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Department of Social Anthropology


The Richards Fund provides studentships or grants to assist with fieldwork for graduate students registered for a course of field research in the Department of Social Anthropology. The Department interprets this to be for PhD students (whether their first year of training was pre-field training or the MRes) embarking on field research in their second year of study.

Funding awarded is at the discretion of the Trustees.

How to Apply

1)    The applicant should complete all details on the Richards Fund Application Form.

2)    The applicant should complete all details including contact details of two referees (Graduate students should ask their supervisor and their Faculty advisor for references in support of their applications.  As an alternative, students may seek a reference from another member of Department staff who has knowledge of their current work)

Return the by email to the Richards Fund Administrator c/o prior to the deadline: Friday 12 March 2021.

3)    Application details are then passed to the Head of Department for discussion at the next Trustees Committee Meeting.

4)    Notification of award funding is made to the Fund Administrator responsible for administering this fund.

5)    Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome. Successful applicants will be sent a Payments Preference Form: Richards Award which should be completed and returned. Payments can be made as a cheque or paid directly into the recipient's bank account.

Payment will be made according to the recipient’s preference.


Please note, the Richards Fund has limited has limited resources available and awards are usually in the region of £1,000 to £2,500.