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Department of Social Anthropology

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The Department has a large and diverse family of anthropologists. In addition to the University and College Teaching Officers who work in the Department of Social Anthropology, and the anthropological staff at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, there are a number of Departmental Researchers as well as Emeritus and Affiliated Anthropologists attached either to the Department, to colleges, or to other research units in Cambridge. We also have a large and diverse cohort of Research Students and a team of professional service staff. 

Over recent years, the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge has been recognised in global rankings, as one of top institutions in the world for anthropology.   

The Department is home to a very wide range of research projects. We believe that the best research is done when individuals are free to follow their intellectual passions, so our research strategy is open and inclusive, and organised around the always developing individual interests of the University and College Teaching Officers who work here.

For current vacancies see our Job opportunities page


Applications for externally funded research

The Department is welcoming to post-doctoral researchers who wish to conduct research with us. Anyone considering applying to an externally funded research scheme and wishes their project to be hosted in the Department should contact both a prospective academic mentor/ PI in the Department and request a Department Research Preliminary Form from  preferably at least two months before the sponsor deadline. This will enable the application to go through relevant internal approval processes before submission to the funding body.

Information about Post-Doctoral Opportunities can be found here.