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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
Wellcome Trust and University funded PhD Studentship: Do Not Feed the Animals? Ordering animal feeding from local to global [UK/EU and international] tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Wellcome Trust rate of £19,919 per year Mon 2nd Aug 2021 A fully funded PHD studentship is available on the Wellcome Trust funded project, 'Feed the Birds' to 'Do Not Feed the Animals' ( From 'Feed the Birds' to 'Do Not Feed the Animals' (DNFTA) is a transdisciplinary research programme, investigating how, when and why humans feed other animals - and the consequences for all. This PhD will investigate how animal feeding practices are ordered in everyday life.
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).
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) Deadline passed
(Mon 25th Jan 2021)
UK tuition fees for eligible students and a maintenance grant of £15,285 (2020/21)
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Deadline passed
(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 Deadline passed
(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.