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
South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership AHRC PhD Studentship £14,777 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Fri 18th Jan 2019 £14,777 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 Studentships: Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM), for 2019 entry £14,777 per annum for 2018-19 Tue 29th Jan 2019 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2019 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £14,777 per annum for 2018-19.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 Studentships: Economic and Social History, for 2019 entry £14,777 per annum for 2018-19 Tue 29th Jan 2019 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2019 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £14,777 per annum for 2018-19.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 Studentships: Security, Conflict, and Human Rights, for 2019 entry £14,777 per annum for 2018-19 Tue 29th Jan 2019 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2019 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £14,777 per annum for 2018-19.
College of Humanities PhD Studentships UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £14,777 per year (2018/19 rate) Mon 11th Feb 2019 Exeter’s College of Humanities is offering up to 2 fully funded PhD studentships (open to UK/EU candidates only) for study commencing in September 2019, across any of its areas of research expertise.
PhD Global Excellence Studentships - College of Humanities International tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £14,777 per year (2018/19 rate) Mon 11th Feb 2019 Exeter’s College of Humanities is offering up to two fully-funded PhD Global Excellence Studentships (open to International candidates only) for study commencing in September 2019, across any of its areas of research expertise.
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Fri 17th May 2019 The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.
Sports Scholarship and High Performance Programme up to £2000 plus additional support services & coaching Fri 31st May 2019 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.
Anning Morgan Bursary £2,000 Thu 15th Aug 2019 Available to any person resident in Cornwall during their post-graduate studies and undertaking a programme at the Penryn or Truro Campus. Students must be in receipt of an offer for 2019 entry in order to be considered.
Cornwall Heritage Trust Scholarship £1000 Thu 15th Aug 2019 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.
Alumni scholarships for Doctoral-level study £750-£3,000 dependent on programme and fee status There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount is available to suitably qualified University of Exeter alumni starting a postgraduate research degree in the 2019/20 academic year.
Alumni scholarships for Doctoral-level study £750-£3,000 dependent on programme and fee status There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount is available to suitably qualified University of Exeter alumni starting a postgraduate research degree in the 2019/20 academic year.
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship £750 - £3000 There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for all University of Exeter alumni who start a postgraduate degree with us in September 2019.
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards Full tuition waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend Tue 1st Oct 2019 Our UK Partnership award with Fulbright is available for master's or doctoral students wishing to study at the University. The award takes the form of a tuition fee waiver for the first year of graduate study (either Masters or PhD) and a living stipend (of £13,200 in 2019/20). We also accept scholars in receipt of Fulbright 'Open Awards' (also referred to as the All Disciplines Award).
US Department of Education - Federal Student Loan Variable Tue 30th Jun 2020 The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs, including these loans, to help pay for your education.
Marshall Scholarships for graduate study Varies Deadline passed
(Mon 1st Oct 2018)
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.
Forests, peat, and fires: understanding the drivers of past fire in Amazonian forests. Self funded PhD - Geography This project is self-funded Deadline passed
(Mon 7th Jan 2019)
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