Details of the application process and funding opportunities.
Finding a supervisor
You are strongly advised to make contact with your proposed supervisor to discuss your research proposal before submitting an admissions application. Details of potential supervisor’s research interests can be found here.
In order to gain a place to undertake a research degree at the Institute you are required to provide a clear statement of your proposed project which should be 1500 words in length (excluding Key References). Particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of your proposal as part of the admissions process.
Your Proposal must describe your research project under the following subheadings (suggested word lengths for each section are an approximate guide):
- Research Questions (c.700 words)
Please provide an outline of the research questions to be addressed, showing their originality and significance within the general field of the research topic referring to key publications. You should identify the key thematic and theoretical aspects of your project as you currently conceive them and then list further specific lines of enquiry that you intend to pursue. You may find it useful to number your specific questions (see Sources, Data and Methods below).
- Sources, Data and Methods (c. 350 words)
Describe the sources of information/data that the research will draw upon and identify any ethical considerations. If possible, please identify which sources you intend to use to address your research questions. If your project will involve field, laboratory-based or museums work please state: (1) where and why; (2) how you propose to access these sources; (3) what permissions are required (identifying any likely difficulties or sensitivities); how the research work is to be funded (expenses other than UCL fees, living costs, etc.).
- Research Skills (c.350 words)
Give an account of the knowledge and expertise that you already have which is relevant to the proposed research and, most significantly, any training you will need to aquire to undertake your project (for example, GIS skills, use of analytical instruments, statistical methods). Please bear in mind that certain analytical methods and techniques require considerable time and effort to acquire, so please pay particular attention to the appropriateness and feasibility of your research methods.
- Timeliness and Impact (c.100 words)
Please conclude your Research Proposal with a consideration of why it is important to undertake the research at the present time and how the potential outcomes of your project might impact both on specialists in the given field and the wider academic community.
- Key References
Please list up to 12 key references with a brief note (one or two sentences) of their significance to your proposed research topic.
All applicants must supply full contact details for two academic references. Your referees will be sent a link via email once you have submitted your part of the application. Please allow at least two weeks for your referees to submit a reference.
A transcript is a breakdown of the marks that you obtained in each course/module that you took at university. Your university will be able to provide you with this document.
If your transcripts are not in English you will need to provide an official translation. This can either be through your University, the British Council, the British Embassy or an official translator.
If you are a current UCL student please print off your current marks from your PORTICO record.
English Language Qualification
English language requirements are described here. We look for Level 2 and you must obtain the minimum scores in the subtests as well as the overall score.
You must have, or be completing, a masters degree in a relevant subject. We normally look for a masters degree with an overall grade of 70% or better, with at least 70% in the dissertation.
Submitting an application
If you are applying for funding ensure you submit your part of the application at least two weeks in advance of the suggested deadline date.
Scholarships and Funding
Details of all funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarship and Funding pages. Below are some suggested funding opportunities but you are advised to also look into alternative sources of funding in addition to this list.
- UCL Research Excellence Scholarship
The deadline for this funding opportunity is 12th January 2024.
In order to be considered for this funding you must have submitted a complete admissions application by the funding deadline (including both references) at the latest and have the full support of your proposed Principal Supervisor. Please note that referees can only submit their references once you have submitted your part of the application.
UCL will close on 22nd December and will not reopen until 3rd January. You are strongly advised to submit all the mandatory documents for this funding opportunity, including the references, before the Christmas closure. These need to be emailed to Lisa Daniel as one document. Please note that only complete applications received by the deadline will be considered for this funding opportunity.
Competition for this funding is extremely high. We receive on average 20-30 applications a year and as an institute within UCL we can only put forward 2 applications to be considered by a College panel. Applications are assessed on the basis of academic excellence as well as the strength of the research proposal and supporting references.
- UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship (ROS)
The deadline for this funding opportunity is 12th January 2024. You need to 'register your interest' and submit a complete UCL Admissions Application (including both references) by the deadline if you wish to be considered for this funding.
You must be a UK-permanent resident from one of the following BAME ethnic groups:
- Black or Black British - Caribbean
- Black or Black British - African
- Other Black background
- Asian or Asian British - Bangladeshi
- Asian or Asian British - Pakistani
- LAHP AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership studentship
This funding is open to Home and International students.
The deadline for the 2024/25 competition is 5pm on 26th January 2024.
If you are applying, the Institute needs to have received a complete Admissions application (with both references) in advance of the LAHP funding deadline. It is essential that you have the full support of your proposed supervisor as they are required to write a statement of support.
The Department offers applicants the opportunity to receive feedback on their LAHP application on the understanding that you have already received initial feedback from your proposed supervisor. Please email your draft LAHP application to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8th January at the latest, we will then aim to get feedback to you by 22nd January 2024. Please do not submit your LAHP application before you have received feedback.
Please note that applications for this funding opportunity do not come through the Institute and that queries regarding the funding application process should be addressed too email@example.com
- UBEL DTP
We are delighted to announce our participation in the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership. We are seeking applications from students in the fields of archaeology and heritage interested in applying social science methodologies to research in the heritage sector. Students can undertake either part-time or full-time study and can enter the doctoral programme either via a 1-year master's or directly. Each of these routes builds on the concentration of academic resources between partnering institutions, including the Institute of Archaeology, Institute for Sustainable Heritage, Raphael Samuel History Centre, the British Museum and the Museum of London. For further information please see here.
The deadline for applications is yet to be announced, but is likely to be in early January. You must have submitted a complete admissions application (with both references) by 1st December and have the full support of your proposed Principal Supervisor. Please note that the deadline may change once the official deadline has been announced.
- Other funding opportunities
Further information on scholarships and funding can be found here.
Some of our students have also received funding from the following organisations:
- NERC - Home students only
- BECAS Chile CONICYT Chilean students only
- CONACYT - Mexican students only
- CAPES - Brazilian students only
- Wenner Gren
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