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Department of Social Anthropology


The MPhil/MRes Dissertation Expenses Grant provides grants to assist with research expenses for dissertations for students registered on the MPhil or MRes in Social Anthropology.

Grants are normally made for expenses over and above ordinary maintenance costs. Applicants should not expect all of their expenses to be covered by the grant, which may only be able to offer part of the amount requested.

Students must have discussed their dissertation plans and their proposed expenses grant claim with their principal supervisor prior to submitting their application.

Funding awarded is at the discretion of the Trust Fund Managers. 


Dissertation work during the winter vacation – Application form to reach the postgraduate administrator ( by Monday 22 November 2021.

Dissertation work during the spring or long vacation – Application form to reach the postgraduate administrator ( by Monday 28 February 2022.  Now extended to 31 May 2022.

If the dissertation expenses fund has sufficient remaining resources, the Department will open a third round of applications in Easter term, dates to be announced.

How to Apply

  1. Complete all details on the MPhil/MRes Dissertation Expenses Grant Application Form and email this to your supervisor at least a week before the final submission deadline.
  2. Send you completed application form by email to, and ensure that your principal supervisor submits a note of support to the same email address by the relevant deadline.

Application Process

Application details are then passed to the Head of Department for discussion with the Trust Fund Managers.

Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome. Successful applicants will be sent a Payments Preference Form: MPhil/MRes Dissertation Expenses Grant which should be completed and returned. Payments can be made as a cheque or paid directly into the recipient's bank account.

Please note, the MPhil/MRes Dissertation Expenses Grant has limited resources available and awards are usually in the region of £200 to £1,000