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 course 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.

2020 Scholarships

Decisions regarding Clarendon, ESRC and AHRC graduate funding, as well as the School's own scholarships, are made in the late spring, and the successful nominees are informed at that time. 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.

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 & Museum Ethnography (SAME) nominates its strongest applicants for graduate study each year for university funding through the Clarendon scheme (open to applicants of all citizenship categories) and for ESRC funding awarded by the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (open to EU citizens; fees-only awards in the case of non-UK citizens; residence requirements apply in all cases). Applications with research proposals in areas of research that are eligible may also be nominated for consideration in the AHRC funding competition, to which the same conditions apply as to the ESRC.

Prospective students wishing to be considered for ESRC funding must indicate this at the time of application as described under the “Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)” banner below. Prospective students wishing to be considered for AHRC funding must similarly indicate this at the time of application and should follow the guidance below ('Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)') and here.

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 SAME scholarships (also open to applicants of all citizenship categories).

Note that only applications for DPhil (PhD) research are eligible for consideration for the ESRC Anthropology Pathway and SAME scholarships; MSc and MPhil applications are not eligible. The ESRC Migration Pathway and AHRC scheme may also, however, make awards for MSc + DPhil (1+3 years) study, and the Clarendon scheme may make awards for MSc + DPhil (1+3 years) or MPhil + DPhil (2+2 years) study [see further guidance below].

For the Clarendon Scholarships and the SAME Scholarships, prospective students do not apply to either the School or the University for these schemes: 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, ESRC and AHRC schemes, which are also open to applicants from outside the School, this may not be another anthropology applicant, but could be an applicant to another nominating department.

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 any relevant 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 be assured 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 applicants should be aware that all of these schemes are extremely competitive, with nomination for, and award of, a scholarship being exceptional. 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; inevitably, candidates with strong records and proposals do not receive scholarships. All decisions concerning these awards are made in accordance with anti-discrimination legislation and best practice.

The ESRC is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on social and economic issues. The University, in collaboration with Brunel University and the Open University, hosts the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership – one of 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships accredited by the ESRC as part of a Doctoral Training Network.

In order to be considered for a Grand Union DTP ESRC studentship, you must select ‘ESRC Grand Union DTP Studentships in Social Sciences’ in the University of Oxford scholarships section of the University's graduate application form. You must also complete a Grand Union DTP Application Form and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the relevant January deadline for your course.

Information about ESRC studentships at Oxford can be found on the Grand Union DTP website. Please ensure you have read all of the guidance available on the website before completing the  Grand Union DTP Application Form. Questions can be directed to the Grand Union DTP Office.

Two pathways are available to applicants to the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography through which they may be considered for an ESRC award, depending upon their proposed research: an Anthropology Pathway and a Migration Pathway.

Please note that the ESRC studentships are not intended for taught master’s degrees on their own – all applications should envisage the applicant continuing with a doctorate. In the case of the Anthropology Pathway awards are available only for doctoral (DPhil) study; in the case of the Migration Pathway awards are available for Masters plus Doctoral study (‘1+3 years’) or Doctoral Study only (‘+3 years’).

In all cases, you must apply by the January deadline for your course.

Most of the information you will need about these studentships, for example whether you are eligible and how to apply, can be found on the DTP website. Questions can be directed to the  Grand Union DTP Office.

For those applying for a studentship through the Migration Pathway, applicants must also email andrea.smith@qeh.ox.ac.uk after submitting their formal application to the university to indicate that they wish to be considered for a studentship.

The AHRC provides public funding in support of research into the arts and humanities, for approximately one quarter of the UK's research population. Oxford participates in the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, providing a number of scholarships each year to students working in eligible subject areas across the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions. Information about applying for AHRC scholarships at Oxford can currently be found on the DTP website.

Note that the AHRC DTP have a very strict policy on funding application forms, and will only consider candidates who have submitted a DTP application with their University application materials.


Information for current Oxford DPhil students applying for OOC AHRC DTP studentships starting in October 2020

In addition to accepting applications from prospective students starting in October 2020, it is also possible for some current DPhil students to apply for an OOC AHRC studentship. Any applications received from current students will be considered alongside those submitted by new students commencing study in October 2020. There is always very strong competition for the limited number of awards available each year.

