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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 Archaeology, History & Heritage of Sherborne Abbey PhD Studentship. Department of Archaeology & History UK tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £17,668 per year (2022/23 rate) Mon 12th Dec 2022 UK tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £17,668 per year (2022/23 rate)
China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarships for 2023/24 Entry Full tuition fees and Living Allowance Wed 4th Jan 2023 The University of Exeter alongside the China Scholarship Council is pleased to offer up to 50 fully funded studentship available for September 2023 entry.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM), for 2023/24 entry £17,668 per annum for 2022-23 Fri 13th Jan 2023 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2023 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £17,668 per annum for 2022-23.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Economic and Social History, for 2023/24 entry £17,668 per annum for 2022-23 Fri 13th Jan 2023 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2023 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £17,668 per annum for 2022-23.
Eugenics and the Royal Society, 1860-1950 Tuition fees paid at the level of a UK home student plus full maintenance stipend. This applies to all students, whether home and international Mon 16th Jan 2023 Tuition fees paid at the level of a UK home student Full maintenance stipend. This applies to all students, whether home and international. The funding is 3 years 8 months (or part time equivalent), in line with the student-led awards.
SWW2 AHRC DTP Awards (Exeter) Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free maintenance stipend of £17,668 per annum or part-time equivalent. Mon 23rd Jan 2023 Up to 48 fully-funded PhD studentships for entry in September 2023 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.
Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PTA) Scholarships in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Full tuition fees (UK or International) and an annual total payment of £17,668 (2022/23 rate) split across direct remuneration for teaching and a stipend per year. Mon 20th Feb 2023 Full tuition fees (UK or International) and an annual total payment of £17,668 (2022/23 rate) split across direct remuneration for teaching and a stipend per year.
University of Exeter Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences International Student PhD Studentship International tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £17,668 per year (2022/23 rate) plus stipend top-up of c. £3,000 to help with visa fees and health surcharge costs. Mon 20th Feb 2023 International tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £17,668 per year (2022/23 rate) plus stipend top-up of c. £3,000 to help with visa fees and health surcharge costs.
University of Exeter Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences PhD Studentship Home (UK) tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £17,668 per year (2022/23 rate). Mon 20th Feb 2023 Home (UK) tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £17,668 per year (2022/23 rate).
COLFUTURO Ayudar Joint Graduate Scholarship-Loan Programme - 2023 call Tuition fees and living stipend for a maximum of two years Tue 28th Feb 2023 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 taught Masters degree at the University of Exeter will be considered for the Ayudar Scholarship which provides an annual stipend.
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Fri 19th May 2023 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 Wed 31st May 2023 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 Class of 2023 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 2023 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate programme with us in 2023/24
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
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards - 2023/24 competition Full tuition fee waiver for the first year of Masters / PhD study & living stipend Deadline passed
(Tue 11th Oct 2022)
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).
Warm Welcome Full Degree Scholarships - January 2023 entry (PhD) Tuition fees and stipend Deadline passed
(Sun 30th Oct 2022)
A Warm Welcome Full Degree Scholarship is available for an eligible scholar in the UK with links to Afghanistan planning to study full-time for a PhD beginning in January 2023.