- Applications are invited for a funded MA by Research opportunity to work on the project entitled 'Late Quaternary Coastal Palaeoecologies of the Maltese Islands and their human impact' financed by the Research Excellence Fund of the University of Malta. The project is led by the Department of Classics and Archaeology in collaboration with the Department of Geography and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. The project aims at conducting detailed fieldwork at select sites to redefine understanding of prehistory and palaeoenvironments of Malta and more broadly, the central Mediterranean. Further information on the project may be obtained by contacting Professor Nicholas C. Vella by sending an email.
- The ideal candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology with at least an Upper Second Class Honours. Due to the nature of the project, candidates need to show evidence of a strong background in archaeological fieldwork techniques and knowledge of Maltese prehistoric faunal assemblages, although where necessary training will be given where specialised skills are required. Applicants should be eligible to be admitted to the MA degree of this University in terms of the applicable bye-laws.
- The selected candidate will be required to register for a MA by Research degree programme in Archaeology at the University of Malta. Candidates who are already enrolled for the degree programme may also be considered for this scholarship. These studies will be supported by a stipend of EUR 500 per month for the duration of 12 months on a full-time basis or EUR 250 per month for the duration of 24 months on a part-time basis. Supervision of the MA studies will be provided by academics involved in the Project. The Scholarship will be subject to the eligibility of the candidates to enrol in the Master’s programme and the successful candidates will be expected to take up residence in Malta and attend the programme in person.
- International applicants are required to present an internationally recognized English Language proficiency certificate at the required level. Further details are available. International applicants are also advised to familiarise themselves with information available on the website of the International Office, particularly to the sections concerning visas, travel restrictions and e-residence permit conditions and requirements. International candidates will need to provide assurance that they have the funds available to cover their stay in Malta. The stipend awarded for this scholarship is to be considered as a form of allowance and will not cover all the costs attached to studying and living in Malta.
The degree has an annual enrolment fee of EUR 400 for local/EU/EEA applicants and total tuition fees of EUR 13,400 for non-EU/non-EEAA applicants. The University of Malta is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to attract top quality students from countries outside the European Union/EEA. Tuition fee waivers of up to 100 per cent shall be awarded to deserving students. The fee waiver will apply for the normal duration of the programme being followed. If extensions of the period of study are required, these may not necessarily be eligible for a fee waiver. Only applicants who have been accepted unconditionally to read for the Master by research on a full-time basis are eligible to apply. Getting a fee waiver is not an automatic right for the selected candidate. Further information on fee waiver scholarships is available.
- Candidates should submit their covering letter, a copy of their curriculum vitae, copies of their certificates and contact details (including e-mail address) of two referees. Applications should be sent by email to Dr Karen Cacciattolo. Applications should be received by not later than Monday 18 October 2021. International candidates are required to present certified translations of their qualifications into English. Late applications will not be considered.
Note: The scholarship awardees will be required to complete an MA application and proposal, which is synthesised, submitted, and assessed separately in accordance with the MA by Research regulations stipulated by the Department of Classics and Archaeology.
- The selection procedure will involve:
a. scrutiny of qualifications and experience claimed, supported by testimonials and/or certificates
b. shortlisting, and
c. an interview and / or extended interview.
- Further information may be obtained by sending an email to Professor Nicholas C. Vella.