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William Wyse Funding

The William Wyse Fund

The Division of Social Anthropology is deeply grateful to Trinity College, Cambridge for its generosity in making available for the support of our field in general and our students in particular the substantial resources of the William Wyse Fund. The College administers the Fund under the terms of a bequest from one of our discipline's pioneering intellectual precursors: Professor William Wyse (1860-1929). Wyse was an eminent classical scholar, a Fellow and Honorary Fellow of Trinity, and a close friend and associate of another of the great Victorian forerunners of modern anthropology: Sir James Frazer. Wyse's will instructed Trinity to use the Fund for 'the promotion of study and research in the Science of Social Anthropology'. The College agreed that the first use of Wyse's endowment would be the creation of a substantial social anthropology studentship open to all members of the University. In 1932 a further critical move was made, of equal importance for the development of anthropology in Cambridge: in addition to student support, the Fund's resources were committed to the creation of the University's first Professorship of Social Anthropology. The William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology is now one of our Division's two endowed Professorships, and has been occupied by a very long line of distinguished contributors to our field. The Wyse Fund is managed by a Committee composed of members of the Division and of Trinity College, and contributes to student needs in a variety of important ways, as noted below.

 

Wyse Studentship in Social Anthropology

The Studentship is open to any person who is admitted by the Board of Graduate Studies and intends to do research in Social Anthropology leading to the PhD Degree, regardless of whether they are liable for fees at the Home or Overseas rate. The Studentship will be awarded by competition.

William Wyse Bursary

This Bursary is intended for students who wish to pursue advanced study in Social Anthropology for admission in 2017. The Bursary is tenable for the duration of the course and covers fees and maintenance at the minimum rate set by the Student Registry.

Wyse Fund Fieldwork Grants

Applications are invited from research students working towards a PhD Degree under the supervision of the Division of Social Anthropology for grants towards fieldwork expenses.

Wyse Prize For Undergraduate Dissertation

A competition for the best proposal for a Part IIB dissertation in Social Anthropology. The winner will receive a prize of £300 which is to be spent on supporting research for their dissertation. This could involve travel costs, equipment costs, or the purchase of relevant books.

Wyse Prize For PhD Proposal

A competition for the best research proposal for a PhD Thesis. The winner will receive a prize of £500 which is to be spent on supporting research for their PhD. This could involve travel costs, equipment costs, or the purchase of relevant books.