Postgraduate funding

Securing funding for your postgraduate study is vital to realising your ambitions. As a member of the Russell Group, we attract funding to support postgraduate study and research from all major research councils through a number of high profile Doctoral Training Partnerships, and via a multitude of philanthropic sources, as well as investing heavily ourselves.

Opportunities include fully-funded PhD studentships across all disciplines, and generous scholarships for our taught postgraduate programmes. These awards are normally advertised during the Winter and Spring months.

We currently have more than 200 PhD studentships available.

Search for funding

Our fully searchable funding database contains every single PhD studentship and Masters scholarship. It is searchable by subject area and level of study in order to help you find the best funding opportunity for you.

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Masters funding

Our Masters funding page gives details of the various scholarships and bursaries available for our taught programmes.

PhD funding

Our PhD funding page gives details of the fully-funded PhD studentships currently available.

Many awards are competitive and merit-based so if you are considering applying for a funding scheme, we recommend investigating options early.

Alternative funding sources

Many students are using innovative, alternative measures to secure funding for their postgraduate degrees. These can include crowdfunding services such as www.studentfunder.com, www.indiegogo.com, or www.hubbub.net. It may be worth researching the options available via these services to see if they would suit your needs.

Our students have also had success securing funding from a range of local philanthropic sources, from parish churches to city councils; many local bodies offer scholarships, grants, or bursaries of some kind, and it's worth researching all opportunities.

Postgrad.com's Funding Guide provides advice and guidance for funding postgraduate study.

The Department for Education provides information on funding for postgraduate teacher training programmes, such as a PGCE.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online

You can use this online guide to find alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality.

The guide contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. The guide is free for all current University of Exeter students and staff.

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