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Postgraduate Admissions

Funding Opportunities

There are many different sources of funding available to support UK and international PhD students in Biological Anthropology, but full scholarships are very competitive. Exceptionally strong candidates for the PhD programme in Biological Anthropology are entered for scholarship schemes according to eligibility, eg Gates US, Gates International, and scholarship schemes administered by the Cambridge Trust.

Some applicants, according to project, may be eligible to apply for NERC Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships. PhD students undertaking fieldwork may apply to the Department for fieldwork funding assistance which is finite.  Staff will also endeavour to support students in obtaining funding from University, College and external sources. For further information about funding opportunities, visit the Department of Archaeology Funding for Postgraduate Students page.

General Funding Opportunities


Fees and Maintenance

My fee status is:

I shall have the following financial dependants:

Your Estimated Annual Commitment:

Component Cost
University Composition Fee £9,111
Maintenance £15,250
Total Annual Commitment £24,361

Additional costs may be incurred in relation to fieldwork or laboratory work, depending on a student's research interests. Applicants should discuss any additional costs with their potential supervisor prior to application.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Archaeology

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
April 26, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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