Postdoctoral Research

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography supports postdoctoral and 'early career' fellowships from internal applicants and from applicants outside of Oxford.

If you are interested in making an application, the first step is to seek a mentor or sponsor who is an academic member of the School. You must have the agreement of both the individual academic and the School in order to make an application. Once you have identified a mentor, contact our Research Co-ordinator who will provide further information.

It is strongly recommended that you contact the School in good time (8-10 weeks before funder deadline) if you wish to make an application to a particular scheme or schemes. Links to the funder schemes usually supported by SAME are given below. The list is not exhaustive and other schemes may be considered.

Step 1. Obtaining support (note that there is often a scheme-specific deadline and gathered field evaluation for this step)

All prospective applicants must initially provide: 

  • a cv
  • a summary of the intended project (1-2 A4 pages max)
  • details of the funding scheme (or a link to the online details)
  • a brief statement of support from the mentor

The proposal will be considered by the Research Committee which recommends support or otherwise to the School. All applications will be assessed on academic merit, the viability of the proposed research project, the extent to which the work fits with existing interests of the research cluster, and the extent to which the research speaks to broader interests within SAME. For calls attracting a gathered field, applications will be ranked. The School will also consider its research priorities and resource or space implications when reaching a decision and it does not necessarily support all applications. Please note that School funding in support of post-doctoral positions is not normally available.

Step 2. The application

All external funding applications require the support and approval of both the School and the University's Research Services Office (RSO). Therefore internal deadlines for completion of the application are usually at least two weeks earlier than the funder deadline. The Research Development Officer will assist in completing the financial information for your application.

We strongly recommend that you engage your mentor in the application process and consider carefully any feedback. You should visit the relevant section of the funding body's website and regularly check it for any changes to the scheme or the funding rules.

Please click on the links below for information about applying to the following postdoctoral schemes:

We will also accept applications to other schemes subject to eligibility criteria and funding rules.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

The School has decided that there is insufficient time to plan for the 7 June/7July deadlines for this scheme and so will not support applications for this round. Details of support for future rounds will be advertised case-by-case.

This scheme, the Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science (Stage 1), supports postdoctoral researchers in health-related humanities and social sciences who do not hold established academic posts.The School has a process for considering the support of post-doctoral applications for this scheme, for full details go here.

The first step would be for you to gain support from one of our academic staff who agrees to act as your mentor. This is a departmental rather than funding scheme requirement and is to ensure our post docs are fully integrated in departmental life. You should then forward your CV and your project outline to our Research Co-ordinator who will arrange for our Research Committee to decide whether to support your application.

The internal deadline for this call has now passed.


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018
The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.
We are awaiting the publication of the official call details from the British Academy, but can confirm that there will be a three-stage application process for those wishing to apply through the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford. The first stage is application for institutional support (August 2018).
Please check carefully your eligibility against the scheme criteria when they are announced.
To be considered for institutional support of your application, please send the following to by noon on Thursday 9th August 2018.
• An outline of research (max 3 pages incl. references, 12 point, 1.5 spaced).
• A CV (max 2 pages).
• A statement of support from mentor(s). The BA require a mentor within the institution, the department requires a member of School staff to mentor each post-doc to ensure our post-docs are fully integrated in departmental life. Two mentors are acceptable. External applicants should ensure they read the background information on our website.
The internal deadline for this call has now passed.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship proposals are joint submissions between the Fellow and a host department/supervisor. A key objective of the fellowships is career development and skills acquisition, so planned training must be addressed in the application alongside research objectives. The grant provides an allowance to cover your living, travel and family costs. Research costs and overheads of the host organisation are also supported


Are open to experienced post-doctoral researchers (or those with at least four full-time year's continuous research activity) of any nationality coming to Europe. Fellowships must be for a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24 months. More information on how to apply and the scheme in general can be found here.


Are open to European post-doctoral researchers (or those with at least five full-time years’ continuous research activity in Europe) wishing to undertake a two to three year research project starting with a 12-24 month period in a non-European country. There is a mandatory one year return phase in Europe. More information on how to apply and the scheme in general can be found here.

The internal deadline for this call has now passed.


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