PhD Funding in World, Global, Colonial, and Imperial History

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Considering a PhD in the interconnected fields of World, Global, Colonial, and Imperial History? The University of Exeter is pleased to offer a variety of funding opportunities.

Exeter’s History Department is ranked top 5 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, top 10 in all major UK university league tables for the subject, top 50 in worldwide rankings for History (QS World University Rankings 2016), and 8th in the UK for world-leading research.

U of exeter image (1)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 Richard Toye), and the Centre for War, State and Society (led by Professor Martin Thomas). Both offer internationally-recognised supervision with geographical coverage from 30 staff across African, Asian (including Chinese), North American, Latin American, Eastern & Central European history from early-modern to contemporary eras. We also have close links with the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies Centre for coverage of Middle Eastern history. Both Centres have 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
  • Colonial warfare and counterinsurgency
  • Gender, race, and empire

If you are seeking PhD funding in the fields of World/Global/Colonial/Imperial History, please think about applying for the following funding opportunities at the University of Exeter.

More information about our research can be found on the following pages:

You can see some of our current PhD students here. The doctoral research community is also supported by the new Global and Imperial Research Network, led by our ESRC Future Leader Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Gareth Curless.

If you have any questions about doctoral research in these Centres at the University of Exeter, please contact the Director of Postgraduate Research Stacey Hynd ( or the Centre directors (,


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