Funding

This is a summary of the various scholarships that are available to support study in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. For details of fees and other sources of funding at Oxford University, please click here.

Additionally funding is available for our doctoral students during their research. On a discretionary basis for example, the School offers grants towards the cost of acquiring the skills necessary to carry out research, fieldwork travel funding is available on a competitive basis, and the School has limited funds to support conference attendance to present research. Occcasional bursaries are available for those close to submission. Full details are available below.

2017 Scholarships
Decisions regarding Clarendon and ESRC graduate funding, as well as the School's own bursaries, have now been made and the successful nominees have been informed. In each case if a candidate who has been offered an award declines it or withdraws then that award may become available to be offered to the next nominee on the shortlist/waiting list.
 
ESRC competition candidates who are on the waiting list have been informed. In the case of the Clarendon competition and the School's bursaries, any awards which become available will typically be offered to candidates before the end of June. Any applicant who has not received an offer by that time should conclude that they are unlikely to receive one of the above scholarships.
 

The timescales for other university-run and college-run scholarships differ from this; candidates should consult the literature pertaining to those scholarships for more information. Information on graduate scholarships at Oxford may be found here and on colleges' own web pages.

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Like other departments in the Social Sciences Division of the University of Oxford, the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography nominates its strongest applicants for graduate study each year for university funding through the Clarendon scheme (open to applicants of all citizenship categories) and the ESRC Social Anthropology pathway [see Annex 1:44-48 of that link] (open to EU citizens; fees-only awards in the case of non-UK citizens; residence requirements apply in all cases).

In addition, excellent doctoral applicants nominated for one of these schemes who are not  awarded full funding by the relevant central committees, but who appear next on the School’s lists of nominations, will be considered for one of the School’s own bursaries (also open to applicants of all citizenship categories). One of these bursaries is periodically offered in association with Linacre College, which will additionally contribute a sum equivalent to the college fee for the duration of the award. This bursary will normally go to the top-ranked eligible non-funded applicant on the relevant list.

Prospective students do not apply to either the School or the University for any of these schemes themselves: instead the School selects those it wishes to be considered for these schemes as part of its overall consideration of all admissions applications (i.e. applications for a place on one of our courses). Decisions regarding these awards are made by a number of different dates, depending on the scheme. If a successful applicant subsequently withdraws from one of these schemes – which, though infrequent, could occur at any point – the next ranking applicant will be offered an award in their place. However, in the case of the Clarendon and ESRC schemes, which are also open to applicants from outside the School, this may not be another anthropology applicant, but could be an applicant to any department in the Social Sciences Division.

All applicants should be aware that all these schemes are extremely competitive, with only the strongest applicants being both nominated and accepted for an award. While the University of Oxford does offer some funding, it is not currently in a position where it can do so for every applicant it accepts for a place on a course in the School.

Applicants for the MSc or MPhil who know that they intend to pursue a DPhil (PhD) in the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, via a MSc + DPhil (1+3-year) route or MPhil + DPhil (2+2-year) route, are encouraged to indicate and elaborate this in their Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement, as this will allow them to be considered for 1+3-year or 2+2-year Clarendon or UK Research Council funding awards at the time of application. For this purpose their personal statement may be up to four pages in length and should include a proposal outlining their intended Doctoral research.

Applicants should note that if they are not at this stage clear about whether they wish to pursue DPhil research in the future this will not affect their likelihood of securing a place on an MSc or MPhil now, or of securing DPhil funding at a later date. Anybody who subsequently applies to continue to study for a DPhil (whether after MSc or MPhil) will be considered again for nomination to the award competitions at that time.

All decisions concerning these awards are made in accordance with anti-discrimination legislation and best practice.

For information on the ESRC funding available, see:

https://www.socsci.ox.ac.uk/students/for-postgraduates/esrc-dtc

https://uni-of-oxford.custhelp.com/app/answers/list

Awards under the Social Anthropology pathway are made by nomination.

Three ESRC studentships will be allocated to the Migration Studies pathway each year until 2016. These will be either for 1+3 (MSc in Migration Studies or MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies + DPhil) or for +3 (directly for a DPhil in a migration-related topic). It will be necessary to apply separately to the university, for which please apply here, and for the ESRC grant. Further details here.

MPhil Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (St Cross College)

St Cross College is offering two MPhil scholarships in the Social Sciences for entry in 2018-2019.

Further details.

Philip Bagby Studentship

Funds from this bequest support one studentship, normally for two years (with a possible third year), for ‘the comparative study of the development of urban literate culture’. For PRS/DPhil or potentially second-year MPhil study. Full details are advertised when an award is available.

Alan Coltart Scholarship

Offered by Exeter College for up to three years of funding for students conducting research in anthropology at Oxford. Full details are advertised when an award is available.

