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Department of Social Anthropology

Wedding Yajna, West Bengal (credit: John Fahy)

Graduate Funding

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources. The main source of internal funding is a wide range of awards organised through the Cambridge Trust, for which you will need to complete the relevant box on the application form to apply. Other forms of funding include Gates Cambridge, which requires an additional statement on the application form, Colleges, Research Councils and central University funds.

The William Wyse Fund provides support for students applying to the Department of Social Anthropology. The William Wyse Bursary is available for students who wish to pursue either the MPhil in Social Anthropology, the MPhil in Social Anthropological Research or the MRes programme in Social Anthropology.  The William Wyse Studentship provides funding for students who wish to pursue the PhD in Social Anthropology.

The Postgraduate Admissions Office publishes information about the University's central funding competitions for Graduate Students on their website, which includes information about eligibility, how to apply and application deadlines.

Sigrid Rausing MIASU Studentship - Applicants for a PhD in Social Anthropology who are planning to undertake research in the region of Inner Asia, including the Mongolia, Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Buryatia, Tuva, Altai, and Kalmykia, applying before the 17 January deadline, will be considered for the Sigrid Rausing studentship.  

Students are also advised to do their own research on other funding sources, including the Colleges. Competition for funding is high so we strongly advise that applicants apply for as many funding opportunities as possible, to maximise the chance of success.


Cambridge Funding Search Tool

There are hundreds of awards available for Postgraduate Students at the University, but it can be difficult to find which ones you are eligible for. To help with this search, the University has developed a Funding Search Tool, a funding search tool which allows you to enter some of your details and pull up a list of funding which might be suitable.


Funding for Social Anthropology Postgraduate Students

Division of Social Anthropology
As well as the University’s central funding competitions and the ESRC DTP Studentship, there are sources of funding available only for graduate students of the Department of Social Anthropology, most notably the William Wyse Bursary for students undertaking the MPhil or MRes and the Sigrid Rausing studentship for PhD applicants who are planning to undertake research in the region of Inner Asia.

Please see the Postgraduate Funding page for more information about postgraduate funding.



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