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
The Exeter Northcott Theatre: Regional Theatre Identity and Community Engagement in the UK (Department of English), PhD (Self-Funded) This is a self funded PhD Project Tue 14th Apr 2020 This is a self-funded PhD Studentship. Using the extensive archival records of the Exeter Northcott Theatre (ENT), the PhD candidate will investigate the development of regional theatre identity and cultural value in the UK in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Established on Exeter’s Streatham Campus in 1967 during a period of expansion of regional theatre activity, ENT has a rich history of mediating between the university and the local community, as well as talent development and adaptation
Colciencias (Colombia) Fully funded Fri 1st May 2020 The University and Colciencias have agreed an MOU to promote long-term collaboration between the two organisations with the purpose of encouraging Colombian students to pursue Doctorate level studies.
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Mon 18th May 2020 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 Sun 31st May 2020 Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport.
US Department of Education - Federal Student Loan Variable Tue 30th Jun 2020 The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs, including these loans, to help pay for your education.
Class of 2020 Progression Award 10% reduction in 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 course in September 2020.
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship 10% reduction in 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 from September 2020.
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards Full tuition waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend Deadline passed
(Tue 8th Oct 2019)
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).
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2020 (for least developed countries and fragile states) Tuition fees, approved fares and stipend Deadline passed
(Wed 30th Oct 2019)
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from the least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, put forward by various nominating bodies, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.
Said Foundation Scholarships Varies Deadline passed
(Fri 1st Nov 2019)
The Said Foundation offers around thirty postgraduate scholarships to nationals from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria who are also permanent residents in these target countries.
2020/21 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (low and middle income countries) Visiting scholar tuition fee, approved fares, and personal maintenance Deadline passed
(Wed 6th Nov 2019)
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.
China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarships Full tuition fees and Living Allowance Deadline passed
(Mon 6th Jan 2020)
The University of Exeter alongside the China Scholarship Council is pleased to offer fully funded studentship available for September 2020 entry.
Canadian Centennial Scholarships for current Canadian Postgraduates studying in the UK £5,000.00 Deadline passed
(Sun 8th Mar 2020)
Awards for study for Canadian Students who have already commenced their multi-year studies in the UK