PhD Scholarships: Bronze Age Archaeology

A message from the Forging Identities project:

10 PhD positions now available in
Forging Identities: The Mobility of Culture in Bronze Age Europe

The EU project Forging Identities is looking for qualified candidates for 10 three-year PhD fully-funded PhD positions planned to begin as soon as possible and not later than October 2009. All positions are financed by the European Commission FP7 People Programme (Marie Curie actions that aims at combining cross-European research training with front-line research.

The project intends to explore a broad south-north corridor between Greece and south Scandinavia in the 2nd and 1st millennia BC, focussing upon processes of cultural divergence and convergence and answering seminal questions such as: How did people, animals, plants, things, ideas, and knowledge travel and on what scale? How did increased cultural mobility impact on social and economic life? How were European and regional identities forged through interaction?

The “Forging Identities” consortium comprises 7 academic/research partners and 11 associate partners across the EU. The positions bring all the benefits of being an ESR, including a very competitive salary and Career Exploratory allowances. Sufficient extra research means will be available to each grant holder to carry out scientific analyses, to travel and to participate in the activities of the project. The exact package will depend on your situation. We can offer the chosen candidates a dynamic and mobile research environment and qualifications in a number of academic, scientific and disseminative fields uniting archaeology with anthropology and natural science. Successful candidates will be expected to take part in full range of training opportunities provided by the project and to participate in, and contribute positively to meetings of the consortium. This will involve travel across Europe and visits to partner institutions. A particular condition, to ensure a high level of cross-institutional synergy, is that nationals cannot apply for a position in their own country. Moreover, only citizens in the EU and EU-associated countries can be considered.

Appointment will take place at one of the following seven network partner institutions:

Aarhus University DK; Prof Helle Vandkilde: 3 positions
Gothenburg University SE; Prof Kristian Kristiansen: 2 positions
DAI Eurasien Abteilung Berlin DE; Prof Svend Hansen: 1 position
CAU Kiel DE; Prof Johannes Müller: 1 position
Cambridge University UK; Senior Lecturer Marie Louise Stig Sørensen: 1 position
University of Thessaloniki GR; Prof Konstantinos Kotsakis: 1 position
University of Southampton UK; Senior Lecturer Joanna Sofaer: 1 position

Applications for a PhD position must be firmly rooted in one of the project’s four work packages described on Please consult this web site for details on the background, objectives and methodology of the Forging Identities project and the related training programme to be undertaken.

Candidates will have to fulfil qualification requirements of individual institutions, which may also have different rules and norms of required qualifications, enrolment, employment and payment. To obtain a PhD grant in Aarhus, Berlin, Gothenburg, and Kiel, the Master degree will have to be concluded before submission of application or before taking up the PhD educational programme. In Cambridge, Southampton, and Thessaloniki it is normally expected that an MPhil or MA would be completed prior to commencement of the PhD although in exceptional cases it is possible to apply on the basis of a Bachelor degree.

Qualified candidates are asked to submit their application to Aarhus University (see below). Incoming proposals will be assessed by a board of Bronze Age experts, and the selected candidates will, in a second round, receive a statement of financial support, together with extra application forms that will have to be filled in and forwarded to an individual institution or university, which will assess the candidate’s qualifications once more, this time according to the requirements of that institution.

The positions may involve secondments (max. 30% of the appointment period) to a partner institution, preferably an associate partner, offering specific training and research in archaeology and frontier natural sciences: Copenhagen, Bochum, Vienna, Stockholm, Alba Iulia, Kisinev, Bratislava, Umeå, Moesgård Museum and Matrica Museum.

The application must be written in English, and contain information about BA and MA exams (stating finishing year and month). The project description – with research problems, hypotheses, background, data, methods/analytical approaches, theoretical tools, and perspectives – should not exceed 2500 words including bibliography and argumentations for a suitable base institution (a prioritised list of minimum three institutions), and wishes for secondments. Please send application, including curriculum vitae, list of academic production, and the names and addresses of two referees electronically to project manager Birgit Rasmussen on Candidates should arrange for referees to send references separately to the same address. For further information please contact Helle Vandkilde ( (+45 89424658), Birgit Rasmussen ( (+45 89424579), and/or relevant senior scholars listed above.

Application deadline is 15th of March 2009.

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