The University of Edinburgh is accepting applications for the Margaret Stewart Bequest Masters by Research Scholarship in Archaeology in 2019.

The Trustees of the Margaret Stewart Bequest seek applications for EITHER a funded three-year doctorate OR a funded one year Masters by Research scholarship in Archaeology for academic session 2019-2020.

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s ancient universities. The University’s mission is the creation, dissemination, and curation of knowledge.

Worth of Award

  • This funding will comprise tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and an annual stipend currently of £10,000 payable in equal monthly instalments, plus a maximum allowance of £1,500 p.a. for agreed and receipted research expenses (or a total of £3,000 over the course of the PhD).
  • Applicants for part-time study are eligible to apply for this award (any award made would be paid pro-rata).
  • Candidates who are liable to pay the overseas tuition fee rate may apply but should note that if their application is successful they will be liable for the difference between the home and overseas tuition fee rates.


The Trustees would be particularly interested to consider applicants interested in pursuing one of the following projects:

  • A study of the ceramic assemblage, principally Beaker, from the site of Rosinish on Benbecula in the Hebrides, excavated by Alexandra and the late Ian Shepherd, setting this within the broader picture of Beaker use in the Hebrides.
  • Compilation and critical analysis of the overall distribution of Beaker ceramics in Scotland and northern England, including the building of a database for GIS analysis and a consideration of the currently-available chronological information regarding the development of this tradition.
  • A critical reappraisal of the origin and development of the northern British Beaker ceramic tradition (as used in both funerary and non-funerary contexts), focusing on points of similarity with, and of difference from, Continental Beakers and taking into account the evidence for mobility revealed by recent DNA and isotopic studies.
  • Comparison between the Beaker pottery of Scotland and the Beaker pottery of Ireland.
  • Reconciling the biomolecular and archaeological evidence for the distribution of Beakers.
  • Consideration may also be given, however, to applicants who wish to propose a topic of broadly similar scope within the Chalcolithic / Early Bronze Age periods of North-West Europe.
  • The scholarship will be awarded to a student who is accepted for admission either on an MSc by Research in Archaeology programme or for the degree of PhD Archaeology in the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Awards will be made on academic merit and the potential to excel. Applicants must hold a UK 2.1 or first class honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant field, or should be able to prove their academic merit through evidence of professional achievements, awards or publications relevant to their chosen programme of study.
  • Candidates in this latter category should note that a good first degree will still be required. For the PhD award, the successful applicant will be expected to hold (or to be awarded in the current session) a Masters degree at merit level or higher in a relevant subject.

How to Apply

  • Applicants must submit a complete study application for the MSc by Research in Archaeology or for admission as a PhD student in advance of the scholarship deadline
  • Details of your academic references and, where available, other supporting documents (such as evidence of English language competency, degree certificate(s) and academic transcript(s)), must also be uploaded to your study application by this date.
  • You will not be able to apply for a scholarship unless you have applied for a programme of study entering in 2019-2020. The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd our web-based information portal. When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University username and password.
  • As part of your application, you will complete a personal statement. Do not underestimate the importance of your personal statement in which you should set out your academic achievements and goals, and indicate how the award would benefit your studies.
  • This statement should give added value to your application and help you to stand out. It will be read carefully by panel members. Make sure that it reflects you and your accomplishments as well as possible.
  • Please send academic inquiries relating to this award to Dr Guillaume Robin 
  • Administrative matters should be referred to [email protected]

Deadline: the closing date for these scholarships is 11:59 pm (GMT) on Wednesday, May 15,  2019. A short-listing meeting will be convened after the deadline and short-listed candidates may be interviewed in Edinburgh in the week commencing 8th July 2019. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by 22nd July 2019.


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