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University of Exeter Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences PhD Studentship: International fee status Ref: 4982

About the award

Research Project Summary

Exeter’s Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is offering up to three fully funded International student PhD Studentships (open to International fee-paying candidates only) for study commencing in September 2024, across any of its areas of research expertise. 

Project Description

Exeter's Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is offering up to three PhD studentships (open to International fee paying students only) for candidates aiming to begin studying in September 2024.

Exeter is a centre for world-leading research across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. 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 departments:

Arab and Islamic Studies
Archaeology and History
Classics, Ancient History, Religion and Theology
Communications, Drama and Film
English and Creative Writing
Humanities and Social Sciences, Penryn (Cornwall)
Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies
Law School
School of Education
Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy, and Anthropology

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 Digital Humanities Lab
  • Research and career development opportunities within the Faculty and across the University
  • Dedicated study space for HASS postgraduates
  • A well-established postgraduate research culture including conference, seminars 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
  • Fit with research environment and supervision team

Applications will be assessed in line with the university’s commitment to supporting equality, diversity and inclusivity in postgraduate research.

Duration and value of award

The studentship 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 £18,622 (2023/24 rate). This studentship also provides additional funds to help with visa fees and health surcharge costs. Successful applicants will need to initially pay the costs of these fees themselves and top-up funding to cover these costs will be provided upon registration with the University.

For further information on research opportunities in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences please contact  Professor Stacey Hynd, HASS Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research:

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at a minimum a good first degree (at least 2.1, or international equivalent) in a relevant field of the humanities, arts or social sciences, and have obtained, or are currently working towards a Master's degree at Merit level, or international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Evidence of relevant professional expertise can also be taken into consideration. 

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.

Applicants must have identified and approached a potential supervisor and have supervision agreed in principle. To help find an appropriate supervisor please look at the staff pages of departmental webpages or use the Research Expertise search function on our Postgraduate Study pages:

Applicants would be expected to start their studies in September 2024.

Recipients are expected to commit to engagement beyond their doctoral studies through contributing to   the research environment of their discipline and the Faculty 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. 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 2024, not those who have already started.

Applications will only be supported for campus-based programmes as this studentship is not open to Distance-Learning programmes.

Residency Entry Requirements:

1) International only

This studentship, including full tuition fees and maintenance allowance, is available to International fee-paying candidates.

How to apply

To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button above. You will be asked to submit the following by 26 February 2024: 

  • A Research proposal of 1500-2000 words (exclusive of bibliography), with supervisors agreed in principle
  • A 200-500 word statement on your fit with the department/Faculty research culture and your prospective supervision team. You should also name which programme of study you are applying for
  •  A CV
  •  Proof of academic track record (transcripts/certificates)
  •  Two references, at least one to be an academic reference
  •  Proof of your English language proficiency, if relevant

Please submit all documents, apart from your references and degree transcripts, as one combined file and submit this against the research proposal section of the application form.

All application documents must be submitted in English. Certified translated copies of academic qualifications must also be provided.

Please note that we will seek a supporting statement from named prospective supervisors for all shortlisted candidates as part of the final assessment process.

Please quote reference 4982 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 26 February 2024.

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.

No interviews will be held for these studentships. We expect to be able to communicate outcomes to all applicants in the week commencing 1 April 2024.

For general information about this studentship and the application process, please contact


Application deadline:26th February 2024
Value:International tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £18,622 per year (2023/24 rate) plus stipend top-up of c. £3,000 to help with visa fees and health surcharge costs.
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Admissions Team