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Global Partnerships


Global Partnerships can offer both strategic and open funding calls in support of developing and strengthening our global relationships. Information regarding active funding calls can be found below.

  • Unless otherwise stated in the guidelines, these funding calls are all largely defined as:
  • Open to eligible members of the University of Exeter (acting as the lead PI).
    • Will constitute a competitive bid process, during which applications will be,
    • Peer-reviewed and assessed by theme / discipline / faculty relevant academics,
    • Secondary review by members of the Global Partnerships Team and
    • Final funding decisions will be ratified by an appropriate senior member of staff (academic or professional services, as appropriate).

All Global Partnerships funding schemes seek to support high-impact proposals and initiatives that endeavour to both directly and indirectly support both Faculty and University level Global Strategy plans. Examples of this might include initiatives and proposals that seek to bring together teams from Exeter and our partners from across the globe in support of high-impact collaborative research and education.

To ensure good alignment to Faculty and University level global plans, potential applicants to any of the below schemes are highly encouraged to discuss their applications with their Faculty APVC Global and / or Global Partnerships Business Partner.

Please also note that Global Partnerships funding is largely calculated on a financial year-to-year basis. Occasionally, the lifetime of the initiatives that our funding calls support will cross over financial year-end. On such occasions project PIs will be asked to declare (in advance of receiving funds) how their award should be split across the financial year-end.

Funding opportunities

There are numerous external opportunities available for our Exeter academics and students. Please see below links for further information on scholarships, fellowships and exchanges:

The QUEX Institute call for PhD project proposals is now open. Project proposals related to any of the four underpinning themes of the QUEX Institute (Mineral Sustainability and Security, Global Environmental Futures, Healthy Living and Digital Worlds and Disruptive Technologies) are welcomed. 

The studentships provide recipients with the opportunity to study at both the University of Exeter and the University of Queensland, and receive a joint degree from both institutions. 

Successful applicants will receive a living stipend for 3.5 years, a research and training allowance of up to £10,715, a travel allowance of up to £15,000, and will receive 3.5 years' worth of tuition fees covered.

Proposals should be submitted jointly by academic staff at the University of Exeter and the University of Queensland. The nominated lead advisor should submit their joint proposal via the online PhD Projects Portal by the deadline of Monday, 6th May (midnight)

Please see Guidelines for full details of the Studentships and application process.

QUEX PhD Projects Call Guidelines 2024

The QUEX Institute is a partnership between the University of Queensland and the University of Exeter. Its mission is to deliver research that addresses major global challenges, unified by the central issue of ‘Global Sustainability and Wellbeing’. Four themes (Healthy Living, Global Environmental Futures, Digital Worlds and Disruptive Technologies and Mineral Security and Sustainability) underpin its work.

The Strategic Grant (internal funding of up to £200,000, with additional match-funding expected), is designed to provide high-level support for one area of collaborative world-leading research, linked to one or more of the Institute’s four themes. Project teams must be comprised of colleagues from the University of Exeter, and the University of Queensland.

To find out more about the grant, as well as details of how to apply, please see the guidelines and application form below. You can also contact The deadline for applications is 22nd April 2024.

QUEX Strategy Grant Guidelines 2024/25

QUEX Strategy Grant Application Form 2024/25

The QUEX Institute is a partnership between the University of Queensland and the University of Exeter. To support professional development and facilitate the sharing of best practice, the Institute is offering a Professional Service Fellowship Programme. Successful applicants receive up to £4000 to cover travel and accommodation expenses, in order that they undertake a work placement within their counterpart service at the partner university.

This year, the QUEX Insitute welcomes Professional Service staff, working within the following areas, to apply: 

  1. Programme development (international)
  2. International student recruitment
  3. International employability
  4. World-class international student experience
  5. Transnational education

Please see the attached guidelines and application below. Any further questions can be sent to

QUEX Professional Services Fellowship Guidelines 2024

QUEX Professional Services Fellowship Application Form


The University of Exeter and Université Paris-Saclay new ‘double PhD’ degree agreement enables delivery of a series of double PhD degree projects with co-supervision from both institutions. Studentships are being offered and successful students have the chance to obtain two PhD awards from Exeter and Paris-Saclay.   

