Diamond Jubilee Doctoral Scholarship Match Fund

Diamond Jubilee Scholarships
Neil Harvey
Pioneering work

Will you help us bring the brightest researchers to Exeter?

Together our alumni, supporters, students and staff over the past six decades have made Exeter the world-leading University it is today and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this success.

I know the huge challenge we face ahead of us to maintain this level of success. In a competitive, international economy we must continue to find innovative ways to invest in our teaching and in our research, so I am delighted to launch a £3 million match funding scheme to bring more of the brightest and the best research students to Exeter.

To advance our pioneering work, we are asking you to invest in partnership with us through our unique Diamond Jubilee Doctoral Scholarship Match Fund.

Your donation will support a talented aspiring researcher to take their study to the next level through a research PhD at Exeter. You will be helping aspiring PhD students expand the boundaries of knowledge while strengthening Exeter’s international research reputation. Read the leaflet online or click through the tabs above to find out more information about the scheme.

Your support really can make a difference. Contact us today on exceptional@exeter.ac.uk or +44 (0)1392 723141 and help us to increase our research impact at Exeter and make the exceptional happen. 

Professor Sir Steve Smith
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Supporting research

World-leading research teams are underpinned by PhD students who drive innovation, foster collaboration and deliver impact in some of the biggest global challenges we face. From climate change to conflict, to diseases like dementia and diabetes, Exeter’s research is already recognised both nationally and internationally for its quality and its impact. Our challenge now is to build scale – to increase the size of our academic research community and maximise the global impact of our research. The Diamond Jubilee Doctoral Scholarship Match Fund will help us to achieve this and will leverage significant further research funding.

Supporting students

Many talented prospective research students are barred from study if they cannot afford fees or access sufficient loans. Many of our peer institutions have vast endowments and offer generous scholarships. We are building our own endowment fund for the long term, but we also need your support to invest now.

We want to attract the best PhD research students and enable those without financial means to study at Exeter. Your support through the Diamond Jubilee Doctoral Scholarship Match Fund can make this happen.

Will you help us to bring the brightest and the best researchers to Exeter to advance our pioneering work?

How the match fund works

PhD studentships range from £18,000 to £136,000 and we will support your donation 2:1 with an investment from Exeter. So if you chose to support a home or EU fee only studentship (value £18,000), you would contribute £12,000 over four years and the University would match this with £6,000. The cost to you – if eligible for Gift Aid – would be £2,400 per year. The table below explains this further:

Type of Studentship

Total value of award

University contribution

Cost to donor

Cost to donor per year
without Gift
Aid (four years)

Net Cost to donor per year with Gift Aid
(four years)*

UK/EU Full £81,000 £27,000 £54,000 £13,500 £10,800
UK/EU Fees Only £18,000 £6,000 £12,000 £3,000 £2,400
International Full £136,000 £45,333 £90,667 £22,667 £18,133
*If eligible for Gift Aid 

You can support UK / EU and international students in a variety of ways and we are happy to work with you to develop bespoke packages. Full Studentships will cover fees, living costs plus a contribution towards research costs including fieldwork and attendance at conferences.

You can pool your gift with a fellow supporter to create a single studentship and you can choose where your support is directed within any of our four research themes: health; environment and sustainability; understanding ‘Living Systems’ to tackle disease; and enriching society and culture.

Together we can make a difference – contact us today.