Current doctoral students at the University of Oxford who commenced their first year of study in October 2019 (full-time) or in October 2017, 2018 or 2019 (part-time), are eligible to apply for AHRC funding. Further information can be found at:

www.oocdtp.ac.uk/current-doctoral-students-applying-funding

In particular, students are advised to ensure that they read the guidance on general eligibility and subject areas. Only students who meet UK or EU residential criteria are eligible for an AHRC DTP Studentship. 

Applications and all supporting material must be sent to ahrcdtp@admin.ox.ac.uk by the deadline of 10 January 2020

Note that in addition to the below other colleges may offer scholarships to candidates in anthropology. Careful searches of the websites of those colleges that admit for anthropology are recommended.


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 2020-2021.

Further details.


St Cross Divisional Scholarships (MSc)

St Cross College is offering one scholarship for a successful MSc candidate in the Social Sciences for entry in 2020-21.

Further details. 


Kyung Hee Scholarship in Medical Anthropology

The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA), located within the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography (SAME), University of Oxford, offers one scholarship for a student to study for the two-year MPhil degree in Medical Anthropology at the University, to commence in October 2020. On successful completion of the MPhil degree, the applicant may be granted further funding to continue to the DPhil programme. The maximum duration of the scholarship shall be five years, i.e. two years of funding for the MPhil and three years of funding for the DPhil (the final year of which, being beyond fee liability, would be living stipend-only).

Applicants should apply for a university place on the MPhil degree in Medical Anthropology through the standard admissions procedures, the forms for which can be downloaded here. They are encouraged to apply by the admissions deadline at 12 noon, Friday 15th November 2019

The scholarship is open to candidates wishing to undertake research on any theme of medical anthropology that is taught at the Institute but it is restricted to those who have already undertaken study at, and are graduates of, the Cheong Kung Center for History and Culture of Korean Medicine at the Korean Medicine College of Kyung Hee University, South Korea.

In their personal statement applicants should indicate clearly that they are applying for this studentship by heading the statement ‘Kyung Hee Studentship in Medical Anthropology’. Decisions regarding the award of the scholarship will be made by a specially convened committee of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Any questions concerning this scholarship may be addressed to Professor Elisabeth Hsu, elisabeth.hsu[@]anthro.ox.ac.uk

In addition to the awards detailed above (“Award Competitions by Nomination” and “ESRC Migration Pathway”) the following awards are advertised here when available:


The Boise Trust Scholarship

Applications are invited for a Boise Trust Scholarship for postgraduate research, tenable at the University from the beginning of Michaelmas Term 2020.

The Boise Trust Fund was established by Charles Watson Boise to support research on the antiquity and evolutionary origin of modern Homo sapiens and other hominins, with particular emphasis on the continued exploration of appropriate sites in Africa, and on the early migration of Palaeolithic communities.

All applications should be in this field of research.

The Boise Trust Scholarship is awarded for up to 3.5 years and at present, offers:

  • a maintenance grant at the current RCUK stipend rate per annum - payment of fees (Home/EU/Overseas)
  • a Research Support Grant of £5,000 per annum for the first three years of the scholarship (with the potential to apply for up to a further £3,000 per annum under the small Boise Trust awards scheme).

Applications are made online using the standard University application form available from 1 September 2019. All eligible applications received by the relevant department will be considered for this scholarship if they have also submitted the dedicated application form (see below).

The closing date is Friday 24 January 2020. Details of how to apply are available at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford.

In addition to the standard university application (above) candidates wishing to be considered for the Boise Trust award must submit the dedicated application form to the Director of Graduate Studies of the department by 24 January 2020 (marcus.banks@anthro.ox.ac.uk).

Applications received from Anthropology, Archaeology, Earth Sciences and Zoology candidates after Friday 24 January 2020 cannot be considered.

For further information, please contact Lynne Bradley, Zoology Trust Fund Administrator (trustfunds@zoo.ox.ac.uk) or Dr Susana Carvalho (susana.carvalho@anthro.ox.ac.uk).

Terms and conditions of the award are here.


The Wellcome Doctoral Awards Scheme

This scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health. I.e. The competition is open to applicants from any area of humanities or social sciences specifically in the area of health (e.g. new DPhil applicants in relevant areas and current MSc and MPhil students who have applied to continue to DPhil research in relevant areas). The website above includes detailed information on eligibility and the application process, and on support for the application.

