Additional awards

The University offers a wide range of scholarships and bursaries and you can find out more on the PhD Funding pages of the University’s website.

You can also use the searchable funding database to check which studentships and bursaries you may be eligible for.

Funding opportunities

We offer a generous range of funding opportunities to students. The following awards are currently available:

AwardValueApplication deadlineDescription
The neural circuit basis of spatial memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease. PhD in Medical Studies (MRC GW4 BioMed DTP) Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£15,009 p.a. for 2019/20, updated each year) plus UK/EU tuition fees Mon 25th Nov 2019 The loss of memories of places is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). These “spatial memories” are generated by networks of space coding neurons, called place cells, in a key brain structure for memory called the hippocampus. This project will use cutting-edge in vivo brain imaging to discover how place cells become disrupted in AD, and attempt to treat this using drugs that target AD pathology.
Mitigating impacts of sport and leisure in the marine environment - Biological Sciences – PhD (Funded) £15,009 per year for 3.5 years Sun 1st Dec 2019 Theresa and Mike Laflin’s generous donation is part of the University of Exeter’s ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ Campaign, which aims to raise £60 million by the end of 2020. Funds raised support vital research in areas such as the environment and medicine, as well as supporting students to achieve their potential at Exeter. Currently the total stands at £56.3 million, 94% of the target.
China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarships Full tuition fees and Living Allowance Mon 6th Jan 2020 The University of Exeter alongside the China Scholarship Council is pleased to offer fully funded studentship available for September 2020 entry.
UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Environmental Intelligence: Data Science & AI for Sustainable Futures UK/EU tuition fees together with a yearly stipend at UKRI rates (£15,009 for 2019/20) Mon 6th Jan 2020 UKRI Funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. The studentship will provide funding of Home/EU tuition fees and a stipend of £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Advanced Quantative Methods(AQM), for 2020/21 entry £15,009 per annum for 2019-20 Tue 21st Jan 2020 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Economic and Social History, for 2020/21 entry £15,009 per annum for 2019-20 Tue 21st Jan 2020 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Economics, for 2020/21 entry £15,009 per annum for 2019-20 Tue 21st Jan 2020 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Global Political Economy, for 2020/21 entry £15,009 per annum for 2019-20 Tue 21st Jan 2020 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Health and Wellbeing, for 2020/21 entry £15,009 per annum for 2019-20 Tue 21st Jan 2020 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Management and Business Studies, for 2020/21 entry £15,009 per annum for 2019-20 Tue 21st Jan 2020 ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
MRes Accounting (PhD Pathway) The scholarship is for a max of 4 years, includes: MRes (Year 1): Full tuition fees at UK/EU or INT fee rate an annual bursary equivalent to the UKRI stipend rate – £15,009 for 2019/20 PhD (Years 2 to 4) Full tuition fees at UK/EU or INT fee rate. An a Wed 22nd Jan 2020 The MRes Accounting (PhD pathway) provides an opportunity to undertake a research preparation Masters before progression to the PhD in Accounting. Your initial scholarship will apply to the MRes stage (Year 1). On successful completion of the MRes and submission and acceptance of a suitable research proposal and the availability of appropriate supervision, you will move on to the PhD programme for which you will receive funding (years 2-4).
MRes Economics (PhD Pathway) The scholarship is for a maximum of 5 years, and includes MRes (Years 1/2), Full tuition fees at UK/EU/INT fee rate, an annual bursary equivalent to the UKRI stipend of £15,009. PhD (Years 3-5) Full tuition fees at UK/EU/INT fee rate. Wed 22nd Jan 2020 The MRes Economics (PhD Pathway) is a two-year programme which allows you to specialise in economics at the post-graduate level in preparation for progression to the PhD in Economics. Your initial studentship will apply to the MRes stage (years 1 and 2). On successful completion and progression from the MRes, you will move to the PhD studentship (years 3-5), subject to meeting the PhD entry criteria. The studentship is dependent on successful progression within the PhD programme each year.
MRes Finance (PhD Pathway) The scholarship is for a maximum of 5 years, and includes MRes (Years 1/2), Full tuition fees at UK/EU/INT fee rate, an annual bursary equivalent to the UKRI stipend of £15,009. PhD (Years 3-5) Full tuition fees at UK/EU/INT fee rate. Wed 22nd Jan 2020 The MRes Finance (PhD Pathway) is a two-year programme which allows you to specialise in economics at the post-graduate level in preparation for progression to the PhD in Finance. Your initial studentship will apply to the MRes stage (years 1 and 2). On successful completion and progression from the MRes, you will move to the PhD studentship (years 3-5), subject to meeting the PhD entry criteria. The studentship is dependent on successful progression within the PhD programme each year.
MRes Management (PhD Pathway) The scholarship is for a max of 4 years, includes: MRes (Year 1): Full tuition fees at UK/EU or INT fee rate an annual bursary equivalent to the UKRI stipend rate – £15,009 for 2019/20 PhD (Years 2 to 4) Full tuition fees at UK/EU or INT fee rate. Wed 22nd Jan 2020 The MRes Management (PhD pathway) provides an opportunity to undertake a research preparation Masters before progression to the PhD in Management. Your initial scholarship will apply to the MRes stage (Year 1). On successful completion of the MRes and submission and acceptance of a suitable research proposal and the availability of appropriate supervision, you will move on to the PhD programme for which you will receive funding (years 2-4).
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Mon 18th May 2020 The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.
Sports Scholarship Scheme up to £3,000 plus additional support services worth £3,500 Sun 31st May 2020 Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport.
US Department of Education - Federal Student Loan Variable Tue 30th Jun 2020 The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs, including these loans, to help pay for your education.
Class of 2020 Progression Award 10% reduction in first year tuition fee There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for current University of Exeter students completing a full degree in 2020 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate course in September 2020.
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship 10% reduction in first year tuition fee There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for all University of Exeter alumni who start a postgraduate degree with us from September 2020.
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards Full tuition waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend Deadline passed
(Tue 8th Oct 2019)
Our UK Partnership award with Fulbright is available for Masters or Doctoral students who are USA or dual USA:UK citizens wishing to study at the University. The award takes the form of a tuition fee waiver for the first year of graduate study (either Masters or PhD) and a living stipend. We also accept scholars in receipt of Fulbright 'Open Awards' (also referred to as the All Disciplines Award).
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2020 (for least developed countries and fragile states) Tuition fees, approved fares and stipend Deadline passed
(Wed 30th Oct 2019)
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from the least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, put forward by various nominating bodies, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.
Said Foundation Scholarships Varies Deadline passed
(Fri 1st Nov 2019)
The Said Foundation offers around thirty postgraduate scholarships to nationals from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria who are also permanent residents in these target countries.
2020/21 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (low and middle income countries) Visiting scholar tuition fee, approved fares, and personal maintenance Deadline passed
(Wed 6th Nov 2019)
Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.