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2016 Independent Research Fellowship Writing Prize

Posted on 11 April 2016

£1000 prize for best archaeology/heritage research presentation

Do you want to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship or British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2016?

Apply with the Department of Archaeology at the University of York and be part of our independent writing prize competition.

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their research at York and the winner will receive £1,000 cash prize, and the support and encouragement of key staff members to prepare their application.

The Department of Archaeology at York has an outstanding reputation and world-class research facilities. We have an excellent track record in securing independent research fellowships and have hosted more Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows than any other Archaeology Department in Europe. We can offer an unparallelled environment in which to hold an independent fellowship and we are keen to attract ambitious researchers to join our team.

We are seeking fellowships in any of the following areas...

  • Bioarchaeology

  • Digital Archaeology

  • Heritage & Conservation

  • Medieval & Historical archaeology

  • Prehistory and Human Evolution

We are also seeking cross-disciplinary proposals for ambitious researchers to propose fellowships with the following departments:

  • Department of Environment

  • Department of Physics

We offer...

  • The chance to be part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary department, ranked 4th overall in the UK Research Excellence Framework and 2nd for the wider impact of its research.

  • Superb research facilities including the Borthwick Institute & Archives, the Humanities Research Centre (an interdisciplinary hub for research in the Arts & Humanities), BioArCh (a world-class facility combining Biology, Archaeology and Chemistry now housed in a new £12m Environment building), the Centre for Digital Heritage (a collaborative, international research centre in the field of digital heritage, including the application of information and communication technologies to the understanding and presentation of heritage) and four interdisciplinary period centres from the medieval to the modern, Centre for Human Palaeoecology & Evolutionary Origins (Palaeo), Archaeology Data Service, Technology Facility (housing more than £8m of state-of-the-art equipment in key technologies), Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry, ancient DNA facility, Centre for Conservation Studies, and the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, to name but a few.

  • Opportunities to develop multidisciplinary interactions with colleagues across the archaeological spectrum, and with other departments with which we have strong links.

  • The chance to build on 6 years’ experience of submitting and winning fellowship awards with over 25 successful applicants representing research income in excess of €6m.

  • The Experienced and successful mentorship to submit your proposal and the opportunity to develop skills and experience of value in academia and beyond.

To enter our independent writing prize competition please download the application form Fellowship Writing Prize application form and guidance notes 2016 (MS Word  , 47kb) and submit to Jo Tozer ( quoting “Fellowship Writing Prize 2016” in the subject line.

Applications close 12 midnight (GMT) on 30 April 2016.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their research at York on 20-21 June so do please keep these dates free to attend. Reasonable travel costs (usually limited to within Europe) will be met by the Department, researchers otherwise unable to attend in person will be invited to present by Skype. The winner will be decided by the Departmental Research Committee in consultation with the wider department. The prize is awarded only on submission of a fellowship proposal that meets the Department's standards of excellence.

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