Award details

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Postgraduate Research Ref: 2582

About the award

We are delighted to be offering up to 22 scholarships for current University of Exeter students progressing to PhD  programmes in 2017, from a taught masters, MbyRes or STEMM* undergraduate (see list below) programme.

  • For Home/EU students, this is a fully-funded scholarship and will cover fees, an annual stipend of £14,300 and a research allowance for up to three and a half years (42 months).
  • For international students, the scholarship will cover full international fees and a research allowance.

Successful applicants will be expected to start their doctoral studies in September 2017. This award is not open to students who have already started a doctoral programme.

The University of Exeter offers doctoral programmes in the full range of its disciplines. The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships are specifically to support students to undertake a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD) in the research programmes listed below. For other funding opportunities and details of all of our programmes please visit our Postgraduate Study website.

The University of Exeter Business School:
Accounting, Economics, Finance, Leadership Studies, Management

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science:
Mining and Minerals, Geology, Civil Engineering, General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Energy Engineering (Renewables), Natural Sciences, Computer Science

College of Humanities:
Modern languages, Art History & Visual Culture, Classics & Ancient History, English, Film studies, History, Theology & Religion

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences:
Biosciences, Geography, Psychology, Sport and Health Sciences

The University of Exeter Medical School:
Biomedical and Clinical Sciences and Health Research

College of Social Sciences and International Studies:
Politics, International Relations, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Law

Applications are welcomed for study at any campus at which a subject is offered – Streatham and St Luke’s in Exeter, Penryn and Truro in Cornwall.

The scholarship will be awarded to the strongest candidates based on an assessment of the applicant’s:

  • academic excellence
  • research potential
  • research proposal

Applicants will be expected to have identified, approached, and have agreement in principle with a potential supervisor. To help find an appropriate supervisor please use the Research Expertise search function on our Postgraduate Study pages

The recipient of the scholarship is expected to commit to training and engagement beyond their doctoral studies, for example through public engagement opportunities, accessing skills development opportunities, and career development. Continued funding will be dependent on satisfactory evidence of this activity.

Progression from the following STEMM undergraduate degrees to a relevant postgraduate research programme is also considered appropriate:

  • BSc/MSci Animal Behaviour (incl variants)
  • BSc/MSci Conservation Biology and Ecology (incl variants)
  • BSc/MSci Evolutionary Biology (incl variants)
  • BSc/MSci Marine Biology (incl variants)
  • BSc/MSci Zoology (incl variants)
  • BSc Biochemistry (incl variants)
  • BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (incl variants)
  • BSc Biological Sciences (incl variants)
  • BA/BSc Geography (incl variants)
  • BA/BSc Human Sciences (incl variants)
  • BSc/MSci Environmental Science (incl variants)
  • BSc/MSci Natural Sciences
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences (incl variants)
  • BSc Human Biosciences


  • BMBS Medicine
  • BSc Medical Imaging
  • BSc Medical Sciences
  • BSc/MSci Computer Science (incl variants)
  • BSc/MSci Computer Science with Mathematics (incl variants)
  • BEng/MEng Engineering – all variants
  • BSc/MGeol Applied Geology
  • BSc/MGeol Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
  • BSc/MGeol Geology
  • BSc/MMaths/MSci Mathematics – all variants
  • BSc Mathematics and Physics
  • BEng/MEng Mining Engineering
  • BSc/MPhys Physics – all variants
  • BEng/MEng Energy Engineering – all variants
  • BSc Renewable Energy







Application deadline:2nd May 2017
Number of awards:22
Value:Home/EU - Full tuition fees, stipend and research allowance. International - full fees plus research allowance
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Doctoral College: 01392

How to apply

Candidates must apply through the University’s funding database for the Vice Chancellors’ Scholarship for Postgraduate Research- CLICK HERE TO APPLY

In the application process you will be asked to upload the following documents.  Please note our preferred format is PDF, each file named with your surname and the name of the document, eg. “Smith – CV.pdf”, “Smith – Cover Letter.pdf”, “Smith – Transcript.pdf”.

  • CV
  • A Letter of Application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
  • Research Proposal with a supervisor agreed in principle- a guide to how to write a research proposal can be found here. Please clearly name the supervisor at the top of your research proposal document.
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying) - both Undergraduate and Masters if available. Please note these must be uploaded as one PDF, free software is available online to merge documents.
  • 2 References from referees familiar with your academic work. You should either upload references with your application or ensure you provide the details of your referees who should then email the reference in the form of a letter to the Postgraduate Administrator at by 2 May 2017. The responsibility for ensuring that references are received by the deadline rests with the candidates. Referees should email their reference to us from their institutional email account (references sent from personal/private email accounts will not be accepted unless in the form of a scanned document on institutional headed paper and signed by the referee).

The deadline for applications is the 2nd May 2017- 23:59 (GMT). Interviews will be held at the University of Exeter Streatham Campus the week commencing the 5th June.

If candidates are successful in securing a Vice Chancellors’ Scholarship they will also need to complete an online application for a place to study at the University of Exeter and receive, and meet the conditions of, an academic offer.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email: or phone +44(0)1392722737.

*STEMM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics