University Funding

University Research Studentship Award (URSA)

Studentships are available for predefined research projects across the Faculty. Browse our FindAPhD feed for current opportunities. Some funding may also be available for excellent candidates who obtain an offer of a place for a project of their own.

Studentship value: Awards may be for three or three and a half years and may take the form of a full studentship or a fee reduction.

A full studentship would include: - UK/EU tuition fees - Training Support fee of £1,000 per annum - Maintenance stipend £14,777 per annum (2018/19 rate)

Scheme opens: Open now.

Funds will be allocated in a Faculty-wide competition which will have two rounds:

Round 1

Application deadline: 16 December 2018

Studentship awards announced: mid-January 2019

Round 2

Application deadline: 24 February 2019

Studentship awards announced: mid/late-March 2019

Research Council Funding

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

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 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: Open now
Scheme closes: 27 January 2019.

Applications received after 27 January will be considered subject to funding availability.

Browse our FindAPhD feed for advertised projects.

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.

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

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • Maintenance stipend £14,777 per annum (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 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 per annum (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 for the studentships.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa)

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics or in a subject with substantial mathematical content.

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

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

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens. Very limited funding opportunities may be available for academically-excellent Overseas applicants. For further information contact samba@bath.ac.uk.

Scheme opens: Open now for receipt of expressions of interest.

Scheme closes: June 2019.

This Centre is accepting expressions of interest 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 Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa) and how to apply.

BBSRC SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

The BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience to promote innovation in the bioeconomy. The SWBio DTP offers approximately 28 studentships per year across the partnership.

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

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £5,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 per annum (2018/19 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only.

Scheme opens: Open now
Scheme closes: 3 December 2018

Find out more about BBSRC SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships and how to apply for the studentships.

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: 24 September 2018
Scheme closes: 23 November 2018

Find out more about the MRC GW4 BioMed DTP Studentships and how to apply.

NERC GW4 FRESH CDT Doctoral Studentships

NERC is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science. The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability (GW4 FRESH CDT) harnesses scientists from the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter plus world-class research organisations. Studentships are available for defined projects in fields such as atmospheres, oceans and ice, biogeochemical cycles, natural hazards and resources, and water.

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

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • research and training support grant of £8,250
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 per annum (2018/19 rate)

Scheme opens: Open now
Scheme closes: 23 January 2019

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: Open now
Scheme closes: 7 January 2019

Find out more about the NERC GW4+ DTP Doctoral Studentships and how to apply.