Funding for postgraduate research programmes

Funding opportunities for PhD studentships in Astrophysics are listed separately.  Fully-funded studentships associated with the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) are also detailed on the centre's dedicated website.

AwardValueDeadlineDescription
Big Data, Machine Learning and Visualisation Systems for Water Demand Management - Engineering - PhD (Funded) (Advizzo Ltd London)
(ID 2663)
£14,553 Fri 18th Aug 2017 The Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter has a long history of research into water systems modelling and management. This PhD project, which is funded by EPSRC via the WISE Centre for Doctoral Training, This project aims to investigate the use of data analytics and smart water network technologies for improved management of urban water distribution systems by better quantifying end user demand and by providing consumption feedback to customers to manage their demand. The project will use a
Thermal effects in nano-structured magnetic structures. Engineering, PhD, (funded)
(ID 2706)
£14,553 for 3.5 years Mon 28th Aug 2017 This project will investigate the thermal effects in nano-structured magnetic structures.
Biomechanical risk factors for injury in rugby union academy players - SHS - PhD (Funded)
(ID 2719)
£ 14,553 for 4 years Thu 31st Aug 2017 The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,553 for 4 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study.
Fast-focusing 3D optical microscopy for imaging excitable tissues - PHY- PhD (Funded)
(ID 2712)
£ 14,553 for 3.5 years Sun 10th Sep 2017 Development of a fast focusing optical microscope to improve understanding of heart failure mechanisms in model organisms. Low level control of active system components required to enable high spatial and temporal resolution imaging of heart muscle tissue
Detecting the pathology specific chemo-mechanics of epithelial tissue in dysplastic Barrett’s oesophagus using light scattering - Physics - PhD (Funded) (CRUK/EPSRC)
(ID 2677)
£14,553 for 4 years Fri 15th Sep 2017 Oesophageal cancer is the 8th most common cancer in males in UK and one with dismal prognosis – only 12% of patients survive it for more than 10 years. We propose to develop a new approach to investigate the heterogeneity in structure, elasticity and composition of epithelial tissue in Barrett’s oesophagus.
Optical detection of magnetization dynamics induced by spin-orbit torques. Physics - PhD (Funded)
(ID 2463)
UK/EU Tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance of £14,553 Sun 17th Sep 2017 PhD funding is available to study spin-orbit torques in multi-layered magnetic materials by time resolved scanning Kerr microscopy. The use of spin-orbit torques in memory and microwave oscillator devices will also be explored.
BBSRC SWBio DTP PhD studentship: Molecular characterisation, modelling and prediction of organelle membrane dynamics in health and disease
(ID 2338)
£14,296 per annum for 2016 - 2017 Deadline passed BBSRC SWBio DTP funded studentship available for September 2017 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stripend which is currently £14,296 per annum for 2016-17.
BBSRC SWBio DTP PhD studentship: Quantitative imaging of a developmental pathway in adult cardiac cells in a model of pathological ischemic stress
(ID 2343)
£14,296 per annum for 2016 - 2017 Deadline passed BBSRC SWBio DTP funded studentship available for September 2017 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stripend which is currently £14,296 per annum for 2016-17.
NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship: From marine aerosol emissions to global climate change
(ID 2260)
14,296 anum for 2016-17 Deadline passed NERC GW4+ funded studentship available for September 2017 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £14,296 per annum for 2016-17.
NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship: What drives volcanic unrest in New Zealand? Insights from volcano geodesy and numerical models for enhanced eruption forecasting
(ID 2308)
£14,296 per annum for 2016-17 Deadline passed NERC GW4+ funded studentship available for September 2017 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £14,296 per annum for 2016-17.
PhD in Mathematics: Understanding scale interactions in weather and climate models
(ID 2236)
3.5-year studentship: Tuition fees (UK/EU) and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates Deadline passed The weak link in weather and climate models is the coupling between the dynamics and the sub-grid physics. The project aims to improve our understanding of physics-dynamics coupling, and will provide excellent training in weather and climate modeling.
EPSRC DTP PhD studentship: Harnessing the radical pair mechanism: Quantum physics for the amplification and optimisation of magnetic field effects
(ID 2409)
3.5 year studentship: UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £14,296 per year Deadline passed EPSRC Funded studentship available for September 2017 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £14,296 per annum for 2016-17.
EPSRC DTP PhD studentship: Strain-engineering and pseudo-magnetic fields in graphene nanoresonators
(ID 2395)
3.5 year studentship: UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £14,296 per year Deadline passed EPSRC Funded studentship available for September 2017 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £14,296 per annum for 2016-17.
China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarship
(ID 2545)
Full tuition fees and Living Allowance Deadline passed The University of Exeter alongside the China Scholarship Council is pleased to offer fully funded studentship available for September 2017 entry.
Diamond Jubilee Scholarship
(ID 2460)
Up to 4 years – Home/EU fees Deadline passed The University is offering the Diamond Jubilee Scholarships to support a high quality Home/EU student to undertake a PhD or doctoral study at Exeter. The award pays the full Home/EU fees for up to 4 years.
