Why do a PhD at the Dept of Archaeology and Natural History?

PhD Scholarships

The Department of Archaeology and Natural History at the ANU welcomes applications from potential PhD students from Australia and New Zealand. The criteria are:

- Australia or New Zealand citizenship/permanent residence.

- A First Class Honours or equivalent in Archaeology, Palaeoecology or other applicable discipline. A Masters degree or professional experience may be considered equivalent with First Class Honours but will need to be discussed on an individual basis with the department.

- A PhD topic relevant to the department's expertise and geographic specialisation (see aslo Current Projects on ANH website).

Applicants are required to apply in the first instance for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (see here for more information), and to contact a potential supervisor in the department prior to their APA application (contact information is available on the ANH staff page).

International students and others who do not qualify for these scholarships are encouraged to apply for other scholarships funded through the ANU (see the ANU Research Student Scholarship page).

  • Great topics and fieldwork locations (see recently advertised topics below)
  • Situate yourself in a state-of-the-art facility with an internationally recognized research environment and staff.

International students apply for an EIPRS scholarship (due 31st August). Forms are available at http://www.anu.edu.au/sas/forms/

Australian and New Zealand students apply for an APA/ANU scholarship (due 31st October). Forms are available at http://www.anu.edu.au/sas/forms/

Contact information

Tel: +61 (0)2 6125 3373
Fax: +61 (0)2 6125 4917


Masters in
Archeological Science
  Potential PhD, Masters and Honours Degree Topics

- Go to recently advertised topics (click on images for pdf)

(1) Impact of European Settlement on the Tropical Rainforest of Queensland

(2) Biodiversity Change through Time in the Tropical Rainforest of PNG

(3) Microscopic Indicators of Herbivore Extinctions and Invasions

(4) Holocene climatic variability and human impact in the central Pacific

(5) Environmental change through the millennia in New Caledonia

(6) Environmental change on Tikopia, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands

- In addition, all projects detailed under http://palaeoworks.anu.edu.au/wwd.htmlcontain potential Ph.D, Masters and Honours Degree topics with additional funding available to support fieldwork and radiocarbon dating.

- Contact the researchers via if you are interested in pursuing any of these topics and talk to us about developing a research project.

  Undergraduate Programs

Members of PalaeoWorks co-ordinate undergaduate courses in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology (CASS) and the Fenner School (CoS).

  • Introduction to Environmental Archaeology

  • Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

  • The Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders
  • Animals, Plants and People


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