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

Midlands3Cities Masters funding - application deadline Tuesday 25 April 2017

These financial awards are available to outstanding students from the UK who wish to pursue a full-time on-site Masters degree (MA or MRes) in any area of the Arts and Humanities and areas eligible for AHRC funding in Law and Social Sciences. 

Start date: September 2017

Application deadline: 12 noon, Tuesday 25 April 2017

Eligible courses; guidance notes; application form

M3C Masters 2017
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, Classics, History, History of Art, 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 - application deadline Friday 28 July 2017

The scholarship is equivalent to the full cost of the UK/EU fee for a part-time taught MA course in the School of Humanities. There will be one recipient in 2017/18.

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


  • Be enrolled in the first year of a part-time taught postgraduate MA course in the School of Humanities at the University of Nottingham in 2017.
  • Meet the residency requirements for a ‘home’ or European Union student, and be liable for the relevant home/EU fee.
  • Be a self-funded student.
  • Have a low income which necessitates your continuing to work throughout your course and be working prior to your starting on the course. 

Closing date for applications Friday 28 July 2017.

Full details and application form

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 PhD funding - applications for 2017 entry closed

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP) provides UK/EU research candidates with:

  • funding
  • expert supervision (including opportunities for cross-institutional supervision)
  • training
  • access to a wide range of facilities
  • cohort events
  • placement opportunities with regional, national and international partners in the creative and cultural sectors.

Full details on the M3C DTP and how to apply


The M3C DTP is a collaboration between:

  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Leicester
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Nottingham. 
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the National Trust - closed

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 1 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 23 August. Informal enquiries regarding the award can be addressed to Dr Chris King.

Download project details  

Sir Francis Hill Postgraduate Scholarship - application deadline Friday 28 April 2017

One Sir Francis Hill Scholarship is available for the academic year 2017/18. This award is open to nominations from the Faculties of Social Sciences and Arts. This Scholarship is founded by a bequest under the will of Sir Francis Hill, Chancellor of the University, 1971–1978.


Students with a conditional or an unconditional offer on a PhD research programme at the University of Nottingham, or who are currently in the first year of their PhD are eligible to apply. International students are eligible to apply but funding is only at the level of HEU fees and maintenance grant. Each School may nominate one student. The award is for full time students only.

Value of the award

Remission of full time HEU, research postgraduate fees and maintenance grant at Research Council rates (i.e. £4,121 and £14,296 for 2016/17). The expected start date for awards is 1st October 2017. The Scholarship can be awarded for up to three years provided that the student makes satisfactory progress.


The application form gives the process for its completion and an indication of how applicants will be assessed.

• Section one of the form to be completed by the student

• Section two to be completed by two supervisors

• Section three to be completed by the Director of Postgraduate Studies or equivalent after the application deadline.

Applicants are asked to liaise with their first and second supervisors to complete Sections 1 and 2 of the form by the application deadline of Friday 28 April 2017*. 

Section 3 will be completed after the submission deadline.

Application forms should be submitted (in Word format) by email to the PGR Team at University Park West Student Service Centre:

*Applicants who are struggling to meet the deadline may submit the application form with just Section 1 completed. In this case the applicant must add the names of the first and second supervisor to Section 2.

This is a competitive award and after an internal sifting process the School of Humanities will nominate one candidate to the Graduate School by Thursday 25 May 2017. The winning candidate will receive a letter from the Associate Dean of the Graduate School in late June.

Download application form (Word document)

Scholarships for international students

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

See the full range of PhD scholarships available


Tuition fees



Department of Archaeology

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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