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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
Sports Scholarship Scheme up to £3,000 plus additional support services worth £3,500 Tue 31st May 2022 Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport.
Warm Welcome Full Degree Scholarships 2022/23 (Afghanistan) Tuition fees and stipend Fri 10th Jun 2022 Warm Welcome Full Degree Scholarships are available for eligible scholars in the UK with links to Afghanistan planning to study full-time for an undergraduate, taught masters or PhD level course beginning in September/October 2022.
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship 2022/23 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 2022/23
University of Exeter Class of 2022 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 2022 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate programme with us in 2022/23
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards - 2022/23 competition Full tuition fee waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend Deadline passed
(Tue 12th Oct 2021)
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 £15,609 per annum or part-time equivalent. Deadline passed
(Mon 24th Jan 2022)
Up to 47 fully-funded PhD studentships for entry in September 2022 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.
2022/23 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (low and middle income countries) Visiting scholar tuition fee, approved fares, and personal maintenance Deadline passed
(Thu 17th Feb 2022)
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.
COLFUTURO Ayudar Joint Graduate Scholarship-Loan Programme - 2022 call Tuition fees and living stipend for a maximum of two years Deadline passed
(Mon 28th Feb 2022)
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 Masters degree at the University will be considered for the University's Ayudar Scholarship which provides an annual stipend in line with the UK Research Council recommendations c.£15,609 in 2021/22).
Canadian Centennial Scholarships Fund £5,000 Deadline passed
(Fri 11th Mar 2022)
Awards for study for Canadian Students already pursuing full-time, multi-year postgraduate programmes in any field of study in the UK
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
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Deadline passed
(Fri 20th May 2022)
The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.
Warm Welcome In-Year Scholarships (Afghanistan) Maintenance costs for the remainder of 2021/22 / current course of study Deadline passed
(Fri 20th May 2022)
Warm Welcome In-Year Scholarships are available for eligible scholars in the UK with links to Afghanistan currently enrolled on a UK higher education course