PhD studentships available now for 2018 entry

The University of Exeter is at the forefront of universities worldwide and we are looking for talented researchers to join us on our journey of success.

From now and into early next year, we are making available up to 100 funded PhD awards across all our subject areas.

Funding Opportunities 


Doctoral Training Centres and Partnerships 

Many studentships will be made available through our Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres, but in addition, funded PhD places will also be made available through our academic colleges.

We are particularly committed to encouraging new ideas and nurturing talent at the University of Exeter, and boast a high number of postgraduate and early career researchers. This makes the University of Exeter one of the very best places to pursue a PhD.

Our Doctoral College brings together institution-wide support and training for all of our postgraduate researchers. The Doctoral College works across all six Academic Colleges to ensure that you have an outstanding start to your research careers.

Global Excellence Scholarships

More than £1.5 million worth of scholarships dedicated to international students of outstanding academic quality applying to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes starting in autumn 2018. Find out more. 

Progression Scholarships

We are pleased to offer University of Exeter graduates progressing directly from undergraduate to postgraduate study in 2018 a £1,000 scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees. Find out more.

Why Exeter?

World-leading research

98 per cent of our research is of international quality and world-leading research and impact in all subjects (REF 2014)

Exeter received £29 million in research awards from the Research Councils in 2015-16, more than doubling the £13m in funding it received the previous year

At the forefront of global collaboration, actively supporting our staff and students to build working relationships with counterparts overseas

An exceptional PhD experience

Exceptional support through our Doctoral Training partnerships, academic colleges and university-wide Doctoral College

A dynamic and engaging atmosphere: 30% of academic staff are early career researchers

Fantastic campuses within easy reach of the coast, moorland and countryside of Devon and Cornwall