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 neural circuit basis of spatial memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease. PhD in Medical Studies (MRC GW4 BioMed DTP) Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£15,009 p.a. for 2019/20, updated each year) plus UK/EU tuition fees Mon 25th Nov 2019 The loss of memories of places is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). These “spatial memories” are generated by networks of space coding neurons, called place cells, in a key brain structure for memory called the hippocampus. This project will use cutting-edge in vivo brain imaging to discover how place cells become disrupted in AD, and attempt to treat this using drugs that target AD pathology.
China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarships Full tuition fees and Living Allowance Mon 6th Jan 2020 The University of Exeter alongside the China Scholarship Council is pleased to offer fully funded studentship available for September 2020 entry.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Advanced Quantative Methods(AQM), for 2020/21 entry £15,009 per annum for 2019-20 Tue 21st Jan 2020 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Economic and Social History, for 2020/21 entry £15,009 per annum for 2019-20 Tue 21st Jan 2020 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Health and Wellbeing, for 2020/21 entry £15,009 per annum for 2019-20 Tue 21st Jan 2020 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Security, Conflict and Human Rights, 2020/21 entry £15,009 per annum for 2019-20 Tue 21st Jan 2020 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
2020/21 PhD Global Excellence Studentship - College of Humanities International tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £15,009 per year (2019/20 rate) Mon 2nd Mar 2020 Exeter’s College of Humanities is offering one fully-funded PhD Global Excellence Studentship (open to International candidates only) for study commencing in September 2020, across any of its areas of research expertise.
College of Humanities PhD Studentship UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £15,009 per year (2019/20 rate) Mon 2nd Mar 2020 Exeter’s College of Humanities is offering 1 fully funded PhD studentships (open to UK/EU candidates only) for study commencing in September 2020, across any of its areas of research expertise.
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Mon 18th May 2020 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 Scheme up to £3,000 plus additional support services worth £3,500 Sun 31st May 2020 Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport.
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.
Class of 2020 Progression Award 10% reduction in first year tuition fee There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for current University of Exeter students completing a full degree in 2020 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate course in September 2020.
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship 10% reduction in first year tuition fee 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 from September 2020.
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards Full tuition waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend Deadline passed
(Tue 8th Oct 2019)
Our UK Partnership award with Fulbright is available for Masters or Doctoral students who are USA or dual USA:UK citizens 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. We also accept scholars in receipt of Fulbright 'Open Awards' (also referred to as the All Disciplines Award).
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2020 (for least developed countries and fragile states) Tuition fees, approved fares and stipend Deadline passed
(Wed 30th Oct 2019)
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from the least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, put forward by various nominating bodies, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.
Said Foundation Scholarships Varies Deadline passed
(Fri 1st Nov 2019)
The Said Foundation offers around thirty postgraduate scholarships to nationals from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria who are also permanent residents in these target countries.
2020/21 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (low and middle income countries) Visiting scholar tuition fee, approved fares, and personal maintenance Deadline passed
(Wed 6th Nov 2019)
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.