Graduate School

Marine heritage and sustainable coastal development in Lebanon - PhD Scholarship

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to invite applications for a fully-funded three-year international PhD studentship in 2021 to work on an Honor Frost Foundation funded project ‘Maritime Cultural Heritage and sustainable development in the eastern Mediterranean’.


The PhD scholarship is tenable for a maximum of three years, commencing February/March 2021, at an annual stipend of £15,000 with an additional travel fund of £1,000 per annum. Tuition fees will also be paid directly to the University at the international fee rate.

During their doctoral research, the successful candidate will be required to submit annual reports on their progress to the HFF and contribute towards the Foundation’s activities, including supporting the annual lecture, promoting the Foundation and its activities whenever possible, including social media. The successful candidate will be encouraged to publish the results of their research in the HFF Publication Research Series


You must be a citizen of Lebanon, Cyprus, Egypt or Syria. This studentship is ONLY open to nationals of these countries.

The PhD scholarship requires a good 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) and a Masters degree. As our approach is multidisciplinary, we are interested in hearing from researchers form any related discipline including archaeology, anthropology, development studies, history, environmental sciences, digital humanities, law and coastal management.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a genuine interest in the maritime cultural heritage of the region and the PhD will be based in the Department of Archaeology within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. The candidate would be expected to develop the subject in their home country upon their return at least for the equivalent time they were recipients of the scholarship (i.e. minimum three years).


Applicants for these awards must:

  • Hold a UK 2.1 or first class honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant field
  • A relevant Masters degree with an overall mark of at least 65%, or international equivalent


Applicants for the scholarship need to submit a copy of their CV; a sample of written work (4,000 words, max); and a research statement of up to 1000 words explaining why you feel you are suitable for the PhD scholarship and how you would approach the topic of marine heritage and sustainable development in Lebanon. Please also arrange for two academic references to be sent independently by the deadline. All material should be sent to HCA Graduate School Office (, copying in Dr Jon Henderson (

Please note that shortlisted candidates will be asked to apply to the University of Edinburgh through the normal application procedure and must meet the usual entry requirements (including English language) for a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. Details are available here:

If you have any academic enquiries about the project please contact Dr Jon Henderson ( For application queries please contact Agata Paluba via (

Deadline for applications: 6th January 2021

We may invite you for interview. Interviews will take place over the telephone or online.