College of Humanities PhD Studentships

Exeter is a centre for world-leading research across the Humanities. Our departments are consistently placed at the top of national and international rankings.

Our PhD studentships are available to support any excellent project connecting with, or across, our disciplines. Exeter’s researchers lead in a wide range of fields and debates in the Humanities.

Exeter is a portal to a rich variety of research resources offering unique archives in medieval and modern history, modern and contemporary literature and film. Dynamic partnerships with arts, culture and heritage organisations – British Museum, Historic England, London Film School, National Trust, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Tate Britain among many others – give our researchers access to a remarkable range of research collections and facilities.

Exeter offers PhD students exceptional support:

  • A teamed approach to supervision combining research expertise from across our disciplines and access to a personal research mentor
  • A dedicated Humanities Graduate School, a single point-of-contact for all programme and practical needs
  • A framework of research and career development opportunities across the University and through our network of partners
  • An exclusive study suite for Humanities postgraduates
  • A well-established postgraduate research culture including annual conferences and journal publications
  • Funding opportunities for individual research needs

Applicants may apply to any awards for which you are eligible and which fit your personal research interests. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us.

AwardValueApplication deadlineDescription
The Cornwall Heritage Trust PhD Studentship – the History of the Cornish Language a study of the Cornish language from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Sun 28th May 2017 The University of Exeter’s Institute of Cornish Studies is offering a PhD studentship on the nineteenth century history of the Cornish language (open to Home/EU students only) for candidates aiming to begin studying in September 2017.
ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnerships (SWDTP) +3 and 1+3 Industrial Strategy Studentships £14,533 for the 2017/18 academic year plus UK/EU tuition fees Thu 1st Jun 2017 The University of Exeter is pleased to be offering ESRC Industrial Strategy Studentships funded 1+3 or +3 studentships as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership for entry in 2017-18. Within the SWDTP, the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, the Business School, and the College of Humanities are currently inviting applications for ESRC-facing research which directly address one of the 8 challenge areas identified in the Indus
Cornwall Heritage Trust Scholarship £1000 Fri 30th Jun 2017 A one year award of up to £1000 for one or more postgraduate students producing dissertations/theses centred on an aspect of Cornwall's heritage who will be registered for the coming academic year.
University of Exeter Progression Scholarship £1000 There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A £1000 tuition fee discount for all University of Exeter students who progress directly from an undergraduate degree to a postgraduate degree in September 2017.
AHRC-funded Collaborative PhD Studentship with the University of Exeter and BT Archives: The Cultures of Radio Research in India, circa. 1890-1947 £14,296 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Sun 20th Nov 2016)
AHRC-funded Collaborative PhD Studentship with the University of Exeter and BT Archives: The Cultures of Radio Research in India, circa. 1890-1947
NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship: Do past fires affect current Amazon forest dynamics £14,296 per annum for 2016-17 Deadline passed
(Fri 6th Jan 2017)
NERC GW4+ funded studentship available for September 2017 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £14,296 per annum for 2016-17.
South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership AHRC PhD Studentships £14,296 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Thu 12th Jan 2017)
South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership AHRC PhD Studentships
Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Up to 4 years – Home/EU fees Deadline passed
(Sun 15th Jan 2017)
The University is offering the Diamond Jubilee Scholarships to support a high quality Home/EU student to undertake a PhD or doctoral study at Exeter. The award pays the full Home/EU fees for up to 4 years.
Exeter International Excellence Scholarship for Postgraduate Research Full international fees plus research allowance and £14,296 annual stipend Deadline passed
(Sun 15th Jan 2017)
The University is offering 20 Exeter International Excellence Scholarships for Postgraduate Research to top students from around the world. The award pays international fees, a research allowance and stipend (currently £14,296 pa) for up to 3.5 years.
College of Humanities PhD Studentships £14,553 plus full tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Sun 29th Jan 2017)
College of Humanities PhD Studentships (Home/EU)
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 Studentships: Economic and Social History £14,296 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Thu 2nd Feb 2017)
