Saturday, April 2, 2011

University College London (UCL) Institute Fellowship in Archaeology


This research fellowship (equivalent to PhD research) focuses on identifying and interpreting patterns in copper alloy composition used from the Bronze Age up to the Medieval period in the eastern Mediterranean, looking at geographical preferences as well as changes over time.

The project builds on the successful work of earlier research on copper-based artefacts, making extensive use of published analytical data, expanding the existing technological and typological interpretation of alloy preferences into a wider overarching picture across time and space. It is expected that as part of this research targeted additional analyses will be conducted to supplement existing data sets in strategically relevant regions and periods.

Within the very broad outline of this project it is expected that the successful applicant will focus only on one segment of time and / or space; the application should reflect this in the research outline (see below), and explain why the focus is on the chosen segment, and what additional analytical work is expected to be done, including a statement concerning the possibility of access for sampling to such material.

Academic Requirements

Eligible applicants for this Fellowship (equivalent to a PhD position) must by highly numerate and, at the start of the fellowship (1 October 2011), be in possession of a Master degree (MA/MSc) or equivalent in the field of archaeometallurgy, or archaeology, or an otherwise appropriate subject area (maths, geology, materials science). UCL expects that all incoming PhD students have a Masters’ degree at Distinction level or equivalent, and all eligible applicants will be interviewed, either in person or over the ‘phone.

Eligibility criteria set by the European Union for Marie Curie fellowships require that the applicants have no more than 4 years research experience prior to the envisaged starting date.

Marie Curie ITN programs mobility requirement

At the time of the selection, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the starting date of the fellowship.

Duration of fellowship

3 years – starting from 1 October 2011.

How to apply

Deadline for Fellowship application: 31 May 2011

Applications are based on the existing UCL application form for Postgraduate (Research) degrees (, and should include:

I. The applicant’s Curriculum Vitae

II. A covering letter including a statement concerning their eligibility for this fellowship (see below)

III. Transcripts of relevant studies and – where appropriate – a letter from their course coordinator predicting the expected degree result (for those who still have to complete their current Master’s programme)

IV. Two reference letters. Reference letters should be sent directly by the referees to , and NOT through the UCL application system.

V. A research proposal, for which the following guidance is given (potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with Professor Thilo Rehren or Dr Martínon-Torres at the UCL Institute of Archaeology prior to formally submitting):

In order to gain a place to undertake a research degree at the Institute you are required to provide a clear statement of your proposed project which should be 1500 words in length (excluding Key References). Particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of your proposal as part of the admissions process.

Your proposal must describe your research project under the following subheadings (suggested word lengths for each section are an approximate guide):

Research Questions (c. 700 words)

Please provide an outline of the research questions to be addressed, showing their originality and significance within the general field of the research topic referring to key publications. You should identify the key thematic and theoretical aspects of your project as you currently conceive them and then list further specific lines of enquiry that you intend to pursue. You may find it useful to number your specific questions (see Sources, Data and Methods below).

Sources, Data and Methods (c. 350 words)

Describe the sources of information/data that the research will draw upon and identify any ethical considerations. If possible, please identify which sources you intend to use to address your research questions. If your project will involve field, laboratory-based or museums work please state: (1) where and why; (2) how you propose to access these sources; (3) what permissions are required (identifying any likely difficulties or sensitivities); (4) how the research work is to be funded (expenses other than UCL fees, living costs, etc.).

Research Skills (c. 350 words)

Give an account of the knowledge and expertise that you already have which is relevant to the proposed research and, most significantly, any training you will need to acquire to undertake your project (for example, GIS skills, use of analytical instruments, statistical methods). Please bear in mind that certain analytical methods and techniques require considerable time and effort to acquire, so please pay particular attention to the appropriateness and feasibility of your research methods.

Timeliness and Impact (c. 100 words)

Please conclude your Research Proposal with a consideration of why it is important to undertake the research at the present time and how the potential outcomes of your project might impact both on specialists in the given field and the wider academic community.

Key References

Please list up to 12 key references with a brief note (one or two sentences) of their significance to your proposed research topic.

Submission of application

All application documents should be sent in hard copy to Lisa Daniel, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, UK, with the indication

NARNIA ESR05 written on the envelope. Please do NOT submit the application via the UCL admissions portal, since this will unnecessarily delay the receipt of your application.

Financial regime

The fellowship covers UK/EU tuition fees and a monthly salary for three years in line with the FP7-PEOPLE2010-ITN. The annual salary is approximately £25,000 per year before tax and national insurance deductions. A higher rate is payable for fellows with dependent children. A currency exchange rate adjustment will be done at the end of the fellowship. For more information see:

More information on NARNIA

Visit the following link: or contact the project’s manager

Maria Dikomitou (email:, tel. 00357-22893574).

More information about the UCL Institute of Archaeology:

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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