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Postgraduate Admissions

Funding Opportunities

ESRC studentships

The Department puts forward a number of students each year for ESRC studentships. For more information, please see the Cambridge ESRC website.

AHRC studentships

The Department puts forward a number of students each year for AHRC studentships. For more information, please see the Cambridge AHRC website.

General Funding Opportunities

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources. A high proportion of our PhD students are funded by the 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. 

For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

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 £8,844
Maintenance £14,830
Total Annual Commitment £23,674

All students must normally undertake 12–18 months' ethnographic fieldwork during which they may incur additional costs for travel, maintenance and equipment. Students are able to apply to the University's fieldwork fund for assistance in meeting these additional costs and will receive guidance about other funding sources for fieldwork. Visit the Funding Postgraduate Fieldwork page on the Department of Social Anthropology website for details.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Social Anthropology

Course – related enquiries

Application – related enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
April 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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