Opportunities

I welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Specific funding opportunities are listed here as they become available.

Most of the past opportunities below have recurrent calls, typically once or twice a year — follow the links for details.

Ongoing

The Social Sciences Division maintains a list of funding opportunities for postdoctoral researchers, offered by departments and colleges across the University of Oxford:

http://www.socsci.ox.ac.uk/fellowships

The Economic and Social Research Council operates a New Investigator Grant scheme on an open call basis (i.e. proposals can be submitted at any time!):

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/new-investigator-grants/

Potential applicants in evolutionary/biological anthropology who meet the eligibility criteria for any of these schemes are welcome to contact me to discuss project ideas and mentoring arrangements.

Current

Oxford–Leon E and Iris Beghian Graduate Scholarship 2019

I am looking for 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:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-anthropology

https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/fees-funding-and-scholarship-search/standard-scholarship-selection-terms

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.

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:

2018-11-03_Calleva-DPhil-advert

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2019

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford plans to support up to two applications to the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships scheme this year. Potential applicants in evolutionary/biological anthropology who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to contact me as soon as possible to discuss mentoring arrangements.

The deadline for outline applications to the School of Anthropology is 2019-01-14. Information about the application procedure is available at:

http://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/research/postdoctoral-research/

Information about the scheme is available at:

http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ecf/ecf.cfm

Past

Oxford–Calleva Graduate Scholarships 2018

Applications are invited for two fully-funded Oxford–Calleva Graduate Scholarships, supported by the University of Oxford and the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College, Oxford. The successful applicants will be part of an interdisciplinary team working on a 4-year project funded by the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College, to begin 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 scholarships provide 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 two fully-funded doctoral scholarships will begin in October 2018. One scholarship (DPhil Anthropology) will be based at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, the other (DPhil Experimental Psychology) will be based in the Department of Experimental Psychology.

Applications are due on 2017-01-19 for the DPhil Anthropology and on 2018-01-08 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 2017-12-15, via email to Laura Fortunato. Further information about the awards, the project, and the application procedure is available at:

2017-12-02_Calleva-DPhil-advert

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2018

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford plans to support up to two applications to the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships scheme this year. Potential applicants in evolutionary/biological anthropology who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to contact me as soon as possible to discuss mentoring arrangements.

The deadline for outline applications to the School of Anthropology is 2018-01-08. Information about the application procedure is available at:

http://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/research/postdoctoral-research/

Information about the scheme is available at:

http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ecf/ecf.cfm

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017–2018

The 2017–2018 application round for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme will open in early Summer 2017. Potential applicants in evolutionary/biological anthropology who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to contact me to discuss project ideas and mentoring arrangements.

The deadline for outline applications to the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography is 2016-08-16. Generic information about the application procedure is available at:

http://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/research/postdoctoral-research/

Information about the scheme is available at:

http://www.britac.ac.uk/british-academy-postdoctoral-fellowships

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2016–2017

The 2016–2017 application round for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme will open in early Summer 2016. Potential applicants in evolutionary/biological anthropology who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to contact me to discuss project ideas and mentoring arrangements.

The deadline for outline applications to the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography is 2016-08-08. Generic information about the application procedure is available at:

http://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/research/postdoctoral-research/

Information about the scheme is available at:

http://www.britac.ac.uk/british-academy-postdoctoral-fellowships

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2016

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford plans to support up to two applications to the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships scheme this year. Potential applicants in evolutionary/biological anthropology who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to contact me as soon as possible to discuss mentoring arrangements.

The deadline for outline applications to the School of Anthropology is 2016-01-21. Generic information about the application procedure is available at:

http://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/research/postdoctoral-research/

Information about the scheme is available at:

http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ecf/ecf.cfm

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2015–2016

The 2015–2016 application round for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme closes on 2015-10-07. Potential applicants in evolutionary/biological anthropology who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to contact me to discuss project ideas and mentoring arrangements.

The deadline for outline applications to the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography is 2015-09-04. Generic information about the application procedure is available at:

http://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/research/postdoctoral-research/

Information about the scheme is available at:

http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/pdfells.cfm

Newton International Fellowships 2015

The 2015 application round for the Newton International Fellowships scheme closes on 2015-02-25. Potential applicants in evolutionary/biological anthropology who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to contact me to discuss project ideas and mentoring arrangements.

Generic information about the application procedure is available at:

http://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/research/postdoctoral-research/

Information about the scheme is available at:

http://www.newtonfellowships.org/

Oxford–Leon E and Iris Beghian Graduate Scholarship 2015

I am looking for a doctoral student to work on topics in evolutionary/biological anthropology, with a focus on the evolution of human social and cultural behaviour.

The specific focus of the project will be determined by the interests of 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 anthropology, biology or related subjects, an excellent academic record, and quantitative/computational skills.

The student will be based at the Institute of Cognitive ad Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford and Magdalen College, fully funded by a scholarship to begin in October 2015. Potential applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are strongly encouraged to contact me well ahead of the deadline with an outline of project ideas, including a brief CV (as a PDF file).

Applications are due on 2015-01-23. 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:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/graduate-scholarships/university-wide-scholarships/oxford-graduate-scholarships/oxford-leon-e-and-iris-beghian-graduate-scholarships

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2015

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford plans to support up to four applications to the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships scheme for the round opening on 2015-01-01. Potential applicants in evolutionary/biological anthropology who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to contact me to discuss mentoring arrangements.

The deadline for outline applications to the School of Anthropology is 2015-01-21. Generic information about the application procedure is available at:

http://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/research/postdoctoral-research/

Information about the scheme is available at:

http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ecf/ecf.cfm