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EPSRC DTP PhD Studentships

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC DTP) PhD Studentships

The University of Exeter is the UK’s fastest-growing, fastest-rising research university1; combining world-class research with high levels of student satisfaction across campuses in Exeter and Cornwall. Formed in 1955, the University has over 22,000 students from 178 countries, and consistently ranks amongst the best in the UK2.

The University of Exeter EPSRC DTP (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership) is offering up to 15 fully funded doctoral studentships for 2019/20 entry. Students will be given sector-leading training and development with outstanding facilities and resources. The EPSRC DTP studentships will be offered across the whole of EPSRC’s remit, with projects at the interface of disciplines and collaborations with users where appropriate. Studentships will be awarded to outstanding applicants.

The University of Exeter stimulates, supports and sustains a vibrant research and intellectual environment, across and between disciplines for postgraduate and early career researchers. We have invested £350 million pounds in Science and Engineering since 2008 and we are one of the fastest growing and fastest rising research intensive universities in the UK1. We were ranked 16th out of 134 universities in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) and 98% of our research is rated as being of international quality by REF2014.

The terms and conditions of training grants provide the framework for EPSRC DTPs and are available from the UKRI website along with the Training Grant Guide. We have a number of research projects open for applications, but also welcome the submission of research proposals which fit the EPSRC themes outlined on the webpages.

EPSRC DTP PhD Studentships


These studentships will be funded by the EPSRC and are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK and are classed as UK/EU for tuition fee purposes. If you have not resided in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship, you are not eligible for a maintenance allowance so you would need an alternative source of funding for living costs. To be eligible for fees-only funding you must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU. For information on EPSRC residency criteria click here.

There are a limited number (1-2 studentships) of fully funded studentships with open eligibility to support the very best students for those who do not meet the residency criteria requirements.

1 Between 2006/7 – 2015/16, Exeter saw the greatest rise in research income compared to all other Russell Group universities

2 Featured in the top 15 of all the major UK league tables since 2011

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