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Department of Social Anthropology

Wedding Yajna, West Bengal (credit: John Fahy)

Postgraduate Funding

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources. The main source of internal funding comes from 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 or the MPhil in Social Anthropological Research.  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 Postgraduate Students on their website, which includes information about eligibility, how to apply and application deadlines.

Sigrid Rausing MIASU Studentship - This Studentship is offered once every 3 years.  The next time it will be offered is for applicants to academic year 2024-25.  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 region may apply for this Studentship when it is available and should do so before the 17 January deadline.  

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 the Student Funding Search, 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 Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship (ESRC DTP), there are sources of funding available only for postgraduate students of the Department of Social Anthropology, most notably the William Wyse Bursary for students undertaking the MPhil and the Sigrid Rausing studentship, available once every 3 years 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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