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Department of Social Anthropology


Course diary

The diary contains term dates, course submission deadlines and deadlines for funding amongst other useful information. For a teaching timetable, please see the Timetables.

PhD in Social Anthropology 2023-24
Wed 4th Oct 12:00-12:15 – Pre-field cohort photograph – join with PhD1 students – outside front of building or Edmund Leach Room
Wed 4th Oct

13:30-14:30 – Pre-field induction session – join with PhD1 students – Mond Building Seminar Room

Wed 4th Oct 15:30-16:30 - library induction with Meg Westbury – South Lecture Room, Haddon Library – all postgraduate students
Thur 5th Oct Term teaching begins, please see Timetable
Fri 6th Oct

from 09:30am - Introductory welcome meetings with Prof Stasch and Dr Buitron – Meyer Fortes Room

18:00  - Welcome Party MAA

Tue 10th Oct Postgraduate Safety Course online
Thu 12th Oct Nominations for student reps close
Wed 18th Oct Research Presentations (mini-conference) – Day 1 – Mond Building Seminar Room
Thurs 19th Oct Research Presentations (mini-conference) – Day 2 – Mond Building Seminar Room
Thu 9th Nov Approx date – Research Training Paper titles released
Mon 20th Nov Risk Assessment form for in-person Christmas vacation fieldwork
Tue 5th Dec Postgraduate Funding Competition deadline
Thursday 18 January Lent term teaching begins
Friday 19 January 12:00noon - Research Training Paper 1 (RTP1) submission deadline
Friday 4 Mar Risk Assessment form (and additional section for High Risk areas) for in person Easter vacation fieldwork deadline
Friday 15 March

All internal fieldwork funding applications due (Richards, Ridgeway Venn, William Wyse, SHSS fieldwork fund)

Thursday 25 April Easter Term teaching begins
Friday 26 April 

12:00noon - Research Training Paper 2 (RTP2) and Research Training Paper 3 – case study (RTP3) submission deadline

Monday 13 May  Fieldwork proposal submission deadline
Wed 29 May   approx. date Fieldwork Clearance Interviews
3 June (approx date) Leave to Work Away (LTWA) applications on Camsis - before leaving for fieldwork
Friday 14 June Easter Full Term ends - ensure contact information on Camsis


Academic calendar

  • The Cambridge academic year commences on 1st October and finishes on 30th September each year and is made up of three terms: Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter.
  • “Full term” means the eight-week central portion of each of the three terms (Michaelmas, Lent and Easter), during which teaching takes place.
  • Graduate students operate on the basis of the academic year which extends beyond the end of the Easter Term are expected to be in residence at all times, even outside of Full Term, unless they have been granted leave to work away.

For specific term dates please see University Term Dates.