PhD and Masters funding available to alumni

PhD and Masters funding available to alumni

The University of Exeter is offering more than 100 funding awards for PhD students and has announced alumni Masters scholarships across many of its subjects.

PhD funding is available in science, arts, business, humanities and social science disciplines. The awards for the academic year 2011/12 vary according to the subject area and range from full studentships covering all fees and a maintenance grant for three years to partial funding. There is still time to apply for a number of these awards with application deadlines at the end of March. 

Professor Robert Van de Noort, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Research said: “We are delighted to be able to offer such a wide range of PhD funding to support the next generation of researchers. We are leaders in cutting-edge science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine research, as well as having a world-class reputation in the humanities and social sciences built up over many years. Our strong interdisciplinary research culture encourages researchers to collaborate on new and exciting initiatives at the interface of science, humanities, arts and social sciences.  We hope these funding awards will help us attract and nurture talented researchers who will go on to make a real impact in extending our knowledge and developing new ideas”.

The awards include a number of studentships allocated to Exeter as a result of its successful bid in conjunction with the Universities of Bristol and Bath to become a Doctoral Training Centre for the Economic and Social Research Council. 

Professor Van de Noort, said: “Our combined expertise will enhance the opportunities for students to develop their intellectual capacities and research skills. We are committed to providing an outstanding research environment for students and the accreditation of the South West Doctoral Training Centre recognises the excellent training that we are able to offer collectively.”

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, all 31 subjects at the University were assessed as including world-leading (4*) research and nearly 90 per cent of research was rated as being internationally recognised. Exeter has recently invested £120 million in its research infrastructure and offers superb research and teaching training for PhD students through the Effective Researcher Development Programme and Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Programme.

The University is also offering alumni scholarships worth £1,000 to Exeter graduates enrolling on Masters programmes with the University of Exeter Business School, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, and College of Humanities. Alumni who enrol on Masters programmes offered by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences may also be eligible for a 10% discount on their tuition fees.

Full details of the alumni scholarships and all other funding can be found at

Date: 3 March 2011

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