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Wyse Prize for PhD Proposal

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The Department is pleased to announce a competition for the best research proposal for a PhD Thesis. The winner will receive a prize of £500 which is to be spent on supporting research for their PhD. This could involve travel costs, equipment costs, or the purchase of relevant books. 

The deadline for entry to the 2018 competition is Monday 3rd June 2019 – but applications may be submitted earlier.

Please note the following:

  • To be eligible for the prize you must have been offered a place on the Cambridge PhD or MRes course  in Social Anthropology to start in October 2019.  
  • The criteria for assessment will be the intellectual merit of the research proposal, and the project’s relevance to the Department’s research strategy.
  • The winning candidate will be notified and the award will be made when they take up their place in Cambridge to embark on the PhD.


How to Apply

Current applicants to the PhD or MRes in Social Anthropology should submit three hard copies of their Research Proposal to the Department of Social Anthropology’s Graduate Administrator.  The Research Proposal should be of no more than 1,000 words detailing and justifying the broad scope, research questions and specific areas they intend to pursue in their research by the closing date.  These copies should be entitled  “Research Proposal For Wyse Prize for PhD Research” and should have the title of the project, date and the name of the candidate. 


Previous Winners

2014 Christina Woolner King's College
2016 Thomas Powell Davies Pembroke
2017 Sophia Hornbacher-Schönleber Murray Edwards
2018 Natasha Sally Raudon St John's