In addition to the awards detailed above (“Award Competitions by Nomination” and “ESRC Migration Pathway”) the following awards are advertised here when available:
The Wellcome Doctoral Awards Scheme
This competition is open to "any humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health". I.e. The competition is open to applicants from any area of humanities or social sciences specifically in the area of health (e.g. new DPhil applicants in relevant areas and current MSc and MPhil students who have applied to continue to DPhil research in relevant areas). The website above includes information on eligibility and the application process, and on support for the application.
Applications are assessed by the Wellcome Trust by either the Medical Humanities Early Career Expert Review Group or the Social Science and Bioethics Early Career Awards Expert Review Group depending on the area of the proposed research.
Applications are to be made directly to Wellcome by the applicant themselves, via their intended host institution (i.e. the University of Oxford), accompanied by letters of support from prospective supervisor and HoD/departmental Sponsor, who has to formally approve the application.
The Wellcome Trust deadline is 26th March 2019, 17:00 GMT. However, the University of Oxford is required to process the application and has a separate internal deadline in mid-March [the date will be quoted here when it is made public].
In order for the department to act as a 'Sponsor' of the application, the applicant must already be in receipt of a formal offer of a DPhil place from the department at the time that the application is submitted.
The sponsor should be in a position to guarantee space and facilities for the full period of the Doctoral research. Sponsors are usually the head of department or head of school/faculty. The sponsor must:
- be based at an eligible sponsoring organisation that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award
- hold an established post.
The Sponsor's section of the form is not long but must be completed before the deadline. The supervisor, on the other hand, needs to complete a quite extensive section of the application form, and both parties must be given plenty of time to do so before the internal deadline. There is a sample version of the application form here.
The application form will be available on Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker in mid-January 2019.
Wellcome Trust application deadline: 26 March 2019, 17:00 GMT
Note that an earlier internal (i.e. University of Oxford) deadline in mid-March will apply for processing of the application and completion of the necessary statements of institutional support.
Decision: May 2019
Oxford–Calleva Graduate Scholarship 2019
Applications are invited for one fully-funded Oxford–Calleva Graduate Scholarship, supported by the University of Oxford and the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College, Oxford. The successful applicant will be part of an interdisciplinary team working on a 4-year project funded by the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College, which began in October 2018.
The project will bring together two research groups based at the University of Oxford, working on a range of topics relating to human social behaviour, including cultural evolution, the evolution of cooperation, and the social psychology of inter-group contact. The project’s Principal Investigator, Laura Fortunato, is Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, a Fellow of Magdalen College, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. The Co-Principal Investigator, Miles Hewstone, is Professor of Social Psychology, a Fellow of New College, and Director of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Inter-Group Conflict.
The project aims to investigate the network structure and dynamics of intra- and inter-group interactions in humans, with a focus on cooperation and competition. The scholarship provides scope to pursue research in a variety of topics linked to cooperation, inter-group relations, cultural transmission (in both adults and children), and social networks (both real-world and online), including opportunities to conduct fieldwork in Italy.
The doctoral student will be enrolled on the DPhil Anthropology, based at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, or on the DPhil Experimental Psychology, based at the Department of Experimental Psychology.
Applications are due on 2019-01-25 for the DPhil Anthropology and on 2019-01-11 for the DPhil Experimental Psychology. Potential applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to submit an informal expression of interest well ahead of the official closing dates, and ideally before 2018-11-30. Further information about the awards, the project, and the application procedure is available at:
Oxford–Leon E and Iris Beghian Graduate Scholarship 2019
Dr Laura Fortunato seeks a doctoral student to work on topics in evolutionary/biological anthropology, with a focus on the biology of sex and reproduction in humans and its interaction with culture (e.g. female–male differences in behaviour, and/or the evolution of kinship and marriage systems).
The specific focus of the project will be determined in collaboration with the student. Several directions at the interface of biology and anthropology are possible, ranging from comparative studies of social behaviour across species to field-based data collection and analysis. Co-supervision will be arranged where feasible, depending on the focus of the project.
The ideal candidate will have training in (i) anthropology, biology, psychology, or related subjects, (ii) an excellent academic record, (iii) strong quantitative/computational skills, with a keen interest in open research practice and reproducibility, and (iv) excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
The doctoral student will be enrolled on the DPhil Anthropology, based at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, funded by an Oxford–Leon E and Iris Beghian Graduate Scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford.
The scholarship will begin in October 2019. It will cover tuition fees (UK/EU rate) and an annual tax-free stipend (2018/2019 rate: £14,777), for up to 3 years full-time.
The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit. Applicants who belong to groups that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications are due on 2019-01-25. The scholarship is open to applicants of any nationality, but who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least five years before the start of the course. Further details on eligibility and on the application procedure are available at:
Potential applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to submit an informal expression of interest well ahead of the official closing date, and ideally before 2018-11-30, via email, with “Beghian scholarship” in the email subject line. Send a single PDF document, including:
- a letter of application outlining your interest in the research topics, any previous research experience, and your suitability for the scholarship against the criteria given above, and confirming your eligibility for the DPhil Anthropology;
- a brief curriculum vitae;
- a sample of your written work.
Kyung Hee Scholarship in Medical Anthropology
The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, located within the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, offers one scholarship for a student to study for the two-year MPhil degree in Medical Anthropology at the University, to commence in October 2019. On successful completion of the MPhil degree, the applicant may be granted further funding to continue to the DPhil programme. The maximum duration of the scholarship shall be five years, i.e. two years of funding for the MPhil and three years of funding for the DPhil.
Applicants should apply for a university place through the standard admissions procedures, the forms for which can be downloaded here. They are encouraged to apply by the admissions deadline at 12 noon, Friday 16 November 2018. The scholarship is open to candidates wishing to undertake research on any theme of medical anthropology that is taught at the Institute but it is restricted to graduates of the Cheong Kung Center for History and Culture of Korean Medicine at the Korean Medicine College of Kyung Hee University, South Korea. In their personal statement applicants should indicate clearly that they are applying for this studentship by heading the statement ‘Kyung Hee Studentship in Medical Anthropology’. Decisions regarding the award of the scholarship will be made by a specially convened committee of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
Any questions concerning this scholarship may be addressed to Professor Elisabeth Hsu, elisabeth.hsu[@]anthro.ox.ac.uk
Philip Bagby Studentship
Funds from this bequest support one studentship, normally for two years (with a possible third year), for ‘the comparative study of the development of urban literate culture’. For PRS/DPhil or potentially second-year MPhil study. Full details are advertised when an award is available.
Alan Coltart Scholarship
Offered by Exeter College for up to three years of funding for students conducting research in anthropology at Oxford. Full details are advertised when an award is available.
Graduate Studentship in Anthropology in association with the Rausing Scholarship, Linacre College
Offered with matching funding from the School. Full details are advertised when an award is available.
Alun Hughes Graduate Scholarship in association with Jesus College
Up to four years for doctoral (not MPhil) research into the languages and/or cultures of Polynesia or Micronesia, including the relationship and interaction of such cultures and languages with those of Melanesia Full details are advertised when an award is available.