Funding

This is a summary of the various scholarships that are available to our students 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.

2021 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 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 Oxford-Exeter College Coltart and Bagby Scholarship in Anthropology (OECB)

The College seeks to elect an OECB Scholar from among students who have an offer of admission to study for the DPhil in Anthropology degree within the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME) at the University of Oxford.

This scholarship was created through partnership of Exeter College’s Alan Coltart scholarship, and the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography’s Bagby Trust (established for the “study of urban literate societies”). Where a suitable candidate is identified, the OECB scholarship will fund course fees (at the Home/ROI rate) and a grant to cover living expenses for the duration of the scholar’s fee liability (three years full time).

The successful candidate will:

  • be an applicant to the University of Oxford for admission to the DPhil in Anthropology degree within the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography;
  • become a member of Exeter College and commit to remaining at Exeter College for the duration of their degree.
How to apply

Note: you cannot select Exeter College when applying for the DPhil in Anthropology at Oxford. (Except for the OECB scholar, the College does not normally accept students to read for higher degrees in Anthropology.)  You should, when applying to Oxford, choose any available College, or choose to make an open application, as you wish. Exeter College will work in conjunction the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography to identify all eligible candidates regardless of the College to which they have been assigned.

If we offer you this Scholarship we will also offer you a place at Exeter College, which will take the place of any earlier college offer you may have.  There is no separate application process for this Scholarship; you simply need to apply for your graduate course by the relevant deadline.

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.

If you are interested in applying, please consult the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership website.

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.

Applications are invited for a DPhil studentship in anthropology or migration studies. This studentship will be for a maximum duration of 3 years and include a stipend and research expenses of no less than £36,000 per annum (with additional support during the fieldwork year). Starting in October 2021 this studentship will be within the framework of the European Research Council project “Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy After (Post)Socialism.” Funding from the European Research Council means that applicants of all nationalities are eligible for this project. If/when Brexit occurs, the project will be supported by the UK Government under identical rules.

The DPhil student will be part of a research team led by Dr Dace Dzenovska and hosted by the University of Oxford’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society. Under the supervision of Dr Dace Dzenovska, the student will be responsible for developing and carrying out their own original project in Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia (other locations within the former socialist world may be considered) within the overarching analytical and methodological frame of the project. The student will also undertake collaborative work with other team members.

Project summary:

The project will study the emptying cities, towns, and villages in Eastern Europe and Russia through the lens of “emptiness” as a concrete historical formation that has emerged in conditions when socialist modernity is gone and promises of capitalist modernity have failed. It proceeds from the following observations: (1), many towns and villages across the former socialist space are being abandoned by capital, the state, and people; (2), there is a proliferation of popular and scholarly imaginaries and discourses of emptiness as the ruination of material, social, and economic life, and the coming of a radically different future; (3), emptiness and emptying are politicized, with some political actors pointing to the risks of emptying and others considering narratives of emptying as themselves threatening to the existing political order; and (4), despite—or because—of politicization, emptying is subject to governance, as in the case of “shrinking cities” in East Germany. And yet, the material, social, and political contours of emptying and emptiness are poorly understood. This has considerable effects for how people act upon the concrete challenges that emptying and emptiness present.

The project mobilizes emptiness as an emic discursive figure derived from ethnographic research in the Latvian-Russian borderlands to study the withdrawal of the state, capital, and people in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus (other locations in the former socialist world may be considered). The project aims to: (1), study the experiences and narratives of emptiness and emptying; (2), examine the politics and governance of emptying and emptiness; and (3), use postsocialist “emptying” and “emptiness” as lenses for analyzing global reconfigurations of relations between capital, the state, people, and place at a time when capital flows and statecraft are increasingly concentrated in “global cities,” with the rest of urban and non-urban spaces becoming radically disconnected.

Position requirements

The doctoral student will be enrolled on the DPhil Anthropology or DPhil in Migration Studies, both based at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. In addition to meeting the admissions criteria as described on degree websites (see below), the successful candidate will have good Russian and/or field language skills, be familiar with the region (previous work or education experience), and be prepared and willing to work with ethnographic methods.

Applications are to be submitted via the university’s application portal. The deadline is Friday, January 22, 2021. Please note that in addition to the materials requested as part of the regular admissions process, candidates must submit a letter outlining: (1) their interest in the research topic of the project; (2) previous relevant research or work experience; (3) links between their DPhil proposal and the topic/approach of the project; and (4) their overall suitability for the studentship within the framework of the project.

Further details on eligibility and on the application procedure are available on the university website pages for the DPhil in Anthropology  and for the DPhil in Migration Studies.

Potential applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to contact Dr Dace Dzenovska for more information ahead of the official closing date via email to dace.dzenovska@compas.ox.ac.uk, with “ERC Emptiness Studentship” in the email subject line.

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


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. 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. The deadline will be added here shortly. 

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

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.

Applications for amounts of up to £3,000 will be considered but it should be noted that the total funding available is limited and the preference is usually to fund a number of projects rather than a single application for the maximum amount.

Proposals may include support for: fieldwork, laboratory work and / or archival research and should include how you would address the restrictions/difficulties posed by Covid-19. The awards are not intended to support conference attendance.

EXTENDED CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS to:  Friday, 30 April 2021

For further information email: trustfunds@zoo.ox.ac.uk with "Boise Trust Fund" written in the subject line.


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 2 March 2021. 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.

2021 round

Wellcome Trust application deadline: 2 March 2021

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 2021


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/DPhil, MLitt 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 presentation awards

Limited funds are available to support SAME-registered PRS/DPhil 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 presentation 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

Details will be listed here when bursaries are available.


The Vice-Chancellors’ Fund

The Vice-Chancellors’ Fund is currently suspended.


Radcliffe-Brown and Firth Trust Funds

The aim of the awards, which are jointly funded by the Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) and the RAI, is to help young scholars in social anthropology who are handicapped by lack of funds to work towards the completion of research upon which they have already embarked. PhD students associated with British or Commonwealth universities who plan to submit their thesis within six months of the application deadline are eligible to apply for this award. Grants of up to £750 from the Fund are made at Trustees' meetings twice a year. The closing dates for applications are 30 April and 30 November each year.

Full application details and forms.

 

Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund and Philip Bagby Fund

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

Full details will be available here in due course.


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 annually 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.

Full details of the application process and deadline will appear here in due course.

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.