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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
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.
Evaluating the bona fides of Shaken Baby Syndrome, Law School, PhD (Self-Funded) The project is self-funded and therefore applicants will need to find external funding sources to cover their tuition fees and living expenses. Mon 24th May 2021 The project is self-funded and therefore applicants will need to find external funding sources to cover their tuition fees and living expenses.
Evaluation of US wrongful convictions resulting in Execution (1977-present), Law School, PhD (Self-Funded) The project is self-funded and therefore applicants will need to find external funding sources to cover their tuition fees and living expenses. Mon 24th May 2021 The project is self-funded and therefore applicants will need to find external funding sources to cover their tuition fees and living expenses.
Playing with crises to prepare for change. Politics, PhD Studentship (Funded) Full tuition fees, stipend of £15,609 p.a, travel funds of up to £15,000, and RTSG of £10,715 are available over the 3.5 year studentship Mon 24th May 2021 The QUEX Institute studentships are available for January 2022 entry. This prestigious programme provides full tuition fees, stipend of £15,609 p.a, travel funds of up to £15,000, and RTSG of £10,715 over the life of the studentship. The studentship funding is provided for up to 42 months (3.5 years)
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.
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)