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
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.