Graduate Studentship in Anthropology in association with the Rausing Scholarship, Linacre College

Offered with matching funding from the School. Full details are advertised when an award is available.

Alun Hughes Graduate Scholarship in association with Jesus College

Up to four years for doctoral (not MPhil) research into the languages and/or cultures of Polynesia or Micronesia, including the relationship and interaction of such cultures and languages with those of Melanesia Full details are advertised when an award is available.

Fieldwork skills awards

The School offers small grants to contribute to the costs of certain skills training for SAME-registered research students preparing to do major fieldwork (i.e. PRS/D.Phil. and M.Litt. students, but not undergraduates or students on any of the Masters courses). Examples of eligible training include language-training at the University Language Centre (at 12 Woodstock Road) or (with good reason) elsewhere, and specialized training in the use of specific equipment.

 Fieldwork skills awards are subject to the following conditions: 

·         The training is essential for the degree and research they are pursuing.

·         The costs involved are reasonable, up to a maximum of £750 per application.

·         Only one application per student is permitted in any academic year (Aug-Jul).

Application should be by letter, endorsed by the student’s supervisor and setting out the costs involved, to the Director of Graduate Studies, who will verify academic need. The financial case will then be assessed by the Head of Administration before final approval is given or withheld.

The scheme is subject to a budget maximum in any given year. It is concessionary, not statutory, and therefore may be withdrawn at any time at the School’s sole discretion. Students have no automatic entitlement to these funds and have to apply for them in each case in the manner outlined above.

Conference attendance awards

Limited funds are available to support SAME-registered research students wishing to accept an invitation to present a poster or paper at a conference (i.e. not just wishing to attend a conference). Conference attendance awards are subject to the following conditions:

·         The applicant will be giving a paper at the conference.

·         A copy of the invitation to present is supplied.

Proof is presented that other funding options (e.g. college or conference funds) have been explored and are unavailable or insufficient.

·         The costs involved are reasonable, up to a maximum of £250 per application.

·        Only one application per student is permitted in any academic year (Aug-Jul).

Application should be by letter, endorsed by the student’s supervisor and setting out the costs involved, to the Director of Graduate Studies, who will verify academic need. The financial case will then be assessed by the Head of Administration before final approval is given or withheld.

The scheme is subject to a budget maximum in any given year. It is concessionary, not statutory, and therefore may be withdrawn at any time at the School’s sole discretion. Students have no automatic entitlement to these funds and have to apply for them in each case in the manner outlined above.

Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund and Philip Bagby Fund

Small Research Travel Grants

Applications are invited for a limited number of travel grants annually. Applications should be for research-related travel expenses up to a limit of £1000 in the discipline of social or cultural anthropology, broadly conceived. Applications from outside the University of Oxford are permitted. The Awards Committee reserves the right to offer awards for less than the sum requested in order that as many applicants as possible may benefit.

Details are provided here when funds are available.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to iain.morley@anthro.ox.ac.uk.

Godfrey Lienhardt Memorial Fund - Travel/Small Research Grants: Sub-Saharan Africa (excl. RSA)

Applications are invited for small grants (up to £1000 each) to support research-related travel or small research projects in the field of social anthropology in Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding the Republic of South Africa annually. The Awards Committee reserves the right to offer awards for less than the sum requested in order that as many applicants as possible may benefit.

Applicants should currently be pursuing or intending to pursue research (PRS/DPhil, MLitt and, where appropriate, MSc or MPhil) in social or cultural anthropology in the University of Oxford, though not necessarily in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. 

Details are provided here when funds are available.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to iain.morley@anthro.ox.ac.uk.

School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography Prize Scholarships

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME) invites applications for two prize scholarships of a value of £10,000 each to support students who will be undertaking research towards a DPhil in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography during the 2017-18 academic year.

The competition is open to any registered student who, at the start of the 2017-18 academic year, will not be in receipt of a full scholarship from another source and will have:

  • successfully completed their Transfer of Status assessment,

or

  • successfully transferred to DPhil status from one of the School’s MPhil programs (i.e. have fulfilled all the conditions of their offer and be registered to continue to DPhil).

The criteria for selection will be academic merit of the DPhil research outline, progress to date, and excellence of prior academic record and references.

Each prize scholarship will consist of a cash award to each winner of £10,000 at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

There is no application form. Applications should consist of a covering letter giving up-to-date contact information and details of any other current sources of funding, plus an outline and timeline of the doctoral research being undertaken of not more than 1500 words (excluding any bibliography), and two letters of reference, at least one and preferably both letters being academic in nature with at least one coming from the applicant’s current academic supervisor. Referees should be asked to submit their references electronically directly to the address below by the closing date.

