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.

2018 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.

ESRC competition candidates who are on the waiting list will be informed. In the case of the Clarendon competition and the School's bursaries, any awards which become available will typically be offered to candidates before the end of June. Any applicant who has not received an offer by that time should conclude that they are unlikely to receive one of the above scholarships.

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.

 

InSIS

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.

Please refer to the entry under the “Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)” banner below for details of how to apply to be considered for funding from the ESRC.

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). One of these scholarships 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.

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].

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 2019 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 to indicate that they wish to be considered for a studentship.

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 2019-2020.

Further details.


Kyung Hee Scholarship in Medical Anthropology

The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, located within the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, 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 2019. 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.

Applicants should apply for a university place 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 16 November 2018. 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 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:


Oxford–Calleva Graduate Scholarship 2019

Applications are invited for one fully-funded Oxford–Calleva Graduate Scholarship, supported by the University of Oxford and the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College, Oxford. The successful applicant will be part of an interdisciplinary team working on a 4-year project funded by the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College, which began in October 2018.

The project will bring together two research groups based at the University of Oxford, working on a range of topics relating to human social behaviour, including cultural evolution, the evolution of cooperation, and the social psychology of inter-group contact. The project’s Principal Investigator, Laura Fortunato, is Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, a Fellow of Magdalen College, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. The Co-Principal Investigator, Miles Hewstone, is Professor of Social Psychology, a Fellow of New College, and Director of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Inter-Group Conflict.

The project aims to investigate the network structure and dynamics of intra- and inter-group interactions in humans, with a focus on cooperation and competition. The scholarship provides scope to pursue research in a variety of topics linked to cooperation, inter-group relations, cultural transmission (in both adults and children), and social networks (both real-world and online), including opportunities to conduct fieldwork in Italy.

The doctoral student will be enrolled on the DPhil Anthropology, based at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, or on the DPhil Experimental Psychology, based at the Department of Experimental Psychology.

Applications are due on 2019-01-25 for the DPhil Anthropology and on 2019-01-11 for the DPhil Experimental Psychology. Potential applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to submit an informal expression of interest well ahead of the official closing dates, and ideally before 2018-11-30. Further information about the awards, the project, and the application procedure is available at:

2018-11-03_Calleva-DPhil-advert


Oxford–Leon E and Iris Beghian Graduate Scholarship 2019

Dr Laura Fortunato seeks 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 2019. It will cover tuition fees (UK/EU rate) and an annual tax-free stipend (2018/2019 rate: £14,777), 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 2019-01-25. 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 2018-11-30, 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.

Kyung Hee Scholarship in Medical Anthropology

The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, located within the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, 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 2019. 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.

Applicants should apply for a university place 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 16 November 2018. 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 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. Full details are advertised when an award is available.


Alan Coltart Scholarship

Offered by Exeter College for up to three years of funding for students conducting research in anthropology at Oxford. Full details are advertised when an award is available.


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

Offered with matching funding from the School. Full details are advertised when an award is available.


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 Full details are advertised when an award is available.


 

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.

The School wishes to offer a small number of writing-up bursaries during Michaelmas Term 2018 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 14 November 2018.

Should budget remain after this call a further gathered field will be invited in Hilary Term 2018.

 

Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund and Philip Bagby Fund

Small Research Travel Grants

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 discipline of social or cultural anthropology, broadly conceived. Applications from outside the University of Oxford are permitted. 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 2 March 2018. References will be accepted until noon on Friday 9 March.

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 Anthropology, 51 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE. Applications should be sent electronically to Ms Dean if at all possible, otherwise in hard copy to the above address.  The deadline for the receipt of applications is noon on Friday, 2 March 2018References will be accepted until noon on Friday 9 March.

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

1)      How do I apply for ESRC funding? For Migration Studies, there is a separate application process for ESRC funding in addition to your course application. Please see here for further guidance. For Anthropology suitable applicants are nominated by the department: they do not have to apply directly. Candidature for ESRC awards is restricted by citizenship and/or residence requirements. This means that ESRC 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 ESRC scheme. Decisions about these awards 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 receives an award each year, including those detailed in question 4 below.

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.

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). 

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 both schemes suitable applicants are nominated by departments: they do not have to apply directly (see questions 1 and 2 above). 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. 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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