Postgraduate Funding for 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.

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.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday, 31 May, 2019, with applicants to be notified by Friday, 26, June. Details of how to apply may be found below.

How to apply

In order to be considered for the bursary, you must have submitted an application for, and been offered a place to study on, either the MRes Anthropology or MRes Visual Anthropology programme.

You are also 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 an MPhil/PHD student, 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

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.

AHRC and ESRC funding for September 2019 entry

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 2019.

The department has had considerable success in recent years in attracting research student funding with four fully funded students commencing MPhil/PhD studies in 2018-19: two are funded through the ESRC’s South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) and two through the AHRC’s Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-east England (CHASE).

If you wish to be considered as a prospective candidate for either AHRC or ESRC funding through 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 Friday 11 January 2019.

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 or AHRC for 3 year PhD studentship.
  • MPhil/PHD Visual Anthropology – normally for those who have already completed or will be completing an MA/MRes in Visual Anthropology (or equivalent) and who wish to apply for an AHRC CHASE scholarship.

Key dates

Thursday, 29 November 2018: deadline for Early Applications: all applicants who have formally applied for MPhil/PHD Anthropology or Visual Anthropology by this date and wish to be considered for entry into either the ESRC or AHRC scholarship competition will receive feedback on their applications and be given opportunity to revise their application before the formal deadline below.

Friday 11 January 2019: Deadline for any prospective research student who wish to be considered for either a CHASE2 (AHRC) or SeNSS (ESRC 1+3 or +3) scholarship to formally apply (through Goldsmiths on-line application form) for a place to study for MRes or MPhil/PHD.

Early February 2019: Deadlines for nominated candidates to have completed the respective ‘Fluid Review’ online application forms for AHRC-CHASE (1 February 2019) and ESRC-SeNSS (13 February). Please note that only nominated candidates will be provided access to the CHASE / SeNSS Fluid Review forms.

Eligibility requirements

See the CHASE (AHRC) funding pages or the SeNSS ESRC funding pages for eligibility criteria.

Early applications

Although the formal deadline for application to Goldsmiths is Friday 11 January 2019, we would strongly recommend that you submit your application by Thursday 29 November 2018. 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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