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 history of the Cornish Language a study of the Cornish language from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century - Cornish studies PhD Full Tuition Fees Mon 19th Aug 2019 The University of Exeter’s Institute of Cornish Studies is offering a PhD studentship on the nineteenth century history of the Cornish language (open to Home/EU students only) for candidates aiming to begin studying in September 2019.
2019 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for citizens of high income Commonwealth countries See CSC website for more information Wed 28th Aug 2019 Applications are now open for 2019 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for citizens of high income Commonwealth countries. Funded by the UK Department for Education (DfE), these scholarships support excellence in UK higher education and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth. Candidates will be selected based on their potential to lead in the pursuit of global excellence in research and knowledge, as well as academic merit and the quality of their plan of study.
The Dark Side of Translation: 20th and 21st Century Translation from Russian as a Political Phenomenon in the UK, Ireland, and the USA PhD Studentship (RusTrans), Department of Modern Languages. UK/EU and international tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at the Research Council rate ( £15,009 per year in 2019/20). Mon 2nd Sep 2019 The RusTrans project explores the role played by Russian-to-English literary translation in constructing national identity. It includes four case studies of translators of Russian literature and their networks, in Ireland, the UK, and the USA. The fully funded studentship, beginning in January 2020, will be hosted at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus. The studentship is for 3.5 years and is open to students of any nationality.
Alumni scholarships for Doctoral-level study £750-£3,000 dependent on programme and fee status Sun 15th Sep 2019 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.
Marshall Scholarships for graduate study Varies Mon 30th Sep 2019 Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.
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 Masters 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).
Said Foundation Scholarships Varies Fri 1st Nov 2019 The Said Foundation offers around twenty postgraduate scholarships to nationals from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria who are also permanent residents in these target countries.
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.
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
FashionForest Scholarship 10,000 DKK (approx. £1,175 GBP) Deadline passed
(Fri 1st Mar 2019)
The FashionForest scholarship is awarded yearly to one or more researchers, students and former students at Danish and foreign educational institutions who are in need of support for a theoretical or practical project in connection to an educational purpose.
Becas Chile (Conicyt) Fully funded Deadline passed
(Wed 8th May 2019)
Postgraduate 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
(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 Deadline passed
(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 Deadline passed
(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 Deadline passed
(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.