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Honor Frost Foundation Doctoral Award in Maritime Archaeology


Location:  Avenue Campus
Closing Date:  Monday 28 September 2020
Reference:  1287320AR

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship from the Honor Frost Foundation (HFF).

The Foundation's mission is to promote the advancement and research of maritime archaeology in the eastern Mediterranean.  The Foundation offers PhD scholarships in maritime archaeology to students from the primary regions where Honor worked, to undertake research at the University of Southampton. This PhD award is only available to students from Cyprus, Lebanon, Egypt and Syria.

Students will be registered at the University of Southampton and supervised by experts in the field of maritime archaeology. Students can undertake the degree in situ or via the university’s distance learning scheme or a blend of both, dependent upon visa requirements

The PhD scholarship is tenable for a maximum of three years, commencing February 2021, at an annual stipend of £15,000 (or equivalent if based overseas) with an additional travel fund of £1000 per annum. Tuition fees will also be paid directly to the University at the appropriate fee rate.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a genuine interest in maritime archaeology of the region and would be expected to develop the subject in their home country upon their return at least for the equivalent time they were recipients of the scholarship (i.e. minimum three years).

During their doctoral research, the successful candidate will be required to submit annual reports on their progress to the HFF and contribute towards the Foundation’s activities, including supporting the annual lecture, promoting the Foundation and its activities whenever possible, including social media. The successful candidate will be encouraged to publish the results of their research in the HFF Publication Research Series

For further details contact: Dr Lucy Blue 

HFF Entry requirements

The PhD scholarship requires a good 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) and a Masters in either archaeology or a related discipline (preferably maritime archaeology). You must be a citizen of Cyprus, Lebanon, Egypt or Syria.

How to Apply

Applicants for the scholarship need to submit a copy of their CV; a sample of written work (4,000 words, max); and a personal statement of up to 800 words explaining why you feel you are suitable for the PhD scholarship, together with a research proposal. Please also arrange for two academic references to be sent independently by the deadline. All material should be sent to  

Please note all candidates will also need to apply to the University of Southampton through the normal application procedure in order to be eligible for the studentship. The University requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.  Should you be offered an award, we may require you to attend an intensive English language course either prior to or during the award period.  The costs of this may be included in the studentship.

Deadline for applications

Monday September 28th

We may invite you for interview.  Interviews will take place over the telephone, by Skype or in person

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