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PhD Studentships

Exeter is a centre for world-leading research across the Social Sciences. Our departments are consistently placed at the top of national and international rankings.

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 Graduate Research 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
  • 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.

More funding may be available, search our funding database.

AwardValueApplication deadlineDescription
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
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
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) 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.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Area and Development Studies, for 2021/22 entry Currently £15,285 per annum for 2020-21 Tue 19th Jan 2021 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2021 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,285 per annum for 2020-21.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Education, for 2021/22 entry £15,285 per annum for 2020-21 Tue 19th Jan 2021 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2021 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,285 per annum for 2020-21.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Political Science & International Studies, for 2021/22 entry. £15,285 per annum for 2020-21 Tue 19th Jan 2021 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2021 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,285 per annum for 2020-21.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Security, Conflict and Human Rights, 2021/22 entry £15,285 per annum for 2020-21 Tue 19th Jan 2021 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2021 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,285 per annum for 2020-21.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Socio-Legal Studies, for 2021/22 entry £15,285 per annum for 2020-21 Tue 19th Jan 2021 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2021 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,285 per annum for 2020-21.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Sociology, for 2021/22 entry £15,285 per annum for 2020-21 Tue 19th Jan 2021 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2021 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,285 per annum for 2020-21.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Sustainable Futures, for 2021/22 entry £15,285 per annum for 2020-21 Tue 19th Jan 2021 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2021 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,285 per annum for 2020-21.
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.
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.
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
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Advanced Quantative Methods(AQM), for 2021/22 entry £15,285 per annum for 2020-21 Deadline passed
(Tue 21st Jan 2020)
ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2021 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,285 per annum for 2020-21.
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).