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 2018/19 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 (£34, 520)

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 opened 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 Elliot Kendall
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 Friday 3 August 2018.

Applicants to be supported by Exeter will be confirmed no later than 1 September 2018.

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
Do past fires affect current Amazon forest dynamics? PhD Geography - Self-funded This project is self-funded Mon 24th Sep 2018 The project will evaluate whether historical fire left a lasting imprint on the composition, structure, and function of old-growth forests through analysis of a combination of vegetation, soil, and/or charcoal data from Amazon Basin-wide forest plots.
Forests, peat, and fires: understanding the drivers of past fire in Amazonian forests. Self funded PhD - Geography This project is self-funded Mon 24th Sep 2018 This self-funded Geography PhD is a 3-4 year project. The project will evaluate the timing and source of fire and pyrogenic carbon in old-growth forests through analysis of a combination of peat, vegetation, soil, and/or charcoal data from Amazonia
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards Varies Mon 1st Oct 2018 Fulbright US Student Postgraduate Student Awards can be applied to any master's or doctoral degree at any recognised UK university, as well as for independent research projects.
Marshall Scholarships for graduate study Varies Mon 1st Oct 2018 Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.
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.
Thomas Hardy, Dorset and the Wider World - Humanities, PhD (SWW DTP Collaborative Awards) Full payment of tuition fees to the value of £4,400 per annum. A maintenance stipend of £14,553 per annum. Deadline passed
(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 Deadline passed
(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.
China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarship Full tuition fees and Living Allowance Deadline passed
(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.
COLFUTURO Scholarships Loan Programme £20,000 Deadline passed
(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 Deadline passed
(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.
Managing archaeological loss in the face of coastal change, Geography – MPhil/PhD (Funded) £15,327 for 3 years Deadline passed
(Fri 13th Apr 2018)
The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with Historic England, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter).
Becas Chile (Conicyt) Fully funded Deadline passed
(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 Deadline passed
(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.
Tewkesbury Abbey: an interdisciplinary study of the church and its material culture from its medieval origins to the modern era. For eligible UK/EU students, this full time scholarship will cover fees and an annual stipend of at £14,777 for up to three years. Deadline passed
(Sun 24th Jun 2018)
The University of Exeter and the Friends of Tewkesbury Abbey are working in partnership to produce a new account of the historical development of the abbey church of Tewkesbury and its landscape. The focus of this partnership is a collaborative PhD project which will be supported by a 3-year studentship funded at UKRI rates (i. e. covering full UK/EU level tuition fees (currently £4,400) and a maintenance award of £14,777 per year).
Anning Morgan Bursary £2,000 Deadline passed
(Wed 15th Aug 2018)
Available to any person resident in Cornwall and studying at the Penryn Campus during their graduate year. Students must be in receipt of an offer for 2018 entry in order to be considered.
Bolashak Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver and living expenses Deadline passed
(Fri 31st Aug 2018)
Offered to Kazakh students by the Kazakhstan Ministry of Education across a range of subject areas for both postgraduate Taught and Research programmes. Award is conferred as monthly stipend in addition to the fee waiver.
University of Exeter Progression to Postgraduate Research Programmes £750 to £1,000 There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount is available to University of Exeter students progressing directly from an undergraduate degree to a limited number of MbyRes, MPhil and PhD programmes in September 2018. This award is available for selected programmes only, please see the main advertisement for details.