Department of Anthropology


MRes and MPhil/PhD funding and scholarships

The Department of Anthropology offers a number of postgraduate funding opportunities. Details of these funding options are available below:

Fee waiver for MRes Anthropology/ MRes Visual Anthropology

There is one £5,000 fee waiver available for new students enrolled on the MRes in Anthropology or MRes Visual Anthropology programmes starting in September 2018.

The fee waiver is aimed at students who will use the MRes in preparation for an MPhil/PhD in Anthropology. It is available for full or part-time students. If you're a part-time student then the £5,000 fee waiver will be divided equally across the two years of the programme.

Please note, international students may not be able to study part-time. Students can speak to the Immigration Advisory service if they have questions about part-time study.

How to apply

You will be asked to submit a short 500-word statement indicating your reason for applying to Goldsmiths, what sources of funding you intend to apply for to support your further study as MPhil/PHD students and why you think your proposal might likely appeal to the selected funding bodies.

Your proposal should include your name, the name of your degree and applicant/student number. It must be submitted alongside an academic or professional CV by e-mail to by 12pm, Friday 25 May 2018.

Candidates will be assessed and selected on academic merit (judged by their previous academic achievements and academic references), the quality of their research proposal and fit with Goldsmiths anthropology, and the soundness of their plans to secure research funding.

Please note that in order to be considered for the bursary, you must have submitted an application for a place of study on either the MRes Anthropology or MRes Visual Anthropology programme.

AHRC and ESRC funding for entry 2018

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that it is now seeking applicants who wish to be nominated for either an AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) or ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) scholarship to undertake a research degree in Anthropology commencing in September 2018.

The department has had considerable success in recent years in attracting research student funding with 3 AHRC MPhil/PhD scholarships and an ESRC 1+3 scholarship awarded in 2016-17.

If you wish to be considered as a prospective candidate for either AHRC or ESRC funding through one of the respective AHRC or ESRC doctoral training programmes (DTPs), CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England) or SENSS (South East Network for Social Sciences), the final deadline to submit your application for a place to study for MRes/MPhil/PhD Anthropology / Visual Anthropology is Wednesday, 10 January 2018.

Please note that you will not be invited to complete the online AHRC / ESRC application form unless and until you have submitted your initial application through the formal Goldsmiths admissions process and have been nominated by the department to go forward in the scholarship competition.

You may choose to apply for one of the following depending on your previous background, your proposed research and the research council you seek funding from:

  • MRes in Anthropology – for those wishing to apply for an ESRC 1+3
  • MPhil/PHD Anthropology – for those who have already completed or will be completing an ESRC equivalent research training masters and seeking funding through the ESRC for a 1+3 award.
  • MPhil/PHD Visual Anthropology – normally for those who have already completed or will be completing an MA/MRes in Visual Anthropology and who wish to apply for a CHASE scholarship.

Key dates

Thursday, 23 November 2017: deadline for Early Applications

Wednesday, 10 January 2018: final deadline to have formally applied for a place to study for the MRes/MPhil/PhD in Anthropology or Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths (only applicable for those wishing to be considered for research council studentships)

End of January 2018 (TBC): Likely deadline for nominated candidates to have completed the online application forms for AHRC-CHASE and ESRC-SeNSS (only nominated candidates will be provided access to the CHASE / SeNSS forms)

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a full award you must have: Settled status in the UK, meaning there is no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK, AND been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to 30 September 2018, when the Studentship starts.

'Ordinarily resident' means that you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from any temporary or occasional absences, AND not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. However, this criterion does not apply to UK or EU nationals.

Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, you must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

If you are uncertain about your residential eligibility, please read pages 11-12 of the RCUK Terms and Conditions for Training Grants.

Early applications

Although the formal deadline for application to Goldsmiths is Wednesday 10 January 2018, we would strongly recommend that you submit your application by Thursday 23 November 2017. This will enable us to provide advice and guidance at an early stage in the process as you will need to work closely with your supervisors and the PGR Convenor to prepare a competitive application.

We will review your application and, if appropriate, invite you to attend for an interview. Please note that you will not be invited to complete the AHRC or ESRC online application form unless and until you have submitted your initial application through the formal Goldsmiths admissions process.

If you are interested in making an application, please read our guidance on applying and writing your research proposal.

Anthropological funds

In addition to the more widely known research funding schemes, there are a number of scholarship schemes that are particular to Anthropology or may be particularly suitable for specific anthropology based research proposals. See  for further information.

Emslie Horniman Anthropological Scholarship Fund

British, Irish and Commonwealth nationals are eligible to apply for support for overseas fieldwork. Details are available from the Royal Anthropological Institute and the closing date is 31 March each year.

Find out more about the Emslie Horniman Anthropological Scholarship Fund.

Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Fund

Small grants (around £750) are available for students completing their theses, awarded twice a year. Details are advertised in Anthropology Today. Closing dates are end of April and end of November each year.

Find out more about the Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Fund.

Additional funding support possibilities outside of Goldsmiths

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