The collaborative partnership aims to bring staff, students and faculty together to research, innovate and tackle some of the most pressing global challenges. Shared strategic priorities of the institutions include Climate Science, Astrophysics, Computer Science and Cybersecurity.   

In support of this vision, we are we are seeking prospective PhD research projects for the joint funded studentships.  

PhD project proposals will be accepted from sets of academic staff based across the academic communities of Exeter and Saclay. Prospective supervisors will need to complete the online PhD project proposal form. Details of the research project (subject) submissions, including the project proposal form can be found in the project call guidance document below.

University of Exeter and Université Paris-Saclay Guidance Notes

Other funding opportunities and links

The Fulbright University of Exeter Award covers a three-to-nine month project for researching, lecturing or teaching in or across any research-active departments at the university.

Find out more

The Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar Award allows academics and professionals to undertake lecturing and/or research in any discipline at any accredited US university for between three-to-twelve months.

More information can be found here and here.

For assistance with the application process, please contact:
Marie-Joelle West 

The Fullbright Commission are looking to applicants who can engage with the USA in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

There are several Postgraduate Awards available each year. The All Disciplines Award is by far the most competitive, so it’s important to apply for an award that best fits your experience and interest.

Visit the Fullbright Commission website for further details regarding all the awards available.

The Fulbright Specialist Programme allows universities, cultural centres, non-governmental organisations, and other institutions abroad to host a leading U.S. academic or professional to work on diverse, short-term collaborative projects. 

Information on eligibility and the application process for the Fulbright Specialist Programme can be found on the website.

Applications for this programme are accepted all year. The Bilateral Teaching Exchange Programme aims to strengthen the international teaching experience and exposure of Chinese University of Hong Hong (CUHK) faculty members by supporting term-time teaching opportunities at overseas universities.

Find more information here.

Université Paris-Saclay invites highly qualified foreign scientists from any discipline to stay for long periods (from 6 to 12 months) in one of the 275 laboratories of UPSaclay to conduct research, training & dissemination activities. The topic and period of the stay must be decided with the Paris-Saclay host laboratory before the application.  


  • Junior Researchers: Candidates who have obtained their PhD less than ten years before the date of application;  
  • Senior Researcher: Candidates who have obtained their PhD at least ten years before the date of application.  


  • Additional monthly salary of €2,800, which will be paid by Université Paris-Saclay.  
  • A maximum budget of €10,000 to cover expenses related to the beneficiary’s research activities at Paris-Saclay.  

Applicants must mention the requested amount and details of these expenses. Only operating expenses are eligible, personnel expenses are excluded. Find out more.

Invited Faculty Programme:  

Fundingfor hosting international faculty members for 1 week to 1 month within UPSaclay colleges, for the purpose of initiating new/reinforcing existing initiatives.  

Researchers from all disciplines and countries are eligible. Awardees receive up to €850 per week (max 4 weeks), covering travel and business expenses.  

Applications are made by Saclay faculty members, for external faculty members that they wish to invite. Please, therefore, discuss this opportunity with contacts at Saclay. For help connecting with faculty members at Saclay, please contact Stuart Westhead, Global Partnerships ( 

There’s one call for proposals per semester. Requests should specify

  • Details of proposed visiting researcher
  • Duration of stay, month of arrival
  • Reason for stay
  • Host research unit
  • CV of visiting researcher

Contacts in departments to whom applications should be submitted: 

UFR Droit-Économie-Gestion  

UFR Médecine   

UFR Pharmacie 

UFR Sciences 

UFR Sciences du Sport 

The Shared Scholarship scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities, to support students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the UK.

Applications for the 2021/22 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are not yet open. More information on the scheme will be available on the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission’s website (link broken) in due course. Please note that all candidates are expected to have met our English Language Requirements before applying.

Scholarships are available to students of high academic quality from certain Commonwealth countries. You must apply well in advance through the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency in the country in which you have your permanent home. Full details are available on the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission’s website [broken link].

Further information on the range of scholarships and bursaries available at the University of Exeter can be found on our funding opportunities page.

You can also check the Funding Database to search for all available scholarships offered by the University in each department.