PCMA - IFAO Post-Doctoral Fellowship


The Institut français d'archéologie orientale (IFAO) and the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw (PCMA) invite applications for a 16-months Post-Doctoral Fellowship, starting 01.09.2023 until 31 December 2024.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will organize an international two-day Seminar/Workshop on a subject in relation with Ancient and Medieval Northeastern Africa (Egypt and/or Nubia). The application must outline the state of the art in the proposed subject and clearly present an added value to the studies of past societies. We encourage cross-disciplinary proposals offering a wider, comparative perspective of the area under study.

The conference will take place in Cairo in early spring 2024. Following the conference, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will be in charge of the edition of the proceedings and will submit the manuscript for approval by the joint IFAO-PCMA editorial committee. During the entire course of the appointment, the Fellow will take part in the scientific activities of IFAO and PCMA and carry out his/her own research.

The Fellow is expected to stay in Cairo during the Fellowship and divide his/her time equally between the PCMA and IFAO. The position is a grant, not an employment position, according to Polish and French regulations. The stipend for the entire period of the Fellowship is 32 000 Euros in total, paid on a monthly basis.

Selection Criteria

The applicant must hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a discipline related to the study of Ancient and Medieval Northeastern Africa and/or the Near East for maximum 7 years as of 31st May 2023. The Fellowship is open for applicants of all nationalities.

Application Process

The application will include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Max. 5-page proposal in English outlining the aim and structure of the Seminar/Workshop program, including the names and paper topics of at least four key participants who have agreed to take part in the event. For budgetary reasons the IFAO and PCMA will cover the costs of travel and accommodation of no more than four invited speakers.
  3. Curriculum vitae, including the list of publications.
  4. The names and contact information (including emails) for three referees.

Applications should be sent as a single pdf file to cairo1.pcma@uw.edu.pl and direction@ifao.egnet.net before 31st May 2023, 2:00 PM, Cairo time. Inquiries can be directed to cairo1.pcma@uw.edu.pl or direction@ifao.egnet.net with the subject heading “PCMA-IFAO Post-Doctoral Fellowship”.

Selection Process

All incomplete or late applications will be declared ineligible and excluded from the selection process. All eligible applications will be reviewed by external experts who will provide an assessment of the applicant’s research excellence and the quality of the proposal. The final selection will be made by a Selection Committee composed of the directors of the IFAO and PCMA or their representative and two external experts, on the basis of external reviews and the assessment of the committee members. The results of the selection process will be announced by 30th of June 2023.

Application date
16 months
Humanities : Archaeology, Arts and Art history, History