SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

ESRC Funding for PhD Research

SOAS is a member of the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL-DTP), alongside UCL, Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the University of East London. The Partnership provides ESRC funding for over 40 new PhD studentships each year. Anthropology studentships are available on a competitive basis to Home (fees & subsistence) and EU (fees only) students, either full-time or part-time. Projects should fall under the specific remit of the ESRC (see ESRC Research Funding Guide).

Applications are now invited for studentships for any of our Anthropology PhD pathways starting in September 2018.

How to apply

Prospective students must apply both for admission onto our PhD programme and for a UBEL-DTP studentship. These are separate processes.

Applications to the PhD programme should be made through SOAS’s Postgraduate Application System after reading carefully the description of the Anthropology PhD programme and the various pathways available.

Applying for a UBEL-DTP studentship is a two-stage process. Applicants must first submit a Preliminary Application Form by the deadline of 16:00hrs (4pm) on 9 January 2018. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to submit a full Application Form before the end of February 2018. Both forms should be submitted online via the UBEL-DTP website.

Advice on completing your UBEL-DTP application

Competition for UBEL-DTP studentships is fierce. Applications are assessed on the basis of academic track record as well as quality of the proposed research. Please consult the guidelines at the UBEL-DTP website carefully.

It is very important that applicants approach prospective academic supervisors in the Department of Anthropology as early as possible to discuss their applications. Although supervisors need not necessarily be identified on the preliminary application form, it is crucial that applicants liaise with their prospective supervisor(s) when completing their applications. Applicants should consult Anthropology staff profile pages to identify appropriate staff members to approach to supervise their projects. Applicants are also welcome to contact the Research Tutor, Professor Richard Fardon, for advice.

Studentships are available for all of the PhD pathways offered by the Department of Anthropology.

It is expected that candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications by the end of April 2018.

For further information please see the UBEL-DTP website and SOAS ESRC Studentships.

Other funding opportunities

Home, EU, and overseas applicants to the full-time Anthropology MPhil/PhD programme may also wish to apply for a SOAS Research Studentship, which has an earlier deadline.