PhD entry (2018) under SGSAH scheme

The School of Classics at the University of St Andrews encourages applications for PhD entry in September 2018 under the SGSAH (Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities) scheme.

The SGSAH is run by a consortium of eight Scottish universities. Students from the UK and the rest of the EU are eligible for scholarships. Successful applicants will benefit from fees, stipend (UK residents only) and significant additional funding for their doctoral training. Students from EU countries other than the UK are eligible for a fees-only award; the UK government has confirmed that the funding award, for EU students starting in 2018, will cover the duration of their course, even if the UK leaves the EU in that period.

The first step is to apply for the PhD programme at St Andrews. The deadline for applications to Classics at St Andrews under the SGSAH scheme is  20 DECEMBER 2017, but candidates are encouraged to contact potential supervisors as soon as possible in order to leave time to refine the application to the SGSAH.

The University of St Andrews has various additional sources of funding for PhD students:

  • Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships, the deadline for which is 15 November 2017.
  • St Leonards Interdisciplinary PhD scholarships. These are for projects involving more than one School at St Andrews. To be considered for this award you should submit a PhD application by 5 November 2017.
  • St Leonards Scholarships (International Fees). These will cover the difference between home and international fees. To be considered for this award you should submit a PhD application by 25 January 2018.

For each of the three schemes above the first step is to apply for a PhD place at St Andrews.

Further sources of funding will be announced later in the academic year.

We invite potential applicants to consult individual members of staff about their proposed research topics.

For more information on the School’s research visit

For enquiries, please contact Dr Alex Long (Director of PG Studies, or Professor Jason König (Head of School,


Congratulations to James Crooks

James Crooks has been awarded funding by CAPOD for his “Nearly Experts” podcast series, in which he hosts PhD students from a variety of subjects and backgrounds. In each interview, the postgraduates introduce their research to the public, talking about their thesis and the work that goes into it.

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Christopher Smith returns to St Andrews

Christopher Smith, Professor of Ancient History, returns to the University of St Andrews to take up a Leverhulme Major Research Grant after eight highly successful years leading Britain’s largest overseas research institution for humanities and the fine arts, the British School at Rome.

BSR highlights since 2009 include work at dozens of archaeological sites across Italy and the wider Mediterranean basin; the concluding conference and exhibition of the AHRC-funded beacon project Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures, featuring Derek Duncan (School of Modern Languages); a major international conference, Rome and Persia, with Prof. Ali Ansari (School of History and President of the British Institute for Persian Studies); a joint keynote lecture celebrating the UK’s role in MilanExpo 2014 by Lord Stern, President of the British Academy, and Wolfgang Buttress, award-winning architect of the British pavilion; one of the last public events by Seamus Heaney; and a presentation of William Kentridge’s acclaimed installation on the banks of the Tiber, Triumphs and Laments.

Christopher led a €2million building refurbishment which significantly reduced energy costs in the beautiful but notoriously leaky Lutyens designed building which is home to hundreds of researchers and artists every year, and celebrated the beginning of its second century in 2016 wind- and water-tight for the first time in decades. It won the first Premio Hassan Fathy in 2017, awarded by the Ordine degli Architetti di Roma, for the combination of sustainable technology in listed buildings.

Christopher was from 2012 to 2017 the elected President of the Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia Storia e Storia dell’Arte in Roma, the body which represents more than thirty foreign and Italian research institutes. The Unione in this time established an annual festival of culture in Rome, signed a concordat with Italy’s Research Council, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, and oversaw the creation of a library research portal, URBiS, giving access to over two million books, periodicals, photographs and other items for the study of Rome and Italy from antiquity to the present day.

Christopher has been elected a corresponding member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, a member of the Association for Studi Etruschi ed Italici, and a member of the Accademia Etrusca di Cortona (founded in 1726!). He has also been elected a member of the Academia Europaea, and in 2017 received from the Mayor of Rome the Premio ‘Cultori di Roma’ , on the 2770th birthday of Rome on the Capitoline Hill.

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Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

The University of St Andrews is offering three fully-funded scholarships for students starting a PhD programme in September 2018. Students working in history, literature and languages – including those of the ancient world – are eligible to apply. Students thinking of applying are encouraged to contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies and/or a prospective supervisor as soon as possible.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 November 2017.

Further information:

Application deadline for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships at the School of Classics

The School welcomes enquiries about applications to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. Anyone interested in applying should contact the Director of Research (Dr Emma Buckley, or Head of School (Professor Jason König, as soon as possible with an outline of the proposed research project.

Please submit draft full applications by Friday 8 September.

Hallvard Indgjerd wins Fitch Bursary Award

HallvardHallvard Indgjerd has been awarded the Fitch Bursary Award for 2017-18 from the British School at Athens. Hallvard is working on a study of Late Roman and Byzantine pottery from Naxos and the Lesser Cyclades in Greece, and the award will help fund his petrographic analysis at the Fitch Laboratory in Athens. By looking at thin-sections of ceramic samples through a polarising microscope, we can gain knowledge about clay composition, provenance, production technology, and intended use of the pottery.

Congratulations Hallvard!

‘Hamartia’: a triumphant collaboration with the Byre Youth Theatre.

SONY DSCLast night, the Byre Youth Theatre’s Adult Collaborative Performance Group put on a wonderful performance of Hamartia, an original short play inspired by the themes and conventions of classical Greek Tragedy. The play was performed at the Barron Theatre in St Andrews before an invited audience. A group of four young actors from the local community devised the piece themselves, under the direction of BYT’s Stephen Jones. The piece was developed through discussions, talks and workshops on Greek drama and ritual led by Jon Hesk and Ralph Anderson from the School of Classics. The performance was part of a project funded by the University of St Andrews’ Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund. For more information, blog posts, footage and stills on this element of our ‘Greek Drama in the Community’ initiative, keep checking our webpage.

Commenting on the production, Jon Hesk said: ‘Huge congratulations to the performers, Alice Linton, Cameron Melville, Gillian Campbell and Mirte Timmermans – you did a superb job! It has been a pleasure working with Stephen Jones and the group and we hope to continue collaborating with the Byre Youth Theatre in the future on other projects. We have learned a lot from each other. Thanks also to Lillias Chisholm for prop, costume, make-up and set design, BYT manager Ashley Foster and Lottie Haswell-West, the student manager of the Barron Theatre.’