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Funding and awards

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is a research intensive Faculty. Staff and postgraduate students conduct internationally recognised research across all disciplines. We encourage a vibrant, collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture based around strategic areas of expertise. We have an excellent record of winning external funding, and our centres, institutes and groups provide structure and support, promoting collaboration and impact.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences invites expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers considering making an application for the 2022/23 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme.

About the fellowships

The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

This scheme is extremely competitive and the British Academy advises that success rates in recent years have rarely exceeded 10%. As a result, Exeter will support only the most competitive proposals.

The fellowship attracts a salary at Grade F (£36,382)

Eligibility requirements

  1. Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship.
  2. Applicants must be within three years of their successful Viva Voce examination. Exemption from this criterion may be granted for reasons occurring after the date of the viva voce examination such as: maternity leave, illness, family commitments etc but must be confirmed with the BA prior to application.
  3. Applicants must be a British or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through already having been employed in a temporary capacity (longer than twelve months) at a UK university.
  4. Not have held a permanent academic post in an institution of higher education at any time in their career.

The eligibility criteria listed above are based on the 2021/22 guidance. Please check the British Academy’s guidance for 2022/23 for full details once it has been released.

How to apply

For further information on pursuing a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship application please contact:


Arab & Islamic Studies

Tim Insoll

Graduate School of Education

Justin Dillon

Law School

Helena Wray


Dan Stevens

Sociology, Philosophy & Anthropology

Harry West 

Expressions of interest, including a 100-word abstract, a concise outline of the proposed research programme/plan of action (maximum 800 words), a summary of the intended outputs and a CV should be sent no later than Monday 15 August 2022. Please submit your application to the named contact above, copying to

Applicants to be supported by Exeter will be confirmed no later than 12 September 2022.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

We are inviting expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers considering making an application for the 2023 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships scheme. The call opens in January 2023. The closing date for applications is 23 February 2023 and further information and guidance can be found on the Leverhulme Trust's website. We will be supporting a limited number of applications for the scheme and there will be an internal sift for candidate selection.

About the Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and it is hoped that Fellowships will lead to a more permanent academic position, either within the same institution or another institution. Approximately 145 Fellowships will be available in 2023.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship. The Trust will consider applications from candidates whose permanent post does not include any research.
  • Applicants must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the fellowship.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis before 23 February 2019 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break or their work has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Those currently registered for a doctorate may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date of 4pm on 23rd February 2023.
  • Applicants must either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of the application deadline must hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship) which commenced no less than 4 months prior to the closing date. Hence, those who do not hold a UK degree and whose UK academic position commenced after October 2022 are not eligible. The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK. 
  • Successful applicants must be based in Exeter to take up the fellowship, it cannot be undertaken remotely.

*For full eligibility requirements please see the Leverhulme Trust’s website

Expressions of interest

If you would like to apply to hold a fellowship in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences you must submit an expression of interest, including a 100-word abstract, a concise outline of the proposed research programme/plan of action (maximum 800 words), a summary of the intended outputs and a CV, no later than 18th November 2022.

Please submit your Expression of Interest to the Departmental Director of Research & Impact (see below for full list), copying to

Further information

For further information on pursuing a Leverhulme ECF application please contact:

Arab & Islamic Studies

Tim Insoll

Anthropology, Criminology, Philosophy, and Sociology

Harry West

Archaeology & History

Nandini Chaterjee

Classics, Ancient History, Religion & Theology

Martin Pitts

Communications, Drama, Film

Cathy Turner

English & Creative Writing

Philip Schwyzer

HASS Penryn

Catriona Pennel

Languages, Cultures & Visual Studies

Hugh Roberts

Law School

Professor Anne Barlow

Political Sciences

Professor Dan Stevens

School of Education

Neil Harrison


PhD Studentships

Exeter is a centre for world-leading research across the Humanities. Our departments are consistently placed at the top of national and international rankings.

Our PhD studentships are available to support any excellent project connecting with, or across, our disciplines. Exeter’s researchers lead in a wide range of fields and debates in the Humanities.

Exeter is a portal to a rich variety of research resources offering unique archives in medieval and modern history, modern and contemporary literature and film. Dynamic partnerships with arts, culture and heritage organisations – British Museum, Historic England, London Film School, National Trust, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Tate Britain among many others – give our researchers access to a remarkable range of research collections and facilities.

Exeter offers PhD students exceptional support:

  • A teamed approach to supervision combining research expertise from across our disciplines and access to a personal research mentor
  • A dedicated Humanities Graduate School, a single point-of-contact for all programme and practical needs
  • A framework of research and career development opportunities across the University and through our network of partners
  • An exclusive study suite for Humanities postgraduates
  • A well-established postgraduate research culture including annual conferences and journal publications
  • Funding opportunities for individual research needs

Applicants may apply to any awards for which you are eligible and which fit your personal research interests. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us.

AwardValueApplication deadlineDescription
E.H. Boundy PhD Studentship - Theology & Religion UK tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £17,668 per year (2022/23 rate). Mon 5th Jun 2023 This scholarship is funded from the bequest of the late E.H. Boundy. UK tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £17,668 per year (2022/23 rate).
University of Exeter Class of 2023 Progression Scholarship 10% reduction in the 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 degree in 2023 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate programme with us in 2023/24
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards - 2023/24 competition Full tuition fee waiver for the first year of Masters / PhD study & living stipend Deadline passed
(Tue 11th Oct 2022)
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).
SWW2 AHRC DTP Awards (Exeter) Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free maintenance stipend of £17,668 per annum or part-time equivalent. Deadline passed
(Mon 16th Jan 2023)
Up to 48 fully-funded PhD studentships for entry in September 2023 with the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. Awards are for three years eight months duration (or part-time equivalent) as standard. Once their studentship has begun students can apply to extend their studentship to up to 4 years, should they wish to undertake a placement opportunity with an external organisation or undertake significant training that is essential to their project.
University of Exeter Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership - PhD Studentships for September 2023 Entry 3.5 year studentship: UK tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £17,668 per year. Deadline passed
(Mon 27th Feb 2023)
Engineering and Physical Science Rsearch Council Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC DTP) Funded studentships available for September 2023 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £17,668 per annum for 2022-23.
COLFUTURO Ayudar Joint Graduate Scholarship-Loan Programme - 2023 call Tuition fees and living stipend for a maximum of two years Deadline passed
(Tue 28th Feb 2023)
COLFUTURO offers scholarship-loans to provide financial support to Colombian citizens to access high-quality Masters or Doctoral programs abroad. Recipients of Colfuturo funding who have applied to study a taught Masters degree at the University of Exeter will be considered for the Ayudar Scholarship which provides an annual stipend.
Canadian Centennial Scholarships Fund £5,000 Deadline passed
(Fri 10th Mar 2023)
Awards for study for Canadian Students already pursuing full-time, multi-year postgraduate programmes in any field of study in the UK
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Deadline passed
(Fri 19th May 2023)
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 Deadline passed
(Wed 31st May 2023)
Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport.