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William Wyse Studentship

Students at Kings College Gate


The Electors to the Wyse Studentship in Social Anthropology give notice that they intend to award up to two Studentships for tenure from October 2020. Studentships will be awarded by competition and shall be tenable at any College at the University of Cambridge.

The Studentship shall normally be tenable for three years, and will not be renewable thereafter, but the Electors have discretion to award it for a shorter period.

The emoluments of the Studentship will cover University and College fees (excluding the year in which the Student will undertake field research) and maintenance. It will not include fieldwork expenses. The Student will be able to apply for maintenance cover while on fieldwork but will be expected to meet additional field expenses, including travel, from other sources.


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. It is a condition of the Studentships that UK and EU students are eligible for ESRC or Vice-Chancellor's Awards and that overseas students fulfil the eligibility criteria for Cambridge International Scholarships.

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.

How to Apply

It is a condition of the award that applicants have applied online via the University’s Graduate Admissions Office for entry to the PhD programme in Social Anthropology by noon on 7 January 2020.

In addition they should also submit an application for the William Wyse PhD Studentship via the Social Anthropology online application system. A complete application consists of the following documents, which may be identical to those submitted with your application for admission:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A 1000 word statement of their proposed plan of research
  • A substantial sample of written work
  • Two academic references

Applications open from 16 September 2019.

All applications should be submitted by 5pm GMT on 17 January 2020.

Nominated applicants will be informed of the outcome in early April 2020. The PhDs will start in Michaelmas Term 2020.