Applications are to be made directly to Wellcome by the applicant themselves at the website above, via their intended host institution (i.e. the University of Oxford), accompanied by letters of support from prospective supervisor and HoD/departmental Sponsor, who has to formally approve the application.

The Wellcome Trust deadline is 16th March 2020, 17:00 GMT. However, the University of Oxford is required to process the application and has a separate internal deadline earlier in March. Any candidate wishing to apply for this scheme must get in contact with their prospective supervisor and the Head of the School (Dr Elizabeth Ewart) indicating this in January. If their application for a DPhil place in the School is successful then the School can consider undertaking the formal approval process for Wellcome.

Sponsor

In order for the department to act as a 'Sponsor' of the application, the applicant must be in receipt of a formal offer of a DPhil place from the department at the time that the application is submitted.

The sponsor should be in a position to guarantee space and facilities for the full period of the Doctoral research. Sponsors are usually the head of department or head of school/faculty. The sponsor must:

  • be based at an eligible sponsoring organisation that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award
  • hold an established post.

The Sponsor's section of the form is not long but must be completed before the deadline. The supervisor, on the other hand, needs to complete an extensive section of the application form, and both parties must be given plenty of time to do so before the internal deadline. There is a sample version of the application form here.

2020 round

Wellcome Trust application deadline: 16 March 2020, 17:00 GMT

Note that an earlier internal (i.e. University of Oxford) deadline in early March will apply for processing of the application and completion of the necessary statements of institutional support.

Decision: May 2020


UK Reproducibility Network Studentship 2020

Applications are invited for a fully-funded studentship investigating the reliability of key findings in the evolutionary social sciences (broadly defined to include human behavioural ecology, evolutionary psychology, the study of cultural evolution, and related fields).

The specific focus of the project will be determined in collaboration with the student. Possible topics include the entrenchment of false facts in the literature due to citation and/or publication bias, investigation of the incentives (individual and institutional) leading to such bias and related distortions, and evaluation of attitudes towards possible interventions (e.g. pre-registration, data sharing) aimed at improving the reliability of research findings. Co-supervision will be arranged where feasible, depending on the focus of the project.

The doctoral student will be enrolled on the DPhil Anthropology and based at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. The studentship is co-funded by the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) and the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford. The successful candidate will join a cohort of doctoral students supported by the UKRN, based in Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Sheffield. They will have access to training, mentoring, and other opportunities available via UKRN and its local network, Reproducible Research Oxford.

The ideal candidate will have training in (i) anthropology, biology, psychology, or related subjects, (ii) an excellent academic record, (iii) strong quantitative/computational skills, with a keen interest in open research practice and reproducibility, and (iv) excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

The studentship will begin in October 2020. It will cover tuition fees (UK/EU rate) and an annual tax-free stipend (2019/2020 rate: £15,009), for up to 3 years full-time.

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit. Applicants who belong to groups that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are due on 24 January 2020 via the university’s usual application process (but see additional actions required below). Further details on eligibility and on the application procedure are available at:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-anthropology

https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/fees-funding-and-scholarship-search/standard-scholarship-selection-terms

Potential applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to submit an informal expression of interest well ahead of the official closing date, and ideally before 20 November 2019, via email, with “UKRN studentship” in the email subject line. Send a single PDF document, including:

  • a letter of application outlining your interest in the research topics, any previous research experience, and your suitability for the scholarship against the criteria given above, and confirming your eligibility for the DPhil Anthropology;
  • a brief curriculum vitae;
  • a sample of your written work (max. 5 pages).

Oxford–Leon E and Iris Beghian Graduate Scholarship 2020

Dr Laura Fortunato is seeking a doctoral student to work on topics in evolutionary/biological anthropology, with a focus on the biology of sex and reproduction in humans and its interaction with culture (e.g. female–male differences in behaviour, and/or the evolution of kinship and marriage systems).

The specific focus of the project will be determined in collaboration with the student. Several directions at the interface of biology and anthropology are possible, ranging from comparative studies of social behaviour across species to field-based data collection and analysis. Co-supervision will be arranged where feasible, depending on the focus of the project.

