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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 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
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).
SWW2 AHRC DTP Awards (Exeter) Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free maintenance stipend of £17,668 per annum or part-time equivalent. Deadline passed
(Mon 16th 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.
University of Exeter Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership - PhD Studentships for September 2023 Entry 3.5 year studentship: UK tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £17,668 per year. Deadline passed
(Mon 27th Feb 2023)
Engineering and Physical Science Rsearch Council Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC DTP) Funded studentships available for September 2023 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £17,668 per annum for 2022-23.
COLFUTURO Ayudar Joint Graduate Scholarship-Loan Programme - 2023 call Tuition fees and living stipend for a maximum of two years Deadline passed
(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.
Canadian Centennial Scholarships Fund £5,000 Deadline passed
(Fri 10th Mar 2023)
Awards for study for Canadian Students already pursuing full-time, multi-year postgraduate programmes in any field of study in the UK
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Deadline passed
(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 Deadline passed
(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.