The Max Planck/Harvard University collaboration on the Science of the Human Past in the Ancient Mediterranean is going to be offering 3 five-year full fellowships for international students. These fellowships are awarded for graduate studies leading to a PhD at Harvard University in the Departments of Anthropology (Archaeology Program), History, Human Evolutionary Biology, and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

The new program is a long-term cross-disciplinary collaboration involving these various departments at MPI and Harvard’s FAS and HMS, as well as other interested scholars and scientists at Harvard University.

Applicants who are non-native English speakers and who received their undergraduate degree from an academic institution where English is not the primary language of instruction must take the Internet based test (iBT) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Fellowships are available for pursuing graduate studies leading to a PhD in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Biological Archaeology / Archaeometry and Archaeogenetics.

Worth of Award: There are three 5-year full fellowships available.


  • These three new PhD fellowships are open for recent Bachelor or Master’s degree holders with an excellent record and research experience in two or more of the fields.
  • The new program ordinarily includes two years of coursework at Harvard and fulfillment of the standard requirements for the PhD in the relevant Departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University, where candidates will acquire expertise in the topics and methods covered by the Max Planck Harvard project.
  • After this period, doctoral students will ordinarily conduct substantial research for their PhD at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.


How to Apply

  • Given that coursework and the doctoral examination will be fulfilled at Harvard, applicants to this doctoral track necessarily need to possess all qualifications and documents required for admission by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) within the deadlines stipulated by GSAS.
  • These include, for example, the Harvard application form, transcript of records, proof of language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL), GPA, GRE, a writing sample, and all other relevant materials as specified by each individual department in FAS mentioned above.

Deadline: The application deadline is October 4, 2016.

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