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.

Ecomorphology and evolution of British red squirrels

Fully funded NERC ACCE studentship

The introduction of the Eastern grey squirrel to the UK in the late nineteenth century has had a dramatic effect on the native population of red squirrels. In most places that grey squirrels have become established, they have replaced red squirrels, leaving a highly fragmented distribution across Great Britain with isolated populations in Scotland, northern England and Wales, and on offshore islands such as the Isle of Wight and Anglesey. It is well-established that populations isolated on islands or in other ways can undergo rapid morphological evolution and functional divergence, but it is yet to be tested whether such processes have occurred in red squirrels.

This PhD project will seek to shed light on the replacement of red squirrels by grey squirrels, and the impact of population fragmentation and isolation by quantifying cranial and mandibular morphology in the remaining population of UK red squirrels. Morphological variation will be analysed with geometric morphometrics, a landmark-based statistical shape analysis methodology. The biomechanics of feeding in the remaining red squirrel populations will be compared via biomechanical simulation methodologies such as finite element analysis and multibody dynamics analysis.

The project also incorporates three months of curatorial training at the Leeds Discovery Centre. The successful candidate will be involved in digitising the Discovery Centre collections using photogrammetry and/or structured light scanning. Methodological training in the relevant imaging techniques will be provided at the University of York prior to the placement.

For more information about the project, visit

Work, Play, Space, and Identity: Remaking the North Wing at Chatsworth in the 19th Century and the Present Day

Three Collaborative Doctoral Award projects with Chatsworth and WRoCAH

Country houses often appear to be fixed points in a changing landscape, enduring for centuries in the midst of social, political and economic upheaval. But the country house can also be understood as a site for contestation and negotiation, which is continually remade and repurposed in response to the shifting conditions around it. This network will bring together expertise from a number of overlapping disciplines (history, archaeology, art and theatre history, museum studies, archival practice) to investigate how the North Wing at Chatsworth was rebuilt in the nineteenth centuries, and how it has been used and experienced since.

A key concept underpinning the network is that space is socially produced and that to understand space we need to engage with the social practices that bring it into being. The network will comprise three interrelated projects, each focusing on a different type of social practice and the physical space within which it takes/took place: domestic service, archival practice and performance. Each project will have two main foci: first, to interrogate how social practices were experienced by the range of people (employers, employees, visitors) who engaged within them during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and secondly to investigate how the spaces within which they took place can be reanimated for present-day visitors.

The three projects are:


Visit the website will the full details here:

Stycas, kings and Vikings: the copper-alloy revolution in 9th-century England

WRoCAH funded Collaborative Doctoral Award between the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, and the York Museums Trust (The Yorkshire Museum)

This project will explore the manufacture, use and distribution of 9th-century copper-alloy coins called stycas, minted in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. The supervisors are Dawn Hadley (archaeologist, Vikings specialist, and currently studying the Viking ‘Great Army’ at Torksey) and Andrew Woods (Senior Curator at the Yorkshire Museum, with a specialism in early medieval coinage). Recent research has the need for a reappraisal of this coinage, which has much to reveal about the impact of the Vikings on England and its economy. The student will gain experience of working in a museum, contributing to public understanding of a nationally significant collection.

Expressions of Interest should be sent to Professor Dawn Hadley ( and Dr Andrew Woods ( by 1st December. Please provide an outline of your interest in this PhD studentship, relevant experience and thoughts about how you might focus the research to suit your interests in no more than 500 words.

Download a PDF with the full details here: Stycas, kings and Vikings: the copper-alloy revolution in 9th-century England (PDF  , 289kb)

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