Applications (as a Word document or PDF document attached to an email) should be sent to Vicky Dean, vicky.dean@anthro.ox.ac.uk, by 12 noon on 28 April 2017. Decisions regarding these bursaries will be released before the end of May 2017.

Informal enquiries may be made to robert.parkin@anthro.ox.ac.uk


Dr Nicola Knight Dissertation Prize in Quantitative Methods

In memory of Dr Nicola Knight the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography intends to award the following prizes for the best use of quantitative methods in an anthropological dissertation. Students should be registered within the School.

 Annual prizes :

·         £100 for the best MSc level dissertation

·         £100 for the best MPhil level dissertation

Additionally, a £100 DPhil prize will be awarded every 2 years

The prizes will be administered by the School’s Studentship Awards Committee

Human Sciences Prizes

The Hiorns and Crowther Memorial prizes are awarded annually by the Teaching Committee of the Human Sciences. The Hiorns prize is awarded for the best performance in Finals and the Crowther prize is awarded for the best dissertation.

1)      How do I apply for ESRC funding? For Migration Studies, there is a separate application process for ESRC funding in addition to your course application.  Please see here for further guidance. For Anthropology suitable applicants are nominated by the department: they do not have to apply directly. Candidature for ESRC awards is restricted by citizenship and/or residence requirements. This means that ESRC programmes are ordinarily not available to overseas students, though this may vary if residence qualifications are met. EU students will normally receive a fees-only award, not full funding, if selected for the ESRC scheme. Decisions about these awards are normally released in March or April each year; if you have not received a communication by that time, assume you have not been made an award. Typically between one and three of the School of Anthropology’s nominated candidates receives an award each year, including those detailed in question 4 below.

2)      How do I apply for Clarendon funding? There is no application process specifically for Clarendon funding. Applications are tracked in departments, which nominate eligible applicants to a central committee. Clarendon funding is open to all students. Decisions are normally released in March or April each year; if you have not received a communication by that time, assume you have not been made an award. Typically between one and three of the School of Anthropology's nominated candidates received an award each year, including those detailed in question 4 below.

3)      What departmental funding is available for doctoral students?  The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography has its own bursaries, usually up to three in number (value usually £10,000 per annum). The Philip Bagby Studentship for 'the study of the development of urban literate culture’ (value usually £10,000 per annum) and the Rausing Scholarship (value usually £2,000 per annum plus college fee waiver) are normally advertised every two or three years. More occasional still are the Alan Coltart Scholarship (value currently up to £15,000 per annum) and the Alun Hughes Graduate Scholarship (currently unavailable). None of these awards should be taken as providing full funding, and they are limited to three years of funding (reapplication necessary in year three for the Bagby and Rausing awards). Direct applications are required, and decisions are normally made known in about May each year. 

4)      What funding is available for master’s students? The only funding available for master’s students within the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography is through either the Clarendon scheme or the ESRC scheme. For both schemes suitable applicants are nominated by departments: they do not have to apply directly (see questions 1 and 2 above). In either case 1 + 3 (MSc + DPhil) or 2 + 2 (MPhil + DPhil) programmes are available, in which case the MSc year or two MPhil years receive funding in addition to the subsequent doctorate (three or two more years respectively). In place of the personal statement, applicants wishing to be considered for such funding should submit a research proposal with their initial application for the master’s programme, indicating in the proposal that they wish to be considered for the ESRC’s or Clarendon 1 + 3 or 2 + 2 programme, as the case may be. Clarendon awards are open to all students. ESRC award-holders are restricted by citizenship and/or residence requirements. This means that ESRC programmes are ordinarily not available to overseas students, though this may vary if residence qualifications are met. EU students will normally receive a fees-only award, not full funding, if selected for the ESRC scheme. Decisions about these awards are normally released in March or April each year. 

5)      What travel grants are available? The Peter Lienhardt and Philip Bagby funds award grants for travel for research purposes associated with social anthropology (in the latter case, for ‘the study of the development of urban literate culture’). The Godfrey Lienhardt Memorial Fund awards grants for travel for research purposes associated with the social anthropology of Sub-Saharan Africa excluding the Republic of South Africa. These awards are open to all students. Their value is unlikely to exceed £1000 per award. Direct applications are required, and decisions are usually released in about May.

6)      Can I apply for the above funding if I am already on a degree programme, i.e. as a continuer? The major grants are restricted to students starting a doctorate, with the exception that existing holders of the Philip Bagby and Rausing awards (see 3 above) may reapply for up to three years once their initial funding has come to an end. Only the travel funds are open to all students.

Usually in Michaelmas term, the School may offer the opportunity to apply for Writing Up Bursaries. These bursaries when available, usually with a value up to £1,500, are intended to support the School's DPhil students in the final stages of their
theses in order to enable them to submit in a timely manner.                                                                                                                       

Information on how to apply will be placed here when the bursaries are available.

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