University Funding

Applications from any field of research in the Faculty are eligible. Browse our Find a PhD feed for defined projects. Funding may also be available for excellent candidates who obtain an offer of a place for a project of their own.

University Research Studentship Award (URSA)

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • annual training support fee of £1,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

Scheme opens: Open now.
Final deadline 30th April 2019. Some projects may be eligible for earlier funding round deadlines, check individual project adverts for details.

Find out more about the University Research Studentships and how to apply.

Research Councils Funding

The Research Councils include The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). They award funding for Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT).

To be eligible for a full award (fees and stipend) from a Research Council, a UK or EU student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. For full details on eligibility, please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.

EPSRC DTP Studentships

These are flexible awards to support doctoral training in any areas of engineering and the physical sciences with relevance to the EPSRC remit.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £1,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

Priority for 2019/20 academic led co-funded projects. Check individual project adverts for details.

Scheme opens: Academic led co-funded projects reviewed all year round.
Scheme closes: Subject to funding availability.

Browse our FindaPhD feed for available projects.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Catalysis Studentships

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £1,000 pa
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)
  • travel bursary

Scheme open all year.

Find out more about the Centre for Doctoral Training in Catalysis and how to apply for the studentships.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies Studentship

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) and have a strong interest in Sustainable Chemical Technologies.

Scholarship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens only. Overseas applicants will not be considered for the programme unless able to self-fund.

Scheme opens: Open now.
Scheme closes: To be confirmed.

This Centre is accepting applications now for 2019 entry but is in the process of bidding for future EPSRC funding; confirmation of studentship availability will be available from December 2018/January 2019.

Find out more about the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies and how to apply.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science & Engineering (WISE)

Applications are accepted from a field of Engineering and Science.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only

Scheme opens: Contact cdt-wise-admin@exeter.ac.uk.
Scheme closes: To be confirmed.

Find out more about the Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science & Engineering (WISE) and how to apply.

MRC GW4 Biomed DTP Studentships

The MRC works to improve the health of people in the UK by supporting excellent science and training the very best scientists. The MRC GW4 Biomed DTP is awarding up to 18 studentships with an October 2019 start date, aligned with the themes of Infection, Immunity and Repair; Neuroscience and Mental Health; and Population Health.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £1,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 per annum (2018/19 rate)

Scheme opens: TBA Scheme closes: Now closed.

When the scheme is open you will be able to find out more about the MRC GW4 BioMed DTP Studentships and how to apply.

NERC GW4 FRESH CDT Doctoral Studentships

The NERC is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science. You can apply for this studentship if you want to study in the fields of Atmospheres, Oceans and Ice, Biogeochemical Cycles, Natural Hazards and Resources, or Water.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £8,250 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)

Scheme opens: TBA
Scheme closes: Now closed.

When the scheme is open you will be able to find out more about the NERC GW4 FRESH CDT Doctoral Studentships and how to apply.

NERC GW4+ DTP Doctoral Studentships

NERC is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science. The NERC GW4+ DTP encompasses the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter alongside six research organisations and 24 associate partners. Studentships are available for defined research projects in earth and environmental sciences.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • research and training support grant of £11,000
  • training budget of £4,000
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 per annum (2018/19 rate)

Scheme opens: TBA
Scheme closes: Now closed.

When the scheme is open you will be able to find out more about the NERC GW4+ DTP Doctoral Studentships and how to apply.