Graduate Funding

Most students will be required to arrange, or apply for, their own sources of funding, and details of fees and sources of funding can be found on the University admissions website. The exception is when a specific DPhil project is advertised, usually as the result of a successful bid for Research Council funding. Please note that most other sources of funding (including those detailed below) require application by the January deadline.

Further details can be found in the Graduate Studies Prospectus

Graduate Scholarship in Archaeology (2018/19 Entry)

St Cross College, jointly with the School of Archaeology, offers the following scholarship for students who will be studying for a DPhil in any of the fields offered in Archaeology at the University of Oxford beginning in the academic year 2018 - 2019.

The St Cross Graduate Scholarship covers the cost of the College fee (£3,021 for 2017-2018) and the Home/EU University fee plus an annual stipend of £5,000, and is tenable for between one and three years coterminous with College fee liability on condition of successfully completing Transfer of Status.The successful scholar will be guaranteed to have a room in College accommodation (at the standard rent) for the first year of their course.

The Graduate Scholarship is awarded purely on the basis of academic merit and is tenable at St Cross College only.

Applicants entering into DPhil status in 2018-2019 should apply for a place in the School of Archaeology using the University's standard application form and must list St Cross College as their first choice. The application deadline is Friday 9th March 2018 (the final Graduate Admissions deadline). Everyone who applies for the DPhil in Archaeology, Classical Archaeology or Archaeological Science and lists St Cross as their firstchoice of college (and who applies at any time before the final Admissions deadline) will be considered automatically.

Clarendon and Ertegun Awards

All applicants are automatically considered for the University's prestigious Clarendon Awards, covering fees and maintenance for three years. Over the last few years, some 4-7 of these each year have gone to Archaeology applicants, awarded on the basis of merit.

Those applying for a Masters or DPhil in Classical Archaeology are eligible to apply to the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities for three years of doctoral work ( This cover fees and maintenance.

Overseas Students

  • American nationals may apply for British Marshall Scholarships in the case of the two year MPhil degree and for Fulbright Scholarships in the case of the one year MSt degree.
  • Commonwealth nationals may apply for Commonwealth Scholarships.
  • Rhodes Scholars - The MPhil is among the subjects that Rhodes Scholars may study at Oxford.

Funding once your course has started

World Archaeology

The African Studies Committee administers funds for the ORISHA (Oxford Research in the Scholarship and Humanities of Africa) Scholarships. Archaeology and Egyptology are among the subjects included in ORISHA's remit. Further information is available from the Secretary of the Inter-Faculty Committee for African Studies, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD.

The board of management for the Gerald Averay Wainwright Near Eastern Archaeological Fund invites applications for travel scholarships which will be awarded to postgraduate students who have completed at least one year of study at a UK university in Near and Middle Eastern, non-classical Archaeology. For further information, contact the Secretary to the board of management for the Wainwright Fund, The Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE.

The Boise Fund was established by Mr Charles Watson Boise to support research on the antiquity and evolutionary origin of modern Homo sapiens and other hominins, with particular emphasis on the continued exploration of appropriate sites in Africa, and on the early migration of Palaeolithic communities.   The Committee for the administration of the Boise Fund invites applications from Oxford University-based researchers, including graduate students.  Notice of award rounds is given in the Oxford University Gazette.

Classical Archaeology

The Craven Committee funds research (travel, conferences, fieldwork) in Classical Archaeology. For further information, contact the Classics Faculty Board Secretary, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU.

Travel Funds

  • Meyerstein Fund, School of Archaeology
  • Colleges also have their own travel funds for graduate study and research. The amounts obtainable from these sources are variable.