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Project Assistant (Gandhara Connections Project)

Faculty of Classics, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford

Grade 6: £27,629 - £32,958 p.a (pro rata)

The Classical Art Research Centre (CARC) is seeking to appoint a talented researcher with a positive, can-do attitude, to serve as part-time Project Assistant for its three-year project, 'Gandhara Connections' (supported by the Bagri Foundation and the Neil Kreitman Foundation). The project's aim is to pool and disseminate the latest knowledge and thinking about Gandharan art and its connections with the Graeco-Roman world, and to create web resources for the study of Gandharan art. Working closely with CARC's Director, Administrative Assistant, and IT Developer, the appointee will be expected to take responsibility for three, annual two-day workshops and other events, the editing of resulting online publications, the development of online resources, including a bibliography of Gandharan art and essays on key topics, and the promotion of the project through social media.

The successful candidate does not need to be a specialist in Gandharan art, but must have some postgraduate research experience either in Gandharan art or a related field (e.g. Central Asian archaeology, or ancient Buddhist art) and a demonstrably strong commitment to promoting Gandharan studies.

The post-holder will be based in Oxford, working the equivalent of one day a week, but the specific working pattern is flexible.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via and enter Vacancy ID 126448

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 7 December 2016. It is expected that interviews will be held in mid December 2016.

Contact Person : Miss Philippa Crowley

Contact Phone : 01865 288391

Contact Email :

Link to JD:

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2017 Application Process – notes for guidance

Applications in all areas of Classical Studies, including Classical Archaeology, are invited for these Fellowships, from suitably qualified researchers in the early stages of an academic career who wish to base their research in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford. A previous connection with the University is not required: indeed, according to the Leverhulme Trust website (

The Research Awards Advisory Committee believes that the development of an academic career is best served by gaining experience at different institutions. Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e. between their undergraduate degree and current position) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team.

Hence applications are particularly welcome from those who are currently working elsewhere.  The Fellowship requires the support of a member of the Faculty willing to act as Mentor. 

The Humanities Division and the Faculty of Classics believe that providing early career opportunities for researchers is a continuing priority. It is expected that as in previous years the Faculty will be able to support two applications, co-funded by the John Fell Fund. 

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships are aimed at supporting those at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. Applicants must have submitted their doctoral thesis no more than four years before the closing date, i.e. not before 2 March 2013, unless there has been a career break.  Fellowships are tenable for three years on a full-time basis. Requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period may also be considered. Applicants must not hold or have held a permanent academic position in a UK university or comparable institution, and must have a doctorate or equivalent research experience. Those registered for a doctorate must have submitted their thesis by the closing date.

For more information on the scheme, including eligibility, please see The Leverhulme online application process will open on 1 January 2017 and its deadline for the 2017 competition will be 4 p.m. on 2 March. See below for internal deadlines. 

Please note that you must not apply to Leverhulme identifying Oxford as your place for holding the Fellowship without first applying through the Faculty by the procedure described below, and then being nominated by the Faculty committee.  The stages to be followed are:

a/ apply to the Faculty

b/ if successful, enter into discussion with research facilitators to strengthen your application

c/ submit your application to Leverhulme.

The Faculty Board will receive applications and will forward to the Humanities Division a recommendation from a selection committee; this committee will consider the gathered field of applications. In assessing the applicants’ research records the Faculty selectors will take into account the varying amounts of time that candidates have had since completing their doctorates.

How to apply to the Faculty of Classics

Applications should be sent electronically to the HR Administrator ( at the Classics Faculty by 5.00 p.m. on Friday 2 December 2016, marked ‘Leverhulme ECF 2017’ in the subject header. They should comprise:

  • 1. a CV, two pages at most, including education, publications, any awards, thesis title, and examiners;
  • 2. a draft statement of research, two pages at most;
  • 3. a 150-word abstract summarising the research for a general audience;
  • 4. an indication of what additional research expenses may be claimed.

Candidates are in addition asked to identify:

  • (a) A Mentor for their project from among the permanent members of the Faculty of Classics and confirmation that they are willing to act as a Mentor. More details about members of the Faculty of Classics can be found at
  • (b) A referee, who should be asked to provide a reference that addresses the significance and originality of the research project and the candidate's fitness to undertake it; the reference should be sent directly to the HR Administrator by the above date.  (b) A referee, who should be asked to provide a reference that addresses the significance and originality of the research project and the candidate's fitness to undertake it; the reference should be sent directly to the HR Administrator by the above date.

What happens next?

Once the Faculty has considered the applications it receives and forwarded its recommendations to the Humanities Division, the successful applicants (or applicant) will be supported by a research facilitator in the completion of the full application to the Leverhulme Trust.