Postdoctoral fellowship community

Research excellence is at the core of everything we do in the Department of Archaeology. Key to our world-leading research is the department’s thriving and vibrant community of postdoctoral researchers.

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Our postdoctoral fellows are spread across our various research clusters, developing their own research interests and contributing to the wider aims of the department’s research.

Fellowship funding for postdoctoral researchers in our department comes from a wide-range of sources, including the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, European Research Council and University of Sheffield Fellowship Funding. The success of our research fellows in securing funding stems from attracting excellent researchers and through in-depth support from our research committee.

The Department of Archaeology is seeking excellent early career researchers intending to submit an application to an external funding body with the department as their host institution.

If you are interested in conducting your research at Sheffield and are thinking of applying for fellowship funding please contact our Departmental Director of Research and Innovation, Professor Peter Day to express your interest and to find out how we can support your application.

Funding sources for fellowships

Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants

European Research Council Consolidator Grants

Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Find out further information about funding opportunities within the Department of Archaeology here.


Our current fellows

Lenny Salvagno | Gerda Henkel Fellowship


I chose to base my project at Sheffield because of its strong tradition in research in the Medieval and Post Medieval period. It has been a chance to work with internationally renowned scholars; Dr. Hugh Willmott, Senior Lecturer in European Historical Archaeology; Professor John Moreland, Professor of Medieval Archaeology; and particularly Dr. Umberto Albarella, Reader in Zooarchaeology, my advisor for this project.


Lenny's research interests

Pigs have always played an essential role in the development of human economy and society over the centuries but this role has rarely been acknowledged. Of particular interest is the transition between the Late (1400-1500 AD) and Post Medieval periods (1500-1750 AD) in England as it is in this period that some of the mechanisms of breed selection and livestock improvement which have so deeply influenced modern domestic pig populations have their roots.

Lenny's staff profile


Louise Iles | Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship


The Department of Archaeology offers a strong research profile in the study of archaeomaterials and technology, and has an impressive focus on archaeometallurgy with a research-active materials laboratory.


Louise's research interests

My research examines the establishment and spread of iron metallurgy in the Old World. Iron production has been an increasingly important component of society for the past 3,000 years or so, and continues to play a critical role in the shaping of social and natural landscapes. My project - funded by The Leverhulme Trust - develops an innovative method to explore the chronology of early iron production, to enable a closer investigation of the mechanisms of technological expansion and the impact of iron production on regional landscapes.

Louise's staff profile


Michael Wallace | University of Sheffield Research Fellowship


I have a great deal of experience working with the Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and Ancient Land-use, based in the department. In terms of expertise and research facilities, the Department of Archaeology at Sheffield is the logical place for me to conduct my research.


Michael's research interests

My research focuses on the prehistory of Europe, specifically the emergence and development of agricultural economies. I explore this theme through the study of plant remains (archaeobotany), make use of morphometric and statistical techniques.

Michael's staff profile

PhD scholarships

There are lots of different types of scholarships available, from full awards covering fees, living expenses and research costs to partial fee scholarships.