I love my PhD

History PhD student Miguel Hernandez tells us about his research and why he loves his PhD.

Funding

Exeter is a centre for world-leading research across the Humanities. Our departments are consistently placed in the top flight for research nationally and internationally: under REF 2014 Theology was ranked 2nd, Archaeology 3rd and History 8th in the UK; English was ranked in the top-50 in the QS World University Rankings.

Exeter is a portal to a rich variety of resources for Humanities research. The University’s Special Collections hold unique archives of modern and contemporary literature including the papers of Henry Williamson and William Golding and the library of John Betjeman; they also hold the medieval manuscripts and early printed books of Syon Abbey.  Active partnerships with a network of national and regional heritage organisations, museums, archives and libraries including the Historic England, National Trust, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and South West Heritage Trust give our researchers access to further exceptional facilities and materials for study.

The College of Humanities offers a dynamic, creative and, above all, supportive environment for research. A wide variety of dedicated research centres present opportunities for cross-disciplinary exchange; Humanities researchers lead on several themed projects which connect with research groups in the Social Sciences and STEMM. From this environment our doctoral and post-doctoral researchers have an enviable track record of onward employment in the sector.

For details about available funding, please click on the tabs below.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Exeter’s College of Humanities invites expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers considering making an application for the 2017/18 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme.

About the fellowships

The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

The fellowship attracts a salary at Grade F (£33,943)

Humanities research at Exeter

Exeter is a centre for world-leading research across the Humanities. Our departments are consistently placed in the top flight for research nationally and internationally: under REF 2014 Theology was ranked 2nd, Archaeology 3rd and History 8th in the UK; English was ranked in the top-50 in the QS World University Rankings.

Exeter is a portal to a rich variety of resources for Humanities research. The University’s Special Collections hold unique archives of modern and contemporary literature including the papers of Henry Williamson and William Golding and the library of John Betjeman; they also hold the medieval manuscripts and early printed books of Syon Abbey and include the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. Active partnerships with a network of national and regional heritage organisations, museums, archives and libraries including the Historic England, National Trust, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and South West Heritage Trust give our researchers access to further exceptional facilities and materials for study.

The College of Humanities offers a dynamic, creative and, above all, supportive environment for research. A wide variety of dedicated research centres present opportunities for cross-disciplinary exchange within Humanities and with Social Sciences and STEMM; the new £4M Wellcome Centre for Cultures & Environments of Health is led from Humanities; in 2017 the College opens its multi-million pound Digital Humanities Labs, a sector-leading resource providing state-of-the-art infrastructure for digitally-enabled research in all Humanities disciplines. Into this environment we attract a significant cohort of externally-funded post-doctoral researchers on all major schemes (British Academy, Marie Curie, Leverhulme) who in recent years have established an enviable track-record of onward employment in the sector.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship.
  2. Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate.
  3. Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through already having been employed in a temporary capacity (longer than twelve months) at a UK university.

How to apply

For further information on pursuing a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship application please contact:

Archaeology

Oliver Creighton

Classics & Ancient History Neville Morley
Drama Kate Newey
English Gabriella Giannachi
History

Martin Thomas

Modern Languages Adam Watt
Theology & Religion Esther Reed

Expressions of interest, including a 100-word abstract, a concise outline of the proposed research programme/plan of action (maximum 800 words), a summary of the intended outputs and a CV should be sent no later than 2 July 2017.

Applicants to be supported by Exeter will be confirmed no later than 1 September 2017.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Exeter’s College of Humanities is inviting expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers considering making an application for the 2018/19 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships scheme. The call opens on 1st January 2018. The closing date for applications is 1st March 2018 and further information and guidance can be found on the Leverhulme Trust's website.

About the Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2018. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university.
  • Applicants must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the fellowship.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis before 1 March 2014 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest, including a 100-word abstract, a concise outline of the proposed research programme/plan of action (maximum 800 words), a summary of the intended outputs and a CV should be sent no later than 7 January 2018 Applicants to be supported by Exeter will be confirmed no later than 19 January 2018.

Further information

For further information on pursuing a Leverhulme ECF application please contact:

Archaeology

Oliver Creighton

Classics & Ancient History Neville Morley
Drama Kate Newey
English Gabriella Giannachi
History

Martin Thomas

Modern Languages Adam Watt
Theology & Religion Esther Reed

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
Thomas Hardy, Dorset and the Wider World - Humanities, PhD (SWW DTP Collaborative Awards) Full payment of tuition fees to the value of £4,195 per annum. A maintenance stipend of £14,553 per annum. Thu 14th Dec 2017 SWW DTP studentships are for three years as standard (or part-time equivalent). A full-time studentship award comprises: Full payment of tuition fees to the value of £4,195 per annum (or part-time equivalent) A maintenance stipend of £14,553 per annum (or part-time equivalent)
BECAR (Argentina) Fully funded Thu 11th Jan 2018 Postgraduate scholarships offered jointly by Bec.Ar/Universities UK, available for students of Argentinean nationality with a first degree of minimum 4 years. Priority areas are Science, Technology and Innovation. The recipient will be expected to return to Argentina on completion of their studies.
South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership AHRC PhD Studentships £14,553 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Thu 11th Jan 2018 £14,553 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible student
China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarship Full tuition fees and Living Allowance Mon 29th Jan 2018 The University of Exeter alongside the China Scholarship Council is pleased to offer fully funded studentship available for September 2018 entry.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 Studentships: Economic and Social History £14,553 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Tue 30th Jan 2018 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 2018-19. Withi the SWDTP, the College of Humanities is currently inviting applications for ESRC-facing research in Economic and Social History
Wellcome Trust Health and Wellbeing Studentships - PhD (Funded) Year 1: £19,919; Year 2: £21,542; Year 3: £23,298 Wed 31st Jan 2018 Year 1: £19,919; Year 2: £21,542; Year 3: £23,298 (2017/2018 rates)
COLFUTURO Scholarships Loan Programme £20,000 Wed 28th Feb 2018 COLFUTURO offers scholarship-loans to provide financial support to Colombian citizens to access high-quality postgraduate study Masters or Doctoral programs abroad.
Sports Scholarship and High Performance Programme up to £3000 plus additional support services & coaching Sat 31st Mar 2018 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.
Becas Chile (Conicyt) Fully funded Thu 10th May 2018 Scholarships offered for studies in the UK, available for Chilean nationals (and others with permanent residence in Chile) in all areas except Management/MBA/Commercial Law and where the recipient will be expected to return to Chile on completion of their studies.
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Tue 15th May 2018 The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.
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 2018.
Global Education Program Scholarship Fully funded Deadline passed
(Sun 5th Nov 2017)
The Global Education Program (GEP) scholarship is provided by the Russian Government and covers Masters and PhD studies in science, engineering, medicine, education and management in social sphere.