Nearly 100 PhD Awards Available, Including in the Study of Imperial & Global History

Stacey Hynd

Dear Colleagues and Prospective Students,

If you are seeking PhD funding in the fields of World/Global/Colonial/Imperial History, please may I draw your attention to the following funding opportunities at the University of Exeter.

  • AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership South West and Wales Consortium (SWWC) [up to 50 awards available, deadline 21 February, with an Open Day on 22 January]
  • ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre +3 and 1+3 Studentships [25 Awards, deadline 13 February]
  • ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre +3 and 1+3 Studentships in Security, Conflict and Justice [2 awards, deadline 13 February]
  • College of Humanities Graduate School Doctoral Awards [12 awards available, deadline 2 February].

For more details see

Details on how to apply for AHRC doctoral funding with the SWWC can be found here: – please note however that a number of staff are missing from the lists on these pages, so if you cannot see someone in your field, contact Stacey Hynd ( ) to check! Although the advanced registration deadline has now passed, candidates are still encouraged to register for the Open Day on 22 January, and can still apply after this date.

History at the University of Exeter has two research centres in the broad field of world history: the Centre of Imperial and Global History (led by Professor Andrew Thompson), and the Centre for War, State and Society (led by Professor Martin Thomas). Both offer internationally recognised supervision with geographical coverage from 28 staff across African, Asian (including Chinese), Middle Eastern, American, Imperial, and European history from early-modern to contemporary eras. Both Centres have a strong inter-disciplinary links across the humanities and social sciences. The Centres have particular research interests in:

  •    Globalisation’s past and present
  •    Comparative empires and transnationalism
  •    Humanitarianism, development and human rights
  •    Law and colonialism
  •    Political economy and the imperial state
  •    Europe, decolonisation and the legacies of empire
  •    The impact of armed conflict on society
  •    Colonial warfare and counterinsurgency
  •    Maritime history

More information about the research centres, and our current students, can be found on the following pages: