Postdoctoral Research

General information

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 should then contact our Research Co-ordinator who will arrange for the School to assess your proposal (see Step 1, below). You must have the agreement of both the individual academic and the School in order to make an application.

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.


Sources of funding information

The School circulates a weekly Bulletin by email that includes information on funding opportunities. Contact Kate Atherton if you wish to be added to the circulation list.

The Social Sciences Research Facilitators can provide expert advice on potential funding options. They also run regular briefings on aspects of research funding.

Staff and postdoctoral researchers wanting to discuss your research projects and potential funding options, please contact Research Development Officer.


All funding applications, whether or not they involve a budget, must be approved by the School before submission (please contact the RDO for details of the School review procedures).

Applications for research leave for Tutorial Fellows are also likely to require college consent. Please check with your college senior tutor.