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
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.
Social and Behavioural Life and Environmental Science Research PhD Studentships - EPSRC DTP Funded 3.5 year studentship: UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £15,009 per year. Thu 30th Jan 2020 EPSRC Funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.
MRes – PhD 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 Fri 31st 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 – PhD 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. Fri 31st 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 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. Fri 31st 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 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. Fri 31st 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).
Teaching PhD Bursaries in Accounting at the University of Exeter Business School The scholarship is for a maximum of 5 years. For successful eligible applicants the studentship includes tuition fees at UK/EU fee rates, remuneration for teaching and an annual stipend (£15,903 at 2020/21 rate). See advert for full details. Fri 31st Jan 2020 The MRes to PhD Pathway is a one-year Accounting programme, which allows you to specialise in your chosen discipline at the post-graduate level in preparation for progression to the PhD. Alongside the MRes and PhD programmes, you will be employed as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in the Business School, which will ensure that you graduate from the Business School as a highly skilled researcher and educator.
Teaching PhD Bursaries in Economics at the University of Exeter Business School The scholarship is for a maximum of 6 years. For successful eligible applicants the studentship includes tuition fees at UK/EU fee rates, remuneration for teaching and an annual stipend (£15,903 at 2020/21 rate). See advert for full details. Fri 31st Jan 2020 The MRes to PhD Pathway is a two-year programme, which allows you to specialise in your chosen discipline at the post-graduate level in preparation for progression to the PhD. Alongside the MRes and PhD programmes, you will be employed as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in the Business School, which will ensure that you graduate from the Business School as a highly skilled researcher and educator.
Teaching PhD Bursaries in Finance at the University of Exeter Business School The scholarship is for a maximum of 6 years. For successful eligible applicants the studentship includes tuition fees at UK/EU fee rates, remuneration for teaching and an annual stipend (£15,903 at 2020/21 rate). See advert for full details. Fri 31st Jan 2020 The MRes to PhD Pathway is a two-year programme, which allows you to specialise in your chosen discipline at the post-graduate level in preparation for progression to the PhD. Alongside the MRes and PhD programmes, you will be employed as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in the Business School, which will ensure that you graduate from the Business School as a highly skilled researcher and educator.
Teaching PhD Bursaries in Management at the University of Exeter Business School The scholarship is for a maximum of 5 years. For successful eligible applicants the studentship includes tuition fees at UK/EU fee rates, remuneration for teaching and an annual stipend (£15,903 at 2020/21 rate). See advert for full details. Fri 31st Jan 2020 The MRes to PhD Management Pathway is a one-year programme, which allows you to specialise in your chosen discipline at the post-graduate level in preparation for progression to the PhD. Alongside the MRes and PhD programmes, you will be employed as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in the Business School which, will ensure that you graduate from the Business School as a highly skilled researcher and educator.
Canadian Centennial Scholarships for current Canadian Postgraduates studying in the UK £5,000.00 Sun 8th Mar 2020 Awards for study for Canadian Students who have already commenced their multi-year studies in the UK
Colciencias (Colombia) Fully funded Fri 1st May 2020 The University and Colciencias have agreed an MOU to promote long-term collaboration between the two organisations with the purpose of encouraging Colombian students to pursue Doctorate level studies.
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.
China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarships Full tuition fees and Living Allowance Deadline passed
(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) Deadline passed
(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.