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
Cluster randomised trials methodology, Medical Statistics – PhD (Funded) £15,009 per year for 3 years Fri 31st May 2019 The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Allied Health and Research Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula at the University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in October 2019. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study (minimum 60% fte for up to 5 yea
Sports Scholarship and High Performance Programme up to £2000 plus additional support services & coaching Fri 31st May 2019 Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport. We also encourage applications from students who have achieved at national or regional level for consideration onto our High Performance Programme.
The implementation of integrated psychological medicine services in Devon: An ethnography of change. Institute of Health Research – PhD (Funded) £15,009 per year for 3 years Fri 31st May 2019 The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Allied Health and Research Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula at the University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in October 2019. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study (minimum 60% fte for up to 5 yea
John Oldacre Foundation PhD Studentships in the Sociology and Politics of Agriculture and Food Systems UK/EU tuition fees, an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £15,009 (for 2019/20 entry) per year, pro rata and a generous research allowance. Mon 3rd Jun 2019 We are looking for PhD proposals on the debates on livestock agriculture or productivity in UK agriculture or any social science issue related to the changing role of agriculture and the countryside.
The financial impact of cancer diagnosis to individuals’ and their families, PhD Medical Studies, Self-Funded This project is self-funded Mon 3rd Jun 2019 Self-funded PhD opportunity in Medical Studies.
Physical activity and primary school interventions – A Somerset Sport and Activity Partnership Scheme - Sport and Health Sciences - Children’s Health & Exercise Research Centre (CHERC) – MSc by Research (Funded) £1, 600 for a year Fri 21st Jun 2019 The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with the Somerset Activity Sports Partnership (SASP) is inviting applications for a MSc by Research studentship to commence in September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship award will cover UK/EU tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of £1,600 for 1 year full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in the Children’s Health and Exercise Researc
Development and application of novel methodology for spiropyran synthesis, Organic Chemistry – Masters by Research (Part-funded) £10,000 for 1 year full-time, or pro rata for part-time study Sun 30th Jun 2019 The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences is inviting applications for a part-funded Masters by Research studentship to commence in September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of £10,000 for 1 year 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 Streatham Campus in Exeter.
Anning Morgan Bursary £2,000 Thu 15th Aug 2019 Available to any person resident in Cornwall during their post-graduate studies and undertaking a programme at the Penryn or Truro Campus. Students must be in receipt of an offer for 2019 entry in order to be considered.
Cornwall Heritage Trust Scholarship £1000 Thu 15th Aug 2019 A one year award of up to £1000 for one or more postgraduate students producing dissertations/theses centred on an aspect of Cornwall's heritage who will be registered for the coming academic year.
Alumni scholarships for Doctoral-level study £750-£3,000 dependent on programme and fee status Sun 15th Sep 2019 A tuition fee discount is available to suitably qualified University of Exeter alumni starting a postgraduate research degree in the 2019/20 academic year.
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship £750 - £3000 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 September 2019.
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards Full tuition waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend Tue 1st Oct 2019 Our UK Partnership award with Fulbright is available for master's or doctoral students 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 (of £13,200 in 2019/20). We also accept scholars in receipt of Fulbright 'Open Awards' (also referred to as the All Disciplines Award).
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.
Marshall Scholarships for graduate study Varies Deadline passed
(Mon 1st Oct 2018)
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.
FashionForest Scholarship 10,000 DKK (approx. £1,175 GBP) Deadline passed
(Fri 1st Mar 2019)
The FashionForest scholarship is awarded yearly to one or more researchers, students and former students at Danish and foreign educational institutions who are in need of support for a theoretical or practical project in connection to an educational purpose.
Becas Chile (Conicyt) Fully funded Deadline passed
(Wed 8th May 2019)
Postgraduate scholarships offered for studies in the UK, available for Chilean nationals (and others with permanent residence in Chile) in all areas except Management/MBA/Commercial Law and where the recipient will be expected to return to Chile on completion of their studies.
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Deadline passed
(Fri 17th May 2019)
The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.