Department of Archaeology

Funding for archaeology students

There is a wide range of financial support available for students at the University of Nottingham. The support available depends on many factors such as:

  • subject
  • award level
  • where you live
  • income

Many of the financial support options require you to hold an offer of a place to study at Nottingham before you can make an application for funding.

It is therefore highly recommended that you begin the application process in time to meet the funding deadlines.


General funding information including bursaries and scholarships


Postgraduate funding

General information


Masters Degree Funding

Midland3Cities Nottingham Masters Studentships
(Note: applications for 2016 entry have now closed)

Tuition Fees and stipend of £8,400 (2016 entry)

This is for students wishing to pursue an on-site Masters (full- or part-time) over a maximum period of two years.

Providing routes in to the AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Nottingham is offering 15 Research Preparation Masters studentships to start September 2016. These awards are available to outstanding students from the UK and EU who wish to pursue a Masters degree (MA or MRes) at the University of Nottingham in any area of the Arts and Humanities and areas eligible for AHRC funding in Law and Social Sciences.

Midlands3Cities Nottingham Masters studentships are intended to prepare students for doctoral study so it is crucial that applicants make a clear case for how the Masters will lead to an intended PhD programme.

Awards will cover the equivalent of home or EU tuition fees for the Faculty of Arts and provide a stipend of £8,400 (2016 entry). They do not guarantee subsequent doctoral funding, for which a separate application must be made.

Further information and application form

Digital Humanities Centre Scholarship

The Digital Humanities Centre at The University of Nottingham invites applications for one MA/MSc Scholarship to provide support in the Centre. The Scholarship is available for postgraduate study in the Departments of Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Music, Philosophy, and Theology and Religious Studies. The award pays an amount equivalent to UK/EU tuition fees for one year of full-time or two years of part-time postgraduate masters study. It can be awarded as a tuition fee or a stipendiary scholarship. 

Further information and application form

Lillian M Ruff Postgrdaute Scholarship - applications for 2015/16 are now closed

Dr Lillian M Ruff is a graduate of The University of Nottingham who has generously established this scholarship in her name.

There will be one recipient in 2015/16, being awarded a scholarship equivalent to the full cost of the UK/EU fee for a part-time taught MA course in the School of Humanities at The University of Nottingham.

Full details on what's involved and how to apply

Scholarships for international students

A range of funding is available for students from different countries.

See the full range of Masters scholarships available

Government supported loans

Student Loan Company

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 for eligible students who are studying a taught or research Masters course from 2016 onwards.

Full details on the Student Services website

Professional and career development loans

Commercial loans supported by the Skills Funding Agency. The Government pays the interest on the loan while you are studying.

More information on the Student Services website


Research degrees funding

Midlands3Cities AHRC PhD funding for UK/EU students: deadline 16 Jan 2017

M3C-219The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP) is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham. M3C provides research candidates with expert supervision (including opportunities for cross-institutional supervision), research training and access to a wide range of facilities, cohort events and placement opportunities with regional, national and international partners in the creative and cultural sectors.

Further details on what's involved and how to apply

Faculty of Arts PhD studentship - working with Manuscripts and Special Collections - deadline 28 February 2017

This studentship, starting September 2017, will enable you to undertake and complete a doctoral degree working on the Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham.

Full details on what's involved and how to apply


Tattershall Castle: Building a History

The University of Nottingham in partnership with the National Trust invites applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a full-time Collaborative Doctoral Award, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, to conduct research on the project ‘Building a History: exploring and explaining Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire’. The project will be supervised by Dr Chris King, University of Nottingham, and Rachael Hall, National Trust, starting 1st October 2016 for a period of three years. The AHRC will offer a standard doctoral studentship in line with the Council’s eligibility requirements at the maintenance/fee levels set for 2016/17. Further information can be found in the AHRC Training Grant Funding Guide.

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in Archaeology, History or a related subject and must satisfy AHRC/University of Nottingham eligibility requirements including Masters-level advanced research training in a relevant field or equivalent professional experience. Prior experience in working with historic buildings (including recording skills) through a relevant Masters dissertation or professional experience will be a significant advantage for any potential candidate.

Applicants should apply by means of a standard, University of Nottingham online PhD application, including a personal statement and a research proposal. Please enter “AHRC CDA Tattershall” as the source of funding and enter “Dr Chris King/Archaeology” as the potential supervisor. Please note that two references will be required. See the online application form for details.

The deadline for applications is 16:00 on Friday 29 July 2016. It is anticipated that interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in Nottingham on Tuesday 23rd August. Informal enquiries regarding the award can be addressed to Dr Chris King.

Download project details  


This Scholarship is founded by a bequest under the will of Sir Francis Hill, Chancellor of the University, 1971 – 1978. This award is open to nominations from the Faculties of Social Sciences and Arts. Each School may nominate only one student. The expected start date for awards is 1 October 2016. The Scholarship can be awarded for up to three years provided that the student makes satisfactory progress.

Full details of what's involved and how to apply


Tuition fees



Department of Archaeology

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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