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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
Using marine historical ecology approaches to understand past ecosystem responses across major cultural transitions – PhD (Funded) Home or International tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,285 for 4 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. Mon 1st Nov 2021 The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover Home or International tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,285 for 4 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in Biosciences in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the Penryn Campus in Cornwa
Developing quantum algorithms for solving differential equations - Theoretical Physics, PhD (Funded) Tuition fees plus £15,999 stipend Fri 12th Nov 2021 This award provides annual funding to cover tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of at least £15,999 per year. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence in January 2022.
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 (£15,609 for 2021/22) Mon 3rd Jan 2022 UKRI Funded studentships available for Autumn 2022 entry. The studentship will provide funding of Home tuition fees and a stipend of £15,609 per annum for 2021-22.
Assessing bio-cultural impacts on British biodiversity, AD 0 – 1000, NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship for 2022 Entry, PhD in Archaeology £15,609 per annum for 2021-2022 Mon 10th Jan 2022 NERC GW4+ funded studentship available for September 2022 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,609 per annum for 2021-22.
Machine Learning with Fewer Labels for Automatic Plankton Classification, NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship for 2022 Entry, PhD in Computer Science £15,609 per annum for 2021-2022 Mon 10th Jan 2022 NERC GW4+ funded studentship available for September 2022 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,609 per annum for 2021-22.
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 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.
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).