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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 2020/21 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. [Please note that the British Academy are yet to update their webpages with full details of the 2020/21 scheme. This link provides details of the 2019/20 scheme for your information. We will update the link as soon as the British Academy provide further details]

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.

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 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 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 the award of a doctorate.
  3. Applicants must be a UK 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.

*The eligibility criteria listed above are based on the 2019/20 guidance. Please check the British Academy’s guidance for 2020/21 for full details once it has been released.

How to apply

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

Archaeology

Alan Outram

Classics & Ancient History Daniel Ogden
Drama Cathy Turner
English Elliot Kendall
History

Sarah Hamilton

Modern Languages Danielle Hipkins
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 3 August 2020. Please submit your application to the named contact above, copying to hums-research@exeter.ac.uk

Applicants to be supported by Exeter will be confirmed no later than 4 September 2020.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Exeter’s College of Humanities is inviting expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers considering making an application for the 2021/22 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships scheme. The call opens in January 2021. The closing date for applications is 25 February 2021 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 2021. 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. 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 25 February 2017 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break.

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 4 January 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 15 January 2021.

Further information

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

Archaeology

Alan Outram

Classics & Ancient History Daniel Ogden
Drama Cathy Turner
English Elliot Kendall
History

James Mark

Modern Languages 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
Mathematical Research PhD Studentships - EPSRC DTP Funded 3.5 year studentship: UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £15,285 per year. Mon 25th Jan 2021 EPSRC Funded studentships available for September 2021 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,285 per annum for 2020-21.
Social and Behavioural Life and Environmental Science Research PhD Studentships - EPSRC DTP Funded 3.5 year studentship: UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £15,285 per year. Mon 25th Jan 2021 EPSRC Funded studentships available for September 2021 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,285 per annum for 2020-21.
South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership AHRC PhD Studentship UK tuition fees for eligible students and a maintenance grant of £15,285 (2020/21) Mon 25th Jan 2021 UK tuition fees for eligible students and a maintenance grant of £15,285 (2020/21)
PhD Fellowships in the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health UK/EU fees and a yearly stipend (Year 1: £19,919, Year 2: £21,543, Year 3: £23,298). There will also be a small annual allowance for research expenses. Sun 31st Jan 2021 We invite applications for 4 full-time 3-year PhD Fellowships, to be based in the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Heath, starting Sept 2021. These Fellowships are open to students from any country, and provide UK/EU fees (which may be topped up for students from low/middle income countries) and a yearly stipend (Year 1: £19,919, Year 2: £21,543, Year 3: £23,298). There will also be a small annual allowance for research expenses. The primary supervisor will be from the Centre, co-supervis
2021/22 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 1st Mar 2021 Exeter’s College of Humanities is offering one fully-funded PhD Global Excellence Studentship (open to International candidates only) for study commencing in September 2021, across any of its areas of research expertise.
Al-Qasimi PhD Studentship in Arab and Islamic Studies, Islamic Studies, Middle East Politics, Ethno-Political Studies, Kurdish Studies or Palestine Studies. International tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £15,285 (for 2020/21 entry) per year Mon 1st Mar 2021 We are looking for PhD proposals in humanities and social sciences with reference to the Middle East and the Islamicate world.
The David Higgins PhD Studentship in Islamic Archaeology. Pearl Fishing, Commerce, and Identities in Muharraq Town, Bahrain. UK tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £15,285 (for 2020/21 entry) per year Mon 1st Mar 2021 Starting in Sept.2021 for 3 years, & generously funded by Mr David Higgins, alumni of the University of Exeter, seeks to explore the dynamic activity which led to the flourishing of Muharraq Town, the main settlement on Muharraq Island, Kingdom of Bahrain. Your research, based on analysing the material from the excavations, will be completed both in the dedicated facilities of the Centre for Islamic Archaeology within the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, and in the project labora
University of Exeter Global Commitment Scholarship 2020/21 £2,000 reduction in the first year tuition fee There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for students starting a postgraduate taught Masters or research degree with us in 2020/21
Shame and Medicine, Art History & Visual Culture - PhD (Wellcome Trust Funded) UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance (£19,919 for year 1) Tue 4th May 2021 Fully funded PhD studentship in Art History and Visual Culture as part of the Wellcome Trust funded Shame and Medicine Project based at the University of Exeter in the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health.
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Fri 21st May 2021 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 Mon 31st May 2021 Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport.
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
University of Exeter Class of 2021 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 2021 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate programme with us in 2021/22
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards - 2021/22 competition Full tuition fee waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend Deadline passed
(Tue 13th Oct 2020)
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).
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship with the Global Commitment uplift 2020/21 20% reduction in the 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 in 2020/21
University of Exeter Class of 2020 Progression Award with the Global Commitment uplift 20% 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 full degree in 2020 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate programme with us in 2020/21
UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Environmental Intelligence: Data Science & AI for Sustainable Futures UK/EU tuition fees together with a yearly stipend at UKRI rates (£15,285 for 2020/21) Deadline passed
(Mon 18th Jan 2021)
UKRI Funded studentships available for Autumn 2021 entry. The studentship will provide funding of Home/EU tuition fees and a stipend of £15,285 per annum for 2020-21.