Research Postgraduate Fees & Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for research degrees (MA by Research, MPhil, PhD) are set by the University. Information regarding the fees for both Home/EU and Overseas students can be found through the following link. The Archaeology department charges fees at the lower (classroom-based) rate. In addition, there is advice about determing your fee status for international students, and a useful guide about living costs and your complete student budget.

UK and EU students wanting to study with us are eligible to apply for a Doctoral Loan to cover fees and living costs up to a total of £25000. Please get in touch asap to discuss with the Director of Postgrad Research (Steve Ashby) or your potential supervisor. Find out more.

Departmental funding

Current funding opportunities

The department often holds funded PhD studentships tied to particular projects or research or training networks. These opportunities will appear here as they become available.

15 fully-funded PhDs in marine historical ecology (zooarchaeology / palaeogenetics / marine zoology), starting autumn 2019: call for expressions of interest

We are pleased to announce the launch of the SeaChanges Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, offering 15 fully-funded PhDs spread across the Universities of York, Groningen, Copenhagen, Bologna, Oslo, and Cambridge, and the Marine Research Institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

SeaChanges bridges archaeology and marine zoology in order to improve understanding of the time depth of human exploitation and impact on marine species, and to train a cohort of researchers with the necessary skills to operate across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries to this end. This is achieved via a network of complementary research projects that apply diverse methods to address both socio-economic and ecological themes, covering all of Europe's seas, key marine species, and timescales from decades to millennia. The PhD projects are supported by a programme of dedicated training workshops in bioarchaeology, marine ecology, data management, and communication with stakeholders and the public.

Each PhD studentship is a 3-year position with a highly competitive salary and dedicated research/training budget, open to applicants of any nationality (subject to rules regarding trans-national mobility). Full eligibility criteria and a list of projects are available on the SeaChanges website.

The formal application process is due to open in March 2019, with successful applicants taking up their positions from October 2019. In the meantime, we invite expressions of interest from potential candidates. If you are interested, please review the project descriptions and eligibility criteria and complete the form hereideally by March 8th 2019, or email for more information.


David Orton & the SeaChanges team

Making marks, changing values: The contemporary significance of graffiti at historic sites

A Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship between the University of York and English Heritage

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Supervisors: Professor John Schofield (University of York, Department of Archaeology), Dr Megan Leyland (Senior Properties Historian, English Heritage)

Although many heritage sites have examples of historic graffiti, until recently it has not generally formed an integral part of interpretation or research. However, the public response to English Heritage’s recent Richmond Castle Cell Block project, its work on graffiti at Deal Castle and other EH initiatives such as the recording of graffiti at Conisbrough Castle, has shown clear public interest and research potential. This project, focused on the north of England, would form a continuation of research undertaken at Richmond Castle and start drawing together earlier work on graffiti within EH's estate across the region. It will create a typology of graffiti types from sites of all periods. It will also, for the first time and through a participatory approach involving curators working alongside contemporary graffiti artists, examine historic graffiti from the perspective of contemporary ‘mark making’ activities. This part of the project will also therefore address key social inclusion agenda, creating opportunities to work with non-traditional audiences, now increasingly valued within the heritage sector and specifically defined in EH’s Corporate Strategy.

For more information about the project, click here

Application deadline: 26th April 2019 23:59

University funding

  • Home/EU students:  The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.  WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.
    Applicants for an AHRC studentship must already have applied for a PhD programme at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. Please take a note of the 9-digit application number you receive from York; you will need this to progress your WRoCAH application. If you have applied to York, but don't know your number, please contact your potential supervisor, departmental manager (Claire McNamara), or Director of PG Research (Steve Ashby); we will be able to advise. Please do not leave your WRoCAH application till the last minute!  The WRoCAH studentship application form and details of how to apply are available from the WRoCAH website:

The closing deadline for WRoCAH applications is Wednesday, 23 January, 2019 5pm GMT

  • Overseas students: The University offers a variety of full and partial scholarships for international students who pay fees at the overseas rate.  Students must have applied for a place on a PhD at York by 31 January 2019.  When applying students should add the “UoY Research Scholarship” tag at the point of formal application when asked how they intend to finance their studies.

External awards

Outside of the department and the university, there are other ways to fund your postgraduate study, although they tend to be limited. The university has a guide listing other funding sources and sites which aggregate scholarship opportunities (although note that these will cover both MA and PhD funding.)

For international students, we recommend that you research funding streams within your home country, as well as those within the UK.

  • Wenner-Grenn Foundation - provides grants to support anthropological scholarship for research students regardless of nationality
  • Commonwealth Scholarship Commission - scholarships for candidates from developed Commonwealth countries in 2018/19, provided by the UK Department for Education (DfE).  Applications to be submitted direct to the CSC online system. Applications for this award are now closed.
  • Postgraduate Studentships