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University of Exeter Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership - PhD Studentships for September 2024 Entry Ref: 5003

About the award

The University of Exeter is offering up to 15 fully funded doctoral studentships for September 2024 entry as part of our Doctoral Training Partnership with the EPSRC (Engineering, Physical Sciences Reserach Council).

The University of Exeter offers a world-class education and research in one of the most beautiful locations in the UK. As a Russell Group University our research makes a difference across the world and we’re committed to working with our PhD researchers to make the world greener, healthier, and fairer.  Our Doctoral College stimulates, supports and sustains a vibrant research and intellectual environment across and between disciplines for postgraduate and early career researchers. Focusing on investment and development in training, resources and facilities, we provide an outstanding quality experience for those in the early stages of their research careers.

The EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. The EPSRC's portfolio ranges from digital technologies to clean energy, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

The University of Exeter is committed to promoting and supporting equality, diversity, and inclusion within our working environments and is at the heart of all our activities.  With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries, we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. 

We actively encourage applicants with varied experiences and backgrounds and from all sections of the community regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or disability status.  We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive.

Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our postgraduate research student community.  Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workspaces.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.  Applicants with a Lower Second Class degree will be considered if they also have a Masters degree or have significant relevant non-academic experience.

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 and a list of acceptable alternative tests.

How to apply

This application process for this scheme is student-centred, where you are asked to contact a member of academic staff with relevant expertise and appropriate track record of EPSRC-facing research. The deadline for us to receive your application is 19th February 2024 however you will need to contact your potential supervisor and together write a short proposal - you are strongly advised to allow sufficient time to do this. 

Our research priorities for these studentships are based around those identified by the funder (EPSRC), spanning engineering, physics, chemistry, natural sciences, maths, computer science, quantum technologies, ICT, manufacturing, energy and healthcare technologies.  However we particularly encourage applications for mulltidiciplinary projects, including those with links to the social sciences and business, as well as those that have the potential to align with industry or other external organisations.

Please see our dedicated DTP website for full details about how to identify a supervisor, and how to apply.

For successful eligible applicants, the studentship comprises:

  • An index-linked stipend for up to 3.5 years full-time (currently £18,622 for 2023/24), pro-rata for part-time students.
  • Payment of University tuition fees
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £5,000 over 3.5 years, or pro-rata for part-time student.

Fully-funded studentships are available for Home students.  A limited number (up to 30%) of UKRI fully-funded studentships are also available for applicants considered International for fee purposes.  Please see our DTP pages for more details

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on 19th February 2024.   

Submitting an Application

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) supports research and talent across engineering and the physical sciences.  To ensure your application reaches the correct panel, please apply to the department agreed with your proposed supervisor. The submission links are on our DTP website (Submitting an Application).

Contact Information

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email

If you have questions about submitting a research proposal please contact an appropriate supervisor whose research interests match your own via the 'Finding your Academic Supervisor' section on our DTP website.

Data Sharing

During the application process, the University may need to make certain disclosures of your personal data to third parties to be able to administer your application, carry out interviews and select candidates.  These are not limited to but may include disclosures to:

  • the selection panel and/or management board or the equivalent of the relevant programme, which is likely to include staff from one or more other HEIs;
  • administrative staff at one or more other HEIs participating in the relevant programme.

Such disclosures will always be kept to the minimum amount of personal data required for the specific purpose. Your sensitive personal data (relating to disability and race/ethnicity) will not be disclosed without your explicit consent.


Application deadline:19th February 2024
Value:3.5 year studentship: tuition fees, Research Training Support Grant (£5000), and and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £18,622 per year.
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Admissions Team