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More than 100 PhD funding awards for 2011 entry

The University of Exeter is offering more than 100 funding awards for PhD students to show its commitment to developing the next generation of researchers.

Ranked 12th in the Times Good University Guide 2011, Exeter is a research intensive university with a strong reputation. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, all 31 subjects were assessed as including world-leading (4*) research and nearly 90 per cent of research was rated as being internationally recognised.

PhD funding is available in science, arts, business, humanities and social science subjects. The awards for the academic year 2011/12 vary according to the subject area and range from full studentships covering all fees and a maintenance grant for three years to partial funding. Awards may be open to both UK/EU and international students*.

The University offers:

  • a world-class research environment with £120 million being invested in research infrastructure
  • high rates of PhD completion with 92% of students completing within 5 years
  • research which has an impact on the world and is engaged with the business sector, industry and communities
  • strong interdisciplinary research culture with opportunities to work at the interface of science, humanities, arts and social sciences
  • superb research and teaching training for PhD students through the Researcher Development Programme and Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Programme

Professor Robert Van de Noort, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Research said: “We are delighted to be able to offer such a wide range of PhD funding to support the next generation of researchers. We are leaders in cutting-edge science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine research, as well as having a world-class reputation in the humanities and social sciences built up over many years. Our strong interdisciplinary research culture encourages researchers to collaborate on new and exciting initiatives at the interface of science, humanities, arts and social sciences. We hope these funding awards will help us attract and nurture talented researchers who will go on to make a real impact in extending our knowledge and developing new ideas”.

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Date: 17 January 2011

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