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Postgraduate Funding for Applicants

Social Anthropology Front Entrance

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William Wyse Funding

College Funding

ESRC DTP Studentship


Cambridge Funding Search

Securing funding to support graduate study is a separate (though related) procedure to the academic application. There are a number of funding opportunities available, and all are very competitive. It is not unusual for applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place to find themselves without the necessary funds to commence their study.

The Graduate Admissions Office website provides information about the costs involved in graduate study as well as information on the University's central funding competitions.

Working while studying

The MPhil, MRes, and PhD in Social Anthropology require full-time study and the Board of Graduate Studies lays down firm limits to the other work graduate students may do while studying for their degree. In particular, it is not possible to undertake paid work outside the University during a course at Cambridge and therefore you must ensure that you have adequate funds in place for the entirety of your course prior to commencing your studies.

William Wyse Funding

As well the University's central funding competitions, students wishing to pursue graduate study in Social Anthropology may apply for William Wyse funding. 

The William Wyse Fund generously supports Social Anthropology graduate students through the award of a one-year bursary, three-year PhD studentship and a fieldwork grants fund. Although the emoluments of this fund are held at Trinity College, the awards are available to students of any College in Cambridge.

William Wyse Bursary

This Bursary is intended for students who wish to pursue advanced study in Social Anthropology for admission in 2018. The Bursary is tenable for the duration of the course and covers fees and maintenance at the minimum rate set by the Student Registry.

William Wyse Studentship (PhD)

The Electors to the Wyse Studentship in Social Anthropology give notice that they intend to award up to two Studentships for tenure from October 2018. Studentships will be awarded by competition and shall be tenable at any College at the University of Cambridge.

The Studentships are open to any person who is admitted to the University of Cambridge by the Board of Graduate Studies and intends to do research in Social Anthropology leading to the Ph.D. degree, regardless of whether they are liable for fees at the Home or Overseas rate.

One Studentship is to be awarded to a candidate from a country in the following areas: Africa, Latin American, Melanesia, China, Oceania, South Asia, South-East Asia, Taiwan.

Applications for the bursary and studentship are to be made directly to the Department via the online application system by 12 January 2018. If you have any problems accessing the link please contact the Graduate Administrator on:

College Funding

A number of Colleges offer generous scholarships for graduate students, but they are also very competitive. Often these scholarships will require applicants to name the College as their first or second choice on their application form. As it is not possible to change the choice of college once the online application has been submitted, applicants should check the eligibility requirements carefully before submitting their application for admission.


ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship

A range of ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships are available across the social sciences at Cambridge; if you are interested in how society works and how it can handle global challenges, a DTP studentship will give you a world-class training programme, with access to leading international scholars both at Cambridge and other DTPs, and a wide community of fellow social scientists.

You can find out more about ESRC DTP studentships on the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre website. Please contact the Department’s Graduate Administrator ( to discuss your interest in applying for a DTP studentship.



Fieldwork costs

PhD students undertake a 12-18 month period of research in the field during which they may incur additional costs. There are a number of funds to which students may apply for assistance in meeting these costs including the University fieldwork fund and the Wyse Fieldwork Fund.


Cambridge Funding Search Tool

Other than the funding sources listed above, there are hundreds of funding opportunities available across The University. The Cambridge Funding Search Tool allows applicants to enter their details and pull up a list of funding for which they are eligible.