Exeter International Excellence Scholarship for Postgraduate Research
(ID 2461)
Full international fees plus research allowance and £14,296 annual stipend Deadline passed The University is offering 20 Exeter International Excellence Scholarships for Postgraduate Research to top students from around the world. The award pays international fees, a research allowance and stipend (currently £14,296 pa) for up to 3.5 years.
Listening to the Oceans: Autonomous Acoustic Imaging of Oceanic Structure
(ID 2476)
£14,296 Deadline passed The University of Exeter's College of Life and Environmental Sciences in partnership with NEXt generation Unmanned System Science Centre for Doctoral Training (NEXUSS CDT)are offering a funded studentship for September 2017 entry. The studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £14,296 per annum for 2016-17.
Prospects for novel crops in a warmer climate
(ID 2558)
£14,553 Deadline passed The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with Cornwall Council, are inviting applications for a fully-funded NERC Industrial CASE PhD studentship to commence in September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of £14,553 for 4 years (full-time, part-time pro rata). The student would be based in the Environment and Sustainability Institute in the College of Lif
PhD Studentship in Ocean Technology: Development of a numerical design algorithm for a hollow braided offshore shock absorber
(ID 2560)
3 years tuition fees UK/EU and an annual maintenance allowance at current research council rate Deadline passed This PhD work will focus on the development of a numerical model and user interface that will aid mooring designers seeking to specify the hollow braided tether within a mooring design.
College funded PhD Studentship in atmospheric/climate science: Understanding future changes in midlatitude weather systems
(ID 2593)
3.5 year studentship including UK/EU/International tuition fees plus a stipend equivalent to the RCUK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18) Deadline passed Extratropical cyclones (midlatitude weather systems) are important for the day-to-day weather in the midlatitudes, bringing heavy rainfall and strong winds. This project aims to understand how climate change will impact extratropical cyclones using state-of-the-art climate models.
College funded PhD Studentship in Mathematics: Causes and Effects of Antarctic sea ice trends
(ID 2597)
3.5 year studentship including UK/EU/International tuition fees plus a stipend equivalent to the RCUK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18) Deadline passed Antarctic sea ice has increased in spite of global warming; until last year when it fell dramatically. This funded 3.5-year PhD will explore the reasons for this behavior, whether climate models reproduce it, and what this means for the future of sea ice.
PhD Studentship: Improving the representation of the interaction between aerosol particles and the cloud droplet size distribution in climate models
(ID 2465)
Tuition fees for UK/EU/International and £14.296 an annual maintenance allowance at current research council rate Deadline passed In this PhD studentship we aim to reduce current uncertainties in estimates of future climate change by improving the representation of atmospheric processes related to aerosol - cloud interactions in climate models.
University funded PhD Studentship in Mathematics: Bioenergy crops, climate and ecosystems in the UK
(ID 2591)
3.5 year studentship including UK/EU/International tuition fees plus a stipend equivalent to the RCUK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18) Deadline passed This project will investigate one potential method for reducing climate change: the use of bioenergy crops with carbon capture and storage. The key question is: What are the impacts of bioenergy crops on climate, food, energy, and water in the UK?
PhD Studentship in Offshore Energy: Design optimisation of floating offshore wind turbins
(ID 2592)
3.5 year studentship including UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend equivalent to RCUK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18) Deadline passed This PhD work will focus aim to optimize the design of wind turbine rotor and tower enhancing coupled aerodynamic and structural models for floating offshore wind applications; enabling resilience in design to address extend life time combined with an enhanced energy yield.
College funded PhD Studentship in Mathematics: Attribution of climate change to anthropogenic and natural causes
(ID 2562)
3.5 year studentship including UK/EU/International tuition fees plus a stipend equivalent to the RCUK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18) Deadline passed Understanding how our climate is changing is vital for societies to cope with a warming world. This project will develop techniques for better quantifying how much anthropogenic and natural factors affect weather and climate regionally.
College funded PhD Studentship in Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change Modelling
(ID 2594)
3.5 year studentship including UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend equivalent to the RCUK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18) Deadline passed Air pollution affects food production, the carbon cycle and climate change, but the impacts are not well understood. This project applies air pollution-climate modelling and measurement data to quantify air pollution effects on agriculture, the land carbon sink and surface climate in the current and future world.
NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship: Developing drone-based Remote sensing methodologies for meteorological Observations in the Natural Environment (DRONE)
(ID 2634)
£14,553 Deadline passed This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £14,553 per year tax-free stipend. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence in September 2017
