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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
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) Wed 3rd 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 8th 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 8th 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
Wellcome Trust and University funded PhD Studentship: Following Animal Feed: knowledge, governance and industrial food production UK tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Wellcome Trust rate of £ 19,919 per year, rising to £21,542 for year 2 and £23,298 for year 3, and a research allowance of £5,000 for the three years. Mon 22nd Mar 2021 A fully funded PHD studentship is available on the Wellcome Trust funded project, 'Feed the Birds' to 'Do Not Feed the Animals' (https://animalfeeding.org/). Do Not Feed The Animals (DNFTA) is a transdisciplinary research programme led by the University of Exeter, investigating how, when and why humans feed other animals – alongside the consequences of these habits for human-animal relations, shared health and wider environments.
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
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).
From ‘Feed The Birds’ to ‘Do Not Feed the Animals’ Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology PhD: Wellcome Trust/SSIS studentship. [UK/EU and international] tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Wellcome Trust rate of £19,919 per year Deadline passed
(Mon 30th Nov 2020)
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 of these habits for human-animal relations, health and the environment.
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
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)