I hold a Master’s degree in Anthropology, and I am thinking about pursuing a PhD. Alternatively, I am wondering whether it would be possible to obtain funding without a PhD for projects I’m working on already and with no ties to any institution. I have some published work, and I am preparing additional papers. Also, I am considering a diploma or degree in international development or journalism, which are things that will prepare me further to do independent research but donot take 5 years or more. Is independent research sustainable, and what form (s) would it take? Thanks!