HRP Heritage Science Scholarship

Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) is funding a scholarship, which is open to candidates accepted onto the UCL MRes in Science and Engineering in Art, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA).

Over the two-year period the successful applicant will spend time studying towards the MRes degree at UCL and with the HRP Conservation and Collection Care department at Hampton Court Palace, carrying out scientific research to support significant conservation projects such as the conservation of the Rubens ceiling paintings at the Banqueting House. Heritage science is an interdisciplinary research field encompasses all technological and scientific work that can benefit the heritage sector.

The scholarship covers the course fees for a UK/EU student and a stipend of UKP10,000 a year for living expenses.

We are seeking an individual who:

  • Is enthusiastic about science
  • Has strong intellectual abilities proven with the achievement of a good first degree Plans to make a career in the UK heritage sector Has a passion for history and for communicating conservation and heritage science to the public

Having completed the course, the graduate will be expected to seek employment in the UK in the first instance.

We particularly welcome black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) applicants as we consider that these groups are currently under-represented both in heritage science and within our own organisation: we believe that there should be better representation of our diverse society in this sector. HRP is committed to building an organisation that truly values the differences in people.  We are an equal opportunities employer and truly value a diverse workforce.

Deadline for applications: August 31, 2018.

Please apply online through the UCL application system:

Under funding, indicate “HRP scholarship”. In your motivation letter, please respond particularly to the above four selection criteria.

For more information please contact:
Dr Constantina Vlachou – Mogire, Senior Conservation Scientist
Email:, Tel: 020 3166 6458

Dr Josep Grau-Bove, MRes SEAHA Course Director


Chinese government scholarship program for graduate students in cultural heritage science

Chinese Government Scholarship Program for Graduate Students in Cultural Heritage Science at Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China

Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) sincerely welcomes outstanding international students to join NPU and pursue graduate education in cultural heritage science. By pursuing the major of Materials Science, the students will conduct interdisciplinary research on cultural heritage from the scientific perspective, including characterizing object material and craftsmanship, analyzing degradation phenomena, and developing conservation methodologies.

Students could choose English or Chinese program. The duration of scholarship will be 3 years for master students, and 4 years for PhD students. Successful applicants will receive the stipend of 3,000 RMB/month for master students, and 3,500 RMB/month for PhD students. Besides, the tuition, dormitory housing, comprehensive medical insurance, and 1-year Chinese preparatory study (optional) will be provided for free.

Northwestern Polytechnical University is one of the 211 and 985 project universities and enjoys a highly distinguished reputation. NPU is located in Xi’an, where the Eighth Wonder of the world Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum lies in. NPU is a member of the Excellent Union 9 (E9) universities in China. NPU is an international university of science and technology, and has strong capabilities and outstanding achievements in aeronautics, astronautics and marine technology, making it very unique and distinguished from other institutions. Besides, NPU also offers well -developed programs in humanities, economics, management and law.

The program will be open every year, interested students are encouraged to contact the supervisor first via

For more information of the program:

Dr. Zhanyun Zhu | Assistant Professor/Graduate Supervisor
Centre for Materials and Conservation Research in Archaeology/Centre for Nano Energy Materials
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Key Scientific Research Base of Conservation & Restoration for Mural as Collection and Materials Science (State Administration for Cultural Heritage)
Northwestern Polytechnical University

Apply to the Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarship 2018

The Rathgen Research Laboratory is the leading institution for conservation science, art technology and archaeometry at the National Museums in Berlin. It carries out investigations on a broad variety of materials within the museum environment and focuses its research on scientific issues concerning the care of monuments and archaeological sites.

It carries forward the tradition of the world’s oldest scientific museum laboratory, the Chemical Laboratory of the Royal Museums in Berlin, which was founded on April 1st, 1888 and bears the name of its first director, Friedrich Rathgen.

It is the mission of the Friends of Rathgen (Förderkreis des Rathgen-Forschungslabors e.V., to support the work of the Rathgen Research Laboratory in various ways, among others by supporting research projects of young professionals in heritage science.

To this end, the Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarships have been established in 2009 and are awarded annually. The Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarship enables young professionals to undertake a project at the laboratory within a 1-3 month duration. The topic is proposed by the applicant. Successful applicants will receive a scholarship for Post-Graduate Scholarship of EUR 900 month and Post-doc Scholarship EUR 1,200 per month.

The topic of the research project can be proposed freely by the applicant or chosen from the following three proposed topics, if the applicant has the required previous knowledge:

  1. Study the gold alloy of rings and jewelry by micro-X-ray fluorescence analysis.
  2. Optimization of the Quantification routines for studying archaeological glasses by means of portable X-ray fluorescence analysis
  3. Development of a method for the removal of shell lacquer on ceramics without discoloring the objects through the solving of the lacquer.
  4. Analyses of medieval silk dyestuff and mordant from different origins by means of HPLC and XRF

The application consists of:

  • 1-2 pages explaining the research proposal, the required resources and the envisaged time frame, including preliminary work accomplished and short bibliography
  • CV including list of publications
  • 2 reference letters of support

Deadline for 2018 applications is February 23, 2018.

Please submit your application electronically to:, or by mail to:

– Scholarship –
Schlossstrasse 1 A
14059 Berlin, Germany

Book Conservation Summer School Scholarship, Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship

  • Application deadline: April 7, 2017

Re-creating the medieval palette, an Italian fifteenth century binding and a conservation variation for the Ethiopic binding are just some of the topics the winner of this year’s Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship could be enjoying thanks to Conservation By Design Limited (CXD).

CXD invites conservators and skilled book binders to apply for the renowned scholarship for the 13th consecutive year. The winner will receive £1,500 towards the cost of attending the Montefiascone Book Conservation Summer School, a unique bookbinding & restauration course held each year in the medieval town of Montefiascone, Italy.

Running from the heart of the medieval town throughout the month August, each week, the summer school features a different specialized course and tutor, which this year includes; Cheryl Porter, Jim Bloxham, Shaun Thompson, Alison Ohta, Scott W. Devine, Marco Di Bella and Dr. Nikolas Sarris.

The scholarship is offered in memory of Dr. Nicholas Hadgraft, a good friend of Conservation By Design who died tragically in 2004. Nicholas was a fellow of the University of the Arts London and a key collaborator on the “Squelch Drying” technique devised by Stuart Welch (the founder of CXD), the most effective way to date of drying valuable rare books.

Application forms are now available from the CXD website:

Completed applications must be received by April 7, 2017, and the successful applicant will be notified by the end of April.

For further information on the Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship, contact Conservation By Design on +44 01234 844 260 or visit