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Applying to graduate programs can be frustrating. Please see these informal notes for those preparing the application materials for graduate study in Anthropology.

Scholarship, Fellowship and Loan Opportunities

Brandeis University offers a generous array of tuition scholarships, fellowships and loan opportunities. Details can be found at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Web site.


Master's Programs

The application deadline for Fall 2015 admission is Jan. 15, 2015. To apply, visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Web site, and complete an electronic application.

The application requires a personal statement, transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores and a writing sample.

Although not required for admission, the department encourages prospective graduate students to visit the campus to talk with faculty members and current graduate students. Contact senior academic administrator Laurel Carpenter for information about visiting Brandeis.

For information about the Joint M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies, contact program administrator Shannon Hunt.

Inquiries regarding the graduate program may also be directed to the director of graduate studies, Professor Sarah Lamb, or to individual faculty members based on their research and teaching interests.

Those interested in the Joint M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies should contact Professor Sarah Lamb, who serves as the faculty liaison between the Anthropology department and Women's and Gender Studies program.

Doctoral Program

For matriculation in Fall 2015, the Department of Anthropology is accepting doctoral applicants only as direct admissions from our anthropology master's program, related Brandeis master's programs, or graduates of these programs. Applicants interested in the Brandeis doctoral program in Anthropology are invited to apply to the Master's program. If accepted as anthropology master's students, students are then eligible to apply to the Ph.D program for matriculation in Fall 2016 with no application fee.  Acceptance to the Brandeis doctoral program is very competitive and not guaranteed, but faculty members also provide mentoring for students' applications to other doctoral programs. Our department has had good success in placing our master's students in doctoral programs. In addition, the university has a limited number of special doctoral fellowships awarded by an interdepartmental committee to applicants who are exceptionally qualified. The anthropology department may nominate an exceptionally strong masters applicant who would like to pursue a doctoral degree to be considered for one of these University Fellowships.

Applications to the doctoral program that demonstrate well-defined anthropological interests and a good fit with departmental strengths are the most successful.