Postgraduate research courses in Social Anthropology
The offer of a University place to undertake study or research does not carry with it the guarantee of financial support. You will be required to support yourself or to apply to a grant-awarding body.
The Department of Social Anthropology will be granting a number of scholarships for doctoral students starting their PhD in 2021/2022. These will cover fees or subsistence or make a contribution towards both. Students wanting to be considered for these scholarships must have submitted a complete application for a place in the Department’s doctoral program by 15th April 2021. They should also write via email to Dr Paloma Gay y Blasco, Director of Postgraduate Research, stating their desire to be considered for this funding by the same date. Please note that this is a firm deadline and that scholarship applications after this date will not be considered.
Students wanting to apply through the Department of Social Anthropology should ensure that they register and upload their application to the SGSSS GradHub by 7th January 2021 (5pm). They will be notified whether they can progress to the next stage on the 1st February 2021. Shortlisted students will have the opportunity to revise their application research proposal until the "Stage 2" deadline, which is 11th February 2021 (5pm).
Please note that you must have submitted a complete PhD application to the University of St Andrews before you can be considered for competition entry.
We recommend that you read the eligibility guidelines and instructions for applicants to the ESRC scholarship competition.
Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships
Two fully-funded Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities are available for outstanding students looking to commence their doctoral degree in September 2021 at the University of St Andrews in a variety of disciplines including Social Anthropology. Each scholarship is worth £90,000 covering both fees and maintenance costs for three years (full-time registration) or six years (part-time registration).
Please note that the remit of these scholarships is rather narrow, and that only projects on themes related to history, literature, and languages are eligible.
The prestigious Carnegie PhD Scholarship scheme supports a limited number of graduates, with first class Honours undergraduate degrees from a Scottish university, who wish to pursue postgraduate research leading to a PhD at a university in Scotland. There is no restriction on the subject or field.
Candidates should be of outstanding quality. Overseas applicants are also eligible, and if successful the difference between home and overseas fees will be met by the University. Full details about the scholarship are available on the Carnegie PhD Scholarships webpage.
St Andrews scholarships
The University offers some scholarships to research students. Please check the webpage for additional details.
External funding opportunities
- The Postgraduate Studentships website has a comprehensive searchable database of funding opportunities.
- The Scholarship Times website provides a comprehensive searchable database of international funding opportunities.
- The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) offers both research student awards and Masters scholarships, chiefly for students from the UK and the EU. Students should apply both to BRISMES and to the University of St Andrews, clearly marking their desire to be recommended for this scholarship.
For more information please email Dr Paloma Gay y Blasco, Director of Postgraduate Research.