PhD Opportunity: Marine Heritage and Sustainable Development in the Eastern Mediterranean

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to invite applications for a three-year international PhD studentship fully-funded by the Honor Frost Foundation.

Application deadline: 4 October 2021, PhD start date January 2022.

The PhD scholarship is tenable for a maximum of three years, commencing January 2022, at an annual stipend of £16,000 with an additional travel fund of £1,000 per annum. Tuition fees will also be paid directly to the University at the appropriate fee rate.

The Studentship

We are looking for a PhD proposal that sets out to identify ways in which marine heritage can be part of ethical, inclusive and sustainable development in the eastern Mediterranean. The approach should consider the role marine heritage can play in helping to address the challenges in the region.

We invite applications from any discipline including, but not limited to, archaeology (maritime and terrestrial), anthropology, coastal management, cultural heritage, digital humanities, development law, environmental science, ocean science, museum studies, history and visual arts. While proposals can come from any discipline or perspective, they MUST include Marine Cultural Heritage as a resource that can inform solutions to present day challenges at the core of their approach. Proposals can consider the eastern Mediterranean as a whole or be focussed on one or a range of countries in the region.

Proposals should aim to identify the ways in which marine heritage can be seen to be an asset to sustainable development. They should demonstrate how marine heritage, and the data set it can provide, has an important role to play in evidence-based decision-making across the coastal and marine sectors. This could include informing Blue Economy initiatives such as heritage tourism, coastal and offshore development projects, coastal management, climate change mitigation, fisheries management, as well as marine ecosystem conservation, marine spatial planning, policymaking and ocean governance more widely.

Eligibility Criteria

You must be a citizen of Lebanon, Cyprus, Egypt or Syria. Due to funding this studentship is ONLY open to nationals of these countries.

The PhD scholarship requires a good 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) and a Masters degree in any related discipline (see above).

During their doctoral research, the successful candidate will be required to submit annual reports on their progress to the HFF and contribute towards the Foundation’s activities, including supporting the annual lecture, promoting the Foundation and its activities whenever possible, including social media.

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