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Graduate Funding

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Funding Opportunities 

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, departments, Research Councils and central University funds. Information about different funding schemes and application deadlines can be found on the Graduate Admissions funding webpages.

You can use our Cambridge Funding Search page to find out which type of funding you might be eligible for, and how and when to apply. In recent years Heritage applicants have been successful in receiving support from a range of funding sources including Gates Cambridge, Cambridge International Scholarships, AHRC, ESRC and Vice-Chancellor's Awards, amongst others.

 

ESRC Studentships

The University of Cambridge hosts an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which provides studentships and doctoral training to social science researchers. The DTP typically offers around 30 studentships a year in the following broad social science areas of enquiry:

  • Sustainability, prosperity and wellbeing
  • Inequality, equity, justice and economic growth
  • Conflict, culture, mobility and development
  • Emerging technologies, human behaviour and productivity
  • Cognition, behaviour, language and learning

Prospective PhD applicants are eligible to apply for ESRC studentships through several of the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre's Faculty and Department partners. Prospective applicants should contact the department to which they wish to apply or the CHRC Coordinator for more information.

 

Gates Cambridge

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

The selection criteria, in addition to outstanding intellectual ability and leadership potential, requires applicants to demonstrative a commitment to improving the lives of others - making Heritage researchers tackling contemporary societal challenges strong applicants for these highly competitive awards.

More information about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme can be found on Graduate Admissions funding webpages and the Gates Cambridge website.

 

 

PhD Studentship in Heritage Studies

Yangshao

3-year PhD Studentship on the project Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship in Heritage Studies in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, beginning in October 2019. The successful applicant will conduct doctoral research as part of the project 'Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact'. This project is funded by the Shanghai Academy of Guyewang Studies and hosted by the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre and McDonald Institute.

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship in Heritage Studies in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, beginning in October 2019. The successful applicant will conduct doctoral research as part of the project 'Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact'. This project is funded by the Shanghai Academy of Guyewang Studies and hosted by the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre and McDonald Institute. The Yangshao Culture refers to a Neolithic culture that existed along the Yellow River in China. The Yangshao Culture has been granted a central role in the development of agriculture and the invention of new material forms in Chinese prehistory. The project will analyse the historiography of the Yangshao Culture and its functioning as a heritage icon for the Chinese nation. There will be three strands of analysis, of which this studentship will contribute to one.

The PhD student will conduct research to analyse the uses of archaeological interpretations of the Yangshao Culture and assignment of contemporary significance to it as 'Chinese Heritage'. Focusing on claims made by individual provinces at local government level, the research will investigate how links between prehistory, heritage and contemporary identity claims are constructed within a Chinese context. The student will provide new evidence and interpretations regarding how local governments seek to promote recognition of their own version of the Yangshao Culture, and contest and negotiate their heritage claims with their neighbours. The student will work to provide a better understanding of what unifies or separate the accounts given to support claims and will contribute important insights derived from analysis at this scale.

The studentship will provide an annual maintenance grant (at least £14,130 pa at current rates) and will cover university tuition fees. The student will be able to apply to the project PI for additional research and fieldwork costs.

The successful candidate will have obtained a Merit grade in a Masters degree in Heritage or a related discipline from a UK institution or the equivalent from a non-UK institution, or possess relevant professional experience. The candidate will demonstrate competence in English at a high level by meeting the University language requirement. If required, the applicant must be in possession of an accepted language test certificate at the point of application. The successful candidate will also demonstrate competence in Chinese at a high level as required for documentary research and interviews as part of their doctoral research.

To apply applicants should send the following documents to heritage@arch.cam.ac.uk by the deadline.

  1.  CV
  2.  Academic Transcript
  3. Accepted English language test report
  4. Written statement (not more than 1,500 words outlining the reasons for applying and how prior experience would be drawn upon to the benefit of the research project)

Applicants should refer to the Graduate Admissions website for information on transcripts and language requirements (www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do -i-apply/supporting-documentation).

Two references should be provided. Candidates should ask referees to write directly to bkd20@cam.ac.uk by the deadline.

The deadline for applications is 24 February 2019. Interviews will be conducted via Skype during the week beginning 11 March 2019. The successful candidate will be asked to make an application for the PhD in Archaeology. Receipt of a studentship will be conditional on being accepted for the PhD.

For further information, details on how to apply, and a checklist of documents required, please follow the link below to the University of Cambridge jobs page. http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/20015/