Funding for PhD students

Many awards are offered through University departments and colleges, therefore we recommend you use the funding search in the first instance. The schemes listed here are available across various subject areas.

In addition to these schemes specifically designed for PhD students, there are also a number of general award schemes for which prospective PhD students may be eligible.

Our other sources of PhD funding page provides useful links to help identify potential funding.

University of Exeter PhD studentships and bursaries

We have made available hundreds of PhD studentships in the last few years. Studentships generally cover full fees and a Research Council equivalent maintenance grant for three or four years, with the majority of awards available for UK and EU students. PhD bursaries generally provide partial funding in return for work, eg teaching. The majority of awards are advertised during the Winter and Spring and are added to our funding search as and when they become available. Alternatively you can view PhD studentships currently available.

Doctoral Training Partnerships

Many of our PhD funding opportunities are available via our Research Council-funded Funded centres. These collaborations bring together other leading research intensive universities as well as professional partners and industry. PhD students not only benefit from Research Council funding, but also collective expertise and training developed in conjunction with the partners. You can find out more about each of these partnerships on our postgraduate research webpages.

Awards are offered either through open competition or a quota of awards to individual University departments. As with other funding opportunities, all PhD studentships available through these partnerships can be found through our funding search or you can view PhD studentships currently available.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Whether you are planning to go into academia or not, the possibility of undertaking teaching duties or working as a Research Assistant offers a valuable and challenging opportunity to develop further skills as well as helping you finance your studies.

A number of departments can offer employment as a Teaching Assistant or an Assistant to a staff research project. The availability of such posts will vary and you should contact the department to which you wish to apply in order to enquire about opportunities. Research students working as Teaching Assistants receive training through the HEA-accredited Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme run by the University’s Education Enhancement Unit.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Scheme

This national graduate training scheme in which the University is a partner not only provides an income during your research, but also covers the cost of all or some of your MPhil/PhD fees.

KTP enables you to undertake a one- to three-year research-based, in-company project which is central to the company’s strategic development. You are paid a salary, given structured training and provided with mentoring support. KTP projects often lead to an offer of a permanent post with the host company. They are available to students at both Exeter and Cornwall campuses.

Further information on the scheme can be found on the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships website, which includes a search facility to be able to view current partnerships at the University of Exeter. You may also wish to contact the University’s Innovation, Impact and Business office who manage the scheme.