The University of Exeter is pleased to be offering ESRC funded 1+3 or +3 studentships as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership for entry in 2017-18. Withi the SWDTP, the College of Humanities is currently inviting applications for ESRC-facing research in Economic and Social History
Exeter/Cranfield Doctoral Studentships (Archaeology) £14,553 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Fri 31st Mar 2017)
The Universities of Exeter and Cranfield have established a research partnership between Archaeology at Exeter Archaeology and the Cranfield Forensic Institute, which includes funding for studentships on a split-site PhD programme in Archaeology. The studentship will cover full fees and maintenance for up to 3 years of full time study. Two studentships are offered which will involve supervision and access to facilities in both Exeter and Cranfield. One PhD will be primarily based at and awarded by Exeter (
Sports Scholarship and High Performance Programme up to £3000 plus additional support services & coaching Deadline passed
(Fri 31st Mar 2017)
Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport. We also encourage applications from students who have achieved at national or regional level for consideration onto our High Performance Programme.
AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with the University of Exeter and BT Archives: Beaming the British empire: the Imperial Wireless Chain, circa 1900-1940 £14,553 per year plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Mon 3rd Apr 2017)
AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with the University of Exeter and BT Archives: Beaming the British empire: the Imperial Wireless Chain, circa 1900-1940
College of Humanities International PhD Studentships £14,553 plus full tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Mon 17th Apr 2017)
College of Humanities International PhD Studentships
College of Humanities PhD Studentship in Translation Studies £14,553 plus full tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Mon 17th Apr 2017)
College of Humanities PhD Studentship in Translation Studies
The Niklaus-Cartwright PhD studentships in French £14,553 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Mon 17th Apr 2017)
Through the generosity of Professor Michael Cartwright (French, Exeter 1960), and the Professor Robert Niklaus fund, established to support and strengthen eighteenth-century French studies at Exeter, the Department of Modern Languages is delighted to be offering excellent funding opportunities for exceptional researchers in the area of French Studies.
University of Exeter - London Film School PhD Studentships in Film by Practice Up to approx. £14,553 plus full tuition fees Deadline passed
(Mon 17th Apr 2017)
University of Exeter - London Film School PhD Studentships in Film by Practice
ERC-funded Doctoral Award at the University of Exeter within the project Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries) £14,553 plus full tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Mon 1st May 2017)
ERC-funded Doctoral Award at the University of Exeter within the project Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)
ERC-funded Dual Doctoral Award – University of Exeter and Vrije Universiteit Brussels – within the project Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries) £14,553 plus full tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Mon 1st May 2017)
ERC-funded Dual Doctoral Award – University of Exeter and Vrije Universiteit Brussels – within the project Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)
ERC-funded Dual Doctoral Award with the University of Exeter and the Università di Genova within the project Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries) £14,553 plus full tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Mon 1st May 2017)
ERC-funded Dual Doctoral Award with the University of Exeter and the Università di Genova within the project Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)
ERC-funded Dual Doctoral Award with the University of Exeter and the Università di Pisa within the project Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries) £14,553 plus full tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Mon 1st May 2017)
ERC-funded Dual Doctoral Award with the University of Exeter and the Università di Pisa within the project Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)
Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Postgraduate Research Home/EU - Full tuition fees, stipend and research allowance. International - full fees plus research allowance Deadline passed
(Tue 2nd May 2017)
22 fully funded scholarships are available to current University of Exeter students progressing to postgraduate research programmes in 2017.
International Summer School High Achieving Student Award 500 There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. An opportunity for international students with a GPA equivalent of 3.5 and above to receive scholarship funding towards a course of their choice during the International Summer School
The Hugh Young Studentship £14,553 plus International tuition fees for eligible students Deadline passed
(Sun 14th May 2017)
“The different ways that memory and the past are negotiated in Indonesian modernity, focussing on the memory of recent trauma in art and literature”