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University of Exeter funding: PhD: Humanities Global Excellence

2021/22 PhD Global Excellence Studentship - College of Humanities Ref: 4079

About the award

How many? One fully-funded studentship

What do they cover? Full tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant for three years

There are also a number of partial fee waivers at 25% recurrent for 3-years. 

Exeter is a centre for world-leading research across the Humanities. Our departments are consistently placed at the top of national and international rankings.

Our PhD studentships are available to support any excellent project connecting with, or across, our disciplines: Archaeology, Art History and Visual Culture, Classics and Ancient History, Drama, English, Film Studies, History, Modern Languages and Theology and Religion .

Exeter's researchers lead in a wide range of fields and debates in the Humanities. Current areas of enquiry include (but are not limited to):

• World and Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures
• European Languages, Literatures and Cultures
• Interdisciplinary Medieval and Early Modern Studies
• Victorian Studies
• Imperial and Global History
• Medical History and Culture
• Human-Animal-Environment Bioarchaeology
• Experimental Archaeology
• Environmental Arts and Humanities
• Digital Humanities
• War, State and Society Studies
• Connectivity in the Roman World
• Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society
• Interdisciplinary Film
• Theatre and Performance Histories, Cultures and Practices
• Socially-Engaged, Participatory and Community Theatre and Performance
• Biblical Studies, Early Judaism and Early Christian History 
• Religion in Public Life, Ethics, Practical, Systematic and Constructive Theology
• Translation Studies and Translating Cultures
• Creative Writing
• Intermedia and Creative Technology
• Global China and South Asia Studies )
• Latin American Studies and Archaeology of the Americas
• Cornish Studies
• Maritime Historical Studies
• Visual Culture

Exeter is a portal to a rich variety of research resources offering unique archives in medieval and modern history, modern and contemporary literature and film. Dynamic partnerships with arts, culture and heritage organisations – British Museum, Historic England, London Film School, National Trust, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Tate Britain among many others – give our researchers access to a remarkable range of research collections and facilities.
Exeter offers PhD students exceptional support:

• A teamed approach to supervision combining research expertise from across our disciplines and
  access to a pastoral tutor
• A dedicated Doctoral College, a single point-of-contact for all programme and practical needs
• Access to a newly built Humanities Digital Lab
• Research and career development opportunities within the College and across the University
• Dedicated study space for Humanities postgraduates
• A well-established postgraduate research culture including annual conferences and journals
• Funding opportunities for individual research needs

Awards will be granted to the strongest applicants based on an assessment of the applicant’s

• Academic excellence
• Research potential
• Research proposal

Duration and value of award
The studentships will be for a period of up to 3 years (36 months), dependent on satisfactory progress, and will cover full tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,285 (2020/21 rate).

For further information on research opportunities in Humanities please contact Dr Stacey Hynd, College Director of Postgraduate Research:

Entry requirements

Successful applicants normally have a good first degree (at least 2.1, or international equivalent) in a relevant field of humanities, and have obtained, or are currently working towards a Master's degree at Merit level, or international equivalent, in a relevant field of humanities. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency.  Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests.

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

• Applicants would be expected to start their studies in September 2021.
• Recipients are expected to commit to engagement beyond their doctoral studies through contributing to the research environment of their discipline and the College by participating in research activities,
  accessing skills development training and opportunities and career development etc. Continued
  funding would be dependent on satisfactory evidence of this engagement having taken place.

This award is only open to applicants whose fee status is classed as International. Therefore this award is not open to Home students. Click here for further information about fee status.

Please note that these studentships are only open to applicants who will start their study in September 2021, not those who have already started.

How to apply

To apply, please click the 'Apply Now' button.  You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, letter of application, research proposal with supervisor agreed in principle, two academic references, and if relevant, proof of your English language proficiency, by 1 March 2021.

You will also be asked to upload verified transcripts of your most recent academic qualification.
All application documents must be submitted in English. Certified translated copies of academic qualifications must also be provided.

Please quote reference 4079 on your application and in any correspondence about this studentship.

Reference information
It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees email their references to, as we will not make requests for references directly; you must arrange for them to be submitted by 1 March 2021. Please note that applications with missing documentation will not progress to shortlisting.

References should be in the form of a letter. Referees must email their references to us from their institutional email accounts. We cannot accept references from personal/private email accounts, unless it is a scanned document on institutional headed paper and signed by the referee.


Application deadline:1st March 2021
Number of awards:1
Value:International tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £15,009 per year (2019/20 rate)
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Humanities PGR Admissions