The ideal candidate will have training in (i) anthropology, biology, psychology, or related subjects, (ii) an excellent academic record, (iii) strong quantitative/computational skills, with a keen interest in open research practice and reproducibility, and (iv) excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

The doctoral student will be enrolled on the DPhil Anthropology, based at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, funded by an Oxford–Leon E and Iris Beghian Graduate Scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford.

The scholarship will begin in October 2020. It will cover tuition fees (UK/EU rate) and an annual tax-free stipend (2019/2020 rate: £15,009), for up to 3 years full-time.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit. Applicants who belong to groups that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are due on 24 January 2020 via the university’s usual application process (but see additional actions required below). The scholarship is open to applicants of any nationality, but who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least five years before the start of the course. Further details on eligibility and on the application procedure are available at:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-anthropology

https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/fees-funding-and-scholarship-search/standard-scholarship-selection-terms

Potential applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to submit an informal expression of interest well ahead of the official closing date, and ideally before 2019-11-30, via email, with “Beghian scholarship” in the email subject line. Send a single PDF document, including:

  • a letter of application outlining your interest in the research topics, any previous research experience, and your suitability for the scholarship against the criteria given above, and confirming your eligibility for the DPhil Anthropology;
  • a brief curriculum vitae;
  • a sample of your written work (max. 5 pages).

Kyung Hee Scholarship in Medical Anthropology

The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA), located within the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography (SAME), University of Oxford, offers one scholarship for a student to study for the two-year MPhil degree in Medical Anthropology at the University, to commence in October 2020. On successful completion of the MPhil degree, the applicant may be granted further funding to continue to the DPhil programme. The maximum duration of the scholarship shall be five years, i.e. two years of funding for the MPhil and three years of funding for the DPhil (the final year of which, being beyond fee liability, would be living stipend-only).

Applicants should apply for a university place on the MPhil degree in Medical Anthropology through the standard admissions procedures, the forms for which can be downloaded here. They are encouraged to apply by the admissions deadline at 12 noon, Friday 15 November 2019

The scholarship is open to candidates wishing to undertake research on any theme of medical anthropology that is taught at the Institute but it is restricted to those who have already undertaken study at, and are graduates of, the Cheong Kung Center for History and Culture of Korean Medicine at the Korean Medicine College of Kyung Hee University, South Korea.

In their personal statement applicants should indicate clearly that they are applying for this studentship by heading the statement ‘Kyung Hee Studentship in Medical Anthropology’. Decisions regarding the award of the scholarship will be made by a specially convened committee of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Any questions concerning this scholarship may be addressed to Professor Elisabeth Hsu, elisabeth.hsu[@]anthro.ox.ac.uk


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. This award is made when it is available; no separate application is required.


Alan Coltart Scholarship

Offered by Exeter College for up to three years of funding for students conducting research in anthropology at Oxford. This award is made when it is available; no separate application is required.


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

Offered with matching funding from the School. This award is made when it is available; no separate application is required.


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. Details of the scholarship appear on the Jesus College website. This award is made when it is available; no separate application is required.


 

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, M.Litt. students and Year 2 MPhil students, but not undergraduates, MSc students or Year 1 MPhil students). 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 PRS/D.Phil. 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.

SAME writing-up bursaries

The School wishes to offer a small number of writing-up bursaries during Michaelmas Term 2019 to those in the final stages of writing up their DPhil theses in order to enable them to submit in a timely manner. The maximum amount available in any one bursary will be £1,500.

In order to qualify for the gathered field assessment, the student must:

  • be registered in SAME;
  • not have been a previous recipient of a writing-up bursary;
  • have been confirmed in the status of DPhil student;
  • present a written case (max. 2 pages) outlining their economic need, including a budget justification and details of any scholarships or grants they have received while doing their DPhil;
  • ask their supervisor or supervisors to write to Kate Atherton with an email of support; and
  • confirm that they intend to adhere to their final submission deadline as agreed with the university which will be within 3 terms at most of application (should this not be the case, without good cause, the student may be required to repay the bursary).

Students wishing to apply for a bursary should write to Kate Atherton with supporting materials and budget submission by noon 22 November 2019 (Friday of Week 6).


The Vice-Chancellors’ Fund

The Vice-Chancellors’ Fund provides awards of up to £3,000 to students in the final stages of their DPhil. 

The Fund has been established through donations by members of the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors in honour of three recent Vice-Chancellors, Lord Neill of Bladen, Sir Richard Southwood and Sir Peter North.

The application cycle for the 2019-20 academic year will open in January 2020. See https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/fees-funding/assistance/hardship/vcf for details of eligibility and application.

Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund and Philip Bagby Fund

Applications are invited for a limited number of Small Research Travel Grants being offered under the auspices of the Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund and/or the Philip Bagby Fund. Applications should be for research-related travel expenses up to a limit of £1000 in the field of anthropology, broadly conceived. 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.

Applications should consist of:

  1. a cover letter summarising the research for which the grant is required (not more than one page);
  2. an itemised budget with full details of the expenditure to be covered by the grant;
  3. two academic references from persons acquainted with the applicant’s work, one of whom should be the applicant’s current academic supervisor if applicable.

Applications should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies, c/o Ms Vicky Dean, vicky.dean@anthro.ox.ac.uk, or Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 51 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE (United Kingdom). Applications should be sent to Ms Dean electronically if at all possible, otherwise in hard copy to the above address. The deadline for the receipt of applications is noon on Friday 21 February 2020. This is a ‘gathered field’ competition and awards will not be made before that date.

Informal enquiries to marcus.banks@anthro.ox.ac.uk


Godfrey Lienhardt Memorial Fund - Travel/Small Research Grants in conjunction with Wolfson College: For research in social anthropology in 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. The Awards Committee, who administers these awards on behalf of Wolfson College, 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 in social or cultural anthropology in the University of Oxford (PRS/DPhil, MLitt and, where appropriate, MSc or MPhil), though not necessarily in the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography.

Applications should consist of:

  1. a cover letter summarising the research for which the grant is required (not more than one page);
  2. an itemised budget with full details of the expenditure to be covered by the grant;
  3. two academic references from persons acquainted with the applicant’s work, one of whom should be the applicant’s current academic supervisor if applicable.

Applications should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies, c/o Ms Vicky Dean, vicky.dean@anthro.ox.ac.uk, or Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 51 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE (United Kingdom). Applications should be sent to Ms Dean electronically if at all possible, otherwise in hard copy to the above address. The deadline for the receipt of applications is noon on Friday 21 February 2020. This is a ‘gathered field’ competition and awards will not be made before that date.

Informal enquiries to marcus.banks@anthro.ox.ac.uk

 

1)      How do I apply for ESRC funding? Please see the sections above “Award Competitions by Nomination: ESRC, AHRC, Clarendon, SAME Scholarships” and “Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)”, and the links to the DTP website therein.

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. See also the section above “Award Competitions by Nomination: ESRC, AHRC, Clarendon, SAME Scholarships”.

3)      What departmental funding is available for doctoral students?  The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography has its own scholarships, usually up to two in number (value usually around £30,000 per annum). These are sometimes paired with additional named scholarships, including the Philip Bagby Studentship for 'the study of the development of urban literate culture’ and the Rausing Scholarship (Linacre College) and, more occasionally, the Alan Coltart Scholarship (Exeter College) and the Alun Hughes Graduate Scholarship (Jesus College). None of these awards should be taken as providing full funding, and they are limited to three years of funding (reapplication may be necessary in year three for the Bagby and Rausing awards). See also the section above “Award Competitions by Nomination: ESRC, AHRC, Clarendon, SAME Scholarships” and “Support for Prospective DPhils”.

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 AHRC scheme when eligible. For the Clarendon scheme suitable applicants are nominated by departments: they do not have to apply directly (see question 2 above, and the section above “Award Competitions by Nomination: ESRC, AHRC, Clarendon, SAME Scholarships”). 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 1 + 3 or 2 + 2 programme, as the case may be. Clarendon awards are open to all students. AHRC award-holders are restricted by citizenship and/or residence requirements. This means that AHRC 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 AHRC scheme. Candidates wishing to be considered for the AHRC scheme need to complete an additional form at the time of application; see the section above “Award Competitions by Nomination: ESRC, AHRC, Clarendon, SAME Scholarships” and links to the AHRC DTP website therein. 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 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 eligible on-course DPhil students may submit an application for consideration for AHRC nomination by the January admissions deadline, for consideration for the following academic year, and 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.

 

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