Developing microfluidic platforms to fight infectious diseases and bio-threats, Biology - PhD (Funded)
(ID 2622)
£15,553 Deadline passed Academic Supervisors: Dr Stefano Pagliara, University of Exeter Professor Richard Titball, University of Exeter Dr Sarah Harding, DSTL Associate Professor Helen Atkins, DSTL
College funded PhD Studentship in Engineering: Quantum Photonics with 2D Materials
(ID 2624)
3.5 year studentship including UK/EU/International tuition fees plus a stipend equivalent to the RCUK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18) Deadline passed This project aims to develop a chip-level platform for handheld quantum communication, built on the integration of single photon emitters in 2D-materials with CMOS-compatible photonic circuits.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Plasmonic-enhanced organic photovoltaics on textiles
(ID 2455)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
Novel microfluidic technologies to interrogate bacterial pathogens with single-cell precision, Biosciences – MPhil/PhD (Funded)
(ID 2641)
£14,553 Deadline passed This studentship is only available to UK nationals. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 4 years of full-time study to commence in January 2018 and is subject to confirmation of funding.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Acoustic imaging in turbid environments
(ID 2443)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Advancing single molecule detection with strong light-matter interactions on plasmonic nanostructures
(ID 2446)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Broadband acoustic energy harvesting using acoustic metamaterials
(ID 2438)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Cell sorting using surface acoustic waves and phononic crystals
(ID 2451)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Control of flow-induced near-field noise through the use of metasurfaces
(ID 2564)
4-year studentship: Tuition fee, and stipend (approx.£16,500) for UK/EU students Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Design and characterisation of 3D metamaterials fabricated using additive manufacturing
(ID 2445)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Experimental Topics in Controlling Sound with Acoustic Metamaterials
(ID 2436)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Flexible Hyperspectral Infrared Detectors
(ID 2439)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Magnetic materials with ultralow damping for magnonic metamaterials and devices
(ID 2437)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Magnetic meta-matter out of equilibrium
(ID 2447)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Mid-infrared phase-change metadevices
(ID 2452)
4-year studentship: Tuition fee, and stipend (approx.£16,500) for UK/EU students. Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Multifunctional Luminescent Monolayered Quantum Dots for Cancer Theranostics
(ID 2454)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Plasmonic tuning of nanoparticle constructs - Developing new tools for nanomedicine
(ID 2350)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Sensing the dynamics of a metamaterial and its constituent parts with a near-field optical antenna
(ID 2453)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Single photon frequency conversion with non-linear metamaterials
(ID 2441)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Solid State Refrigeration using 2D/Meta materials
(ID 2432)
4-year studentship: UK/EU students, includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (14,553 for 2017-18) Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials: Terahertz detectors using novel metamaterials approaches
(ID 2458)
4-year studentship: Tuition fee, and stipend (approx.£16,500) for UK/EU students Deadline passed The studentship is part of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.
Complex network analysis and machine learning for large-scale news-mining - Computer Science - PhD (Funded)
(ID 2662)
£14,553 Deadline passed This fully funded 4-year project is co-sponsored by University of Exeter and a fast-growing data science company with offices in London and Bristol. The studentship will be based in the Computer Science department at University of Exeter and will interact with a vibrant interdisciplinary data science research community centred on the new Data Science Institute. Through the commercial sponsor, the studentship will benefit from hands-on training in advanced software tools and platforms, gaining invaluable exp
Stability and load prediction of aero-hydro-elastic coupled FOW systems -ENG - PhD(Funded)
(ID 2681)
£14,553 for 3.5 years Deadline passed The vision of this holistic multi-disciplinary project is to provide a foundation to develop and demonstrate an integrated approach to system resilience for offshore renewable energy in China and the UK. A key task will be to assess the coupled load transfer between wind turbine, platform and the mooring system under operational and extreme storm conditions, as these effects could lead to early failure of the system. As such this PhD work will focus to optimize the design of wind turbine rotor and moored pl

Additional awards offered by the University

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries; find out more on the Funding pages of the University's website. Information about all awards is available on the searchable funding database which allows you to find all the studentships and bursaries for which you are eligible.

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Read all about Exeter's EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials.  We're one of the biggest doctoral training centres in the UK, based entirely in Exeter, offering 14-18 fully funded 4 year studentships per year. Click here for application instructions.

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