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Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities PhD Studentship – University of Exeter Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Ref: 4984

About the award

Exeter’s Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is offering up to three fully funded Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities, open to Home and International fee-paying candidates for PhD study commencing in September 2024.

Project Description

The research must be in the area(s) of history, literature and languages.

Exeter’s Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is offering up to three  fully funded Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities, open to Home and International fee-paying candidates for study commencing in September 2024.

The research must be in the area(s) of history, literature or languages.

The Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships defines these fields broadly and accepts inter-/multi-disciplinary studies.

These fields are outlined as including:

  •  History: As well as broad-based historical and historiographical studies, this may include such   areas as classics, history of art, visual culture, or architectural history, provided the research is   grounded within historical methodology.
  •  Literature: As well as literary and textual studies, this may include research that involves critical   theory, theatre, film and other visual media, provided there is a literary element within the r   research (e.g. translation of literature to screen). It excludes creative writing.
  •  Languages: Research should be in applied languages other than English. It may involve the study   of literary or historical texts, theatre, film or other visual media, translation, or the philosophy of   language, provided that the research is focused primarily on a language other than English. It   excludes linguistics.

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. 

These Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships could be located in the following departments:

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 conferences, 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 provides funding of £35,000 per year.

This funding will cover full tuition fees in the first instance and the remaining balance of funding will be provided to support maintenance, research, travel and training costs incurred during the student’s studies.

The allocation of this funding is at the discretion of the student.

For international fee-paying students, as tuition fee costs are higher and will take up a greater portion of the funding award, the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences will provide a top-up for the maintenance element to bring this up to the UKRI minimum stipend level of £18,622 (2023/24 rate).

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 humanities, and have obtained, or be 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.  PLEASE NOTE THIS STUDENTSHIP IS FOR NEW POST GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS ONLY.

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.

Residency entry requirements

1)  UK and international

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

How to apply

To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button above. You will be asked to submit the following by midnight on Monday 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 4984 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 Monday 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:Studentship funding is up to the level of £35,000 per year (to cover tuition fees, maintenance and research training costs)
Duration of award:Not applicable
Contact: PGR Admissions Team