Doctoral Fellowship in the Field of Prehistoric Archaeology 2016, Germany

Publish Date: Apr 28, 2016

Deadline: Apr 30, 2016


A doctoral fellowship of the Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi for the 2016/17 winter semester (starting October 1, 2016) is now open to applicants. Receiving the fellowship is connected with admission to the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg and participation in the scholarship program “Landscape Archaeology and Architecture”, which is based on a structured curriculum.

The supervisors of this PhD project will be Prof. Dr. Elke Kaiser and Prof. Dr. Wolfram Schier (Institut für Prähistorische Archäologie, Freie Universität Berlin).

Applicants should have an excellent university degree in Prehistoric Archaeology.

The dissertation can be written in German or English language. A good command of a Slavic language (e.g. Russian or Ukrainian) is essential.

The fellowship will include a stipend of 1350 euros per month to be awarded for two years, with an option to extend for a third year upon positive evaluation. A child allowance will be made available in accordance with DFG guidelines.

The project will be dedicated to the “Early copper metallurgy in Western Eurasia”.

The introduction of copper production is understood to have had such an enormous influence that an entire prehistorical time period has become eponymous with this innovation in some regions of the world. Southeastern Europe and the Ancient Near East, in particular, are regarded as core regions in the implementation and further development of technologies for the production. But also other regions were affected by the new material. Although a time span of more than 1500 years is named the Eneolithic in the periodization of the southern parts of Eastern Europe, the role and the function of copper production as an innovation is still poorly understood. Therefore the PhD project will start by compiling an exhaustive database on early copper artefacts found in Eastern Europe from the Urals to the Carpathian Mountains and from the Baltic to the Black Sea (European part of Russia, Ukraine, Moldavia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia). This database will be completed by the entry of archaeometrical data and the results of radiocarbon analyses. It will provide a basis for temporal and spatial investigations. The aim of this project will be a comprehensive understanding of the technological, economical, and social effects of the early copper metallurgy in Western Eurasia.

Application deadline

Applications quoting reference number 2016-A-EK and including the documents listed below should be emailed to by April 30, 2016. For further information, please contact and

Application documents (1 pdf, max 10 MB)

  • Application form (Application form for doctoral fellowships)
  • Cover letter (2-3 pages)
  • Dissertation project synopsis
  • Work plan and schedule
  • Curriculum Vitae (Résumé)
  • Copies of degree certificates (language certifications included)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample (15-20 pages)

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