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Department of Social Anthropology


The Department is able to offer the title and status of Postdoctoral Affiliate to postgraduate members who have recently completed their PhD. Any PhD student submitting their PhD thesis within their 4-year registration period (excluding periods of intermission) may apply for a 12-month affiliation to the Department. The period of 12 months begins on the official date of the award of the student's PhD degree. The status of Postdoctoral Affiliate allows for continued access to University computing and library services, and, especially valuable: entitlement to be listed as a Postdoctoral Affiliate on the Social Anthropology departmental website, and to use the title on one's CV and letterhead. This can be a significant advantage in the process of applying for jobs, postdoctoral awards and research funding schemes.

The title of Postdoctoral Affiliate is an informal designation without remuneration. But in recognition of its value and as a measure of its significance as an attachment to the Department, it is expected that affiliates will be available to assist with our teaching needs, especially undergraduate supervision (i.e. to be Cambridge-based).  Any student wishing to apply to be a Postdoctoral Affiliate should submit their CV and a covering letter to the Postgraduate Administrator, (, for consideration by the Executive Committee. A letter of support from the student's PhD supervisor is also required.

NB: Please note that an entirely separate and formal arrangement exists for the appointment of 'Affiliated Lecturers' by the Faculty Board. Nominations are made by the Head of Department: this is a scheme applicable to those who have been invited to contribute substantially to our teaching programme by giving courses of lectures or other significant contributions to our teaching programmes. The titles of 'Postdoctoral Affiliate' and 'Affiliated Lecturer' should not be confused. And, of course, only those appointed to be an Affiliated Lecturer by the Faculty Board may use this title.