Galloway Trust Studentship

Applications are invited from highly qualified and motivated applicants to take up a new PhD scholarship opportunity in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.

Qualification type: PhD
Location: University of Aberdeen
Start date: October 2020
Funding for: UK/EU students
Funding amount: £14,500 stipend plus tuition fees
Deadline: Friday 28 February 2020

Applicants should have a Master’s degree in anthropology including research methods training. The Galloway Trust Studentship in Social Anthropology offers funding to cover fees plus a stipend of £14,500 over a period of three years. Applications are sought in any field of anthropology that fits within the research interests of the department. These fall under the following broad themes:

  • Anthropology of the North
  • Environment, Creativity and Perception
  • Religion, Politics and the State
  • Museums and Histories of Science
  • Anthropology of Art and Craft

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a relevant member of staff to discuss their PhD topic prior to submitting an application. Please consult our research pages for more details on our research themes and the interests of our staff.

You must submit a complete online application for a place to study for a PhD in Social Anthropology by 31 January 2020.

You must include a 1000 word research proposal with your application.

For further information please contact Dr Maggie Bolton.

Other funding

We are able to offer AHRC funding in partnership with other departments, and EU students may be awarded fees-only funding through this route. International students may bring scholarships from their countries of origin. Staff research projects may have PhD studentships attached to them which are advertised openly. Also, some students choose to study part-time as a way of spreading tuition fees.


For MRes and PhD in Anthropology applications, prospective students are advised to contact the Department of Anthropology in order to identify and consult with a potential supervisor. This can be done via Dr Maggie Bolton, our postgraduate research admissions officer. Prospective research students may also contact a member of staff directly - see our staff page for contact details.

Applicants for the MLitt or PhD in Museum Studies may contact Prof Alison Brown.

For international students, all postgraduate taught programmes beginning in September have a deadline of July 1. Any application received after this date will be considered for the next available intake, either the following January or September. This deadline is to ensure students have sufficient time to complete the application process and apply for their visa, and arrive in Aberdeen in time of the start of their programme. There is no programme deadline for those students classed as UK/EU for tuition fee purposes.

All applications to the university must be made through SRAS (Student Recruitment and Support) via the Postgraduate Applicant Portal, which you can find in the list of postgraduate degrees (online prospectus). Please ensure you include all documentation required on application e.g. research proposal where needed, two academic references, degree certificate, degree transcript and English language test results, which will enable your application to be processed without delay.