Here are some resources of various kinds that I’ve felt helpful as a postgraduate student and early career researcher

Funding: sources

The Wenner-Gren Foundation have a great resource list for funding sources on their website

British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) also have a list of funding resources

The Lithics Studies society give out small bursaries for research purposes:

The European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association give out Student Research Grants: (competition runs annually each spring)

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding have a lot of resources, and produce a guide (£). Many universities subscribe to it. have a fantastic crowdfunding platform aimed at scientific research. They take a small cut, but I found it a great experience. See my funded project here:

Funding: Writing proposals

Wenner-Gren: How to Write A Grant Proposal

Here is an example of a funding letter I wrote to a charity, which got me £500 towards experiments :

Writing and Researching

The Researcher Development Framework

I found these two books useful for different reasons:

For postgraduates, the Thesis Whisperer has many many great resources. The Research Whisperer is also amazing, aimed more at professionals, but I read it often during my PhD, especially towards the end.

Equality and Diversity

We all need to be more aware of a lack of diversity and equality in archaeology early on in our careers. Here are some links (please message me to suggest more resources)

CIfA Equality and Diversity Group

TrowelBlazers : Women in archaeology, geology and palaeontology

Sexism in the Academy: Women’s narrowing path to tenure

RESPECT – Acting against harassment in archaeology

Athena Swan Charter

Doug’s Archaeology: Archaeologists, the whitest people I know


To help writing a publication, I find the steps in this guide useful: 11 steps to structuring a science paper editors will take seriously


If you are UK based, Shut Up & Write have meetups and writing challenges

I like the Forest App or Marinara Timer to keep focused on my work.

I mention Cal Newport’s book Deep Work in a blog post, and find it useful for learning how to organise my work. I also found this a really helpful point of view on his book:

Create a writing group of your own, set some goals and share your progress on a shared document (Google sheet) – this idea has come from a colleague of mine and it’s going really well!

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