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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 2021/22 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.

This scheme is extremely competitive and the British Academy advises that success rates in recent years have rarely exceeded 10%. As a result, Exeter will support only the most competitive proposals.

The fellowship attracts a salary at Grade F (£35,845)

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.

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 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 £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 their successful Viva Voce examination.
  3. Applicants must be a British 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.
  4. Not have held a permanent academic post in an institution of higher education at any time in their career.

How to apply

For further information on pursuing a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship application please contact:

Archaeology

Alan Outram

Classics & Ancient History Neville Morley
Drama Heike Roms
English Elliot Kendall
History

Sarah Hamilton

Modern Languages Hugh Roberts
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 Monday 9 August 2021. Please submit your application to the named contact above, copying to HSSClusters@exeter.ac.uk

Applicants to be supported by Exeter will be confirmed no later than 6 September 2021.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Exeter’s College of Humanities is inviting expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers considering making an application for the 2022/23 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships scheme. The call opens in January 2022. The closing date for applications is 24 February 2022 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 it is hoped that Fellowships will lead to a more permanent academic position, either within the same institution or another institution. Approximately 145 Fellowships will be available in 2022. 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 or comparable UK institution. The Trust will consider applications from candidates whose permanent post does not include any research.
  • 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 24 February 2018 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break or their work has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

*For full eligibility requirements please see the Leverhulme Trust’s website

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 22 November 2021. Please submit your Expression of Interest to the named contact below, copying to HSSClusters@exeter.ac.uk.

Applicants to be supported by Exeter will be confirmed no later than 13 December 2021.

Further information

For further information on pursuing a Leverhulme ECF application please contact:

Archaeology

Alan Outram

Classics & Ancient History Martin Pitts
Drama Heike Roms
English (including Film) Philip Schwyzer
History

Sarah Hamilton

Modern Languages (including Art History & Visual Culture) Hugh Roberts
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
Sports Scholarship Scheme up to £3,000 plus additional support services worth £3,500 Tue 31st May 2022 Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport.
Recycling and reinvention in Reformation England: Medieval religious textiles in Tudor homes and families, c.1540 – c.1603 PhD Studentship - History UK rate tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £16,062 per year. The University of Exeter will fund the difference between the UK and EU/International fees Mon 6th Jun 2022 UK rate tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £16,062 per year. The University of Exeter will fund the difference between the UK and EU/International fees. Award holders will also receive a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership maintenance payment of £550 per year.
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship 2022/23 10% reduction in the first year tuition fee There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for University of Exeter alumni who start a postgraduate degree with us in 2022/23
University of Exeter Class of 2022 Progression Scholarship 10% reduction in the 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 degree in 2022 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate programme with us in 2022/23
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards - 2022/23 competition Full tuition fee waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend Deadline passed
(Tue 12th Oct 2021)
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).
SWW2 AHRC DTP Awards (Exeter) Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free maintenance stipend of £15,609 per annum or part-time equivalent. Deadline passed
(Mon 24th Jan 2022)
Up to 47 fully-funded PhD studentships for entry in September 2022 with the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. Awards are for three years eight months duration (or part-time equivalent) as standard. Once their studentship has begun students can apply to extend their studentship to up to 4 years, should they wish to undertake a placement opportunity with an external organisation or undertake significant training that is essential to their project.
2022/23 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (low and middle income countries) Visiting scholar tuition fee, approved fares, and personal maintenance Deadline passed
(Thu 17th Feb 2022)
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.
COLFUTURO Ayudar Joint Graduate Scholarship-Loan Programme - 2022 call Tuition fees and living stipend for a maximum of two years Deadline passed
(Mon 28th Feb 2022)
COLFUTURO offers scholarship-loans to provide financial support to Colombian citizens to access high-quality Masters or Doctoral programs abroad. Recipients of Colfuturo funding who have applied to study a Masters degree at the University will be considered for the University's Ayudar Scholarship which provides an annual stipend in line with the UK Research Council recommendations c.£15,609 in 2021/22).
Canadian Centennial Scholarships Fund £5,000 Deadline passed
(Fri 11th Mar 2022)
Awards for study for Canadian Students already pursuing full-time, multi-year postgraduate programmes in any field of study in the UK
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship 2021/22 10% reduction in the first year tuition fee There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for University of Exeter alumni who start a postgraduate degree with us in 2021/22
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Deadline passed
(Fri 20th May 2022)
The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.
Warm Welcome In-Year Scholarships (Afghanistan) Maintenance costs for the remainder of 2021/22 / current course of study Deadline passed
(Fri 20th May 2022)
Warm Welcome In-Year Scholarships are available for eligible scholars in the UK with links to Afghanistan currently enrolled on a UK higher education course