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.