History PhD Funding 2017

Funding applications for 2017 are now open

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Applying for funding:

Whatever funding you're applying for, we recommend getting in touch with the member of staff you are hoping to work with before you begin. The funding application process is very competitive and your proposal will need to be very carefully crafted. We would, therefore, suggest this contact is made several weeks before submitting an application. This will allow your proposed supervisor to discuss your research proposal with you and offer advice on your application. We would then strongly encourage you to submit your draft - which takes into account your discussions with your supervisor and their feedback - to the Department by Monday 16 January, so that we can provide final overarching feedback ahead of the funding deadline. 


Application process:

  1. Get in touch with your proposed supervisor to discuss your application
  2. Apply to the History PhD programme - please ensure your referees are aware of the funding deadline
  3. Submit a draft of your funding application - we strongly recommend submitting a draft of your funding application form(s) to the Department by Monday 16 January 2017, so that we can provide feedback. Please email your draft to Beky Hasnip.
  4. Submit the University funding form through your course application by 5pm, 1 February 2017
  5. Submit the WRoCAH funding form (if applicable) through the WRoCAH website by 5pm, 1 February 2017

You do not need to have received an offer before you submit your funding application (except for the China Scholarship Awards).

Any questions? please contact our Admissions and Postgraduate Support Manager, Miss Beky Hasnip, or the Director of Graduate Study, Dr Adrian Bingham.

Funding workshops

The faculty of Arts and Humanities are holding two PhD scholarship application workshops, which will offer advice and guidance on the various funding schemes available through the University and how to write a strong application.

  • Tuesday 13th December 12.00-14.00 in A85 Richard Roberts Building
  • Thursday 19th January 13.00-15.00 in the HRI

Book your place

The following University funding competitions are now open for 2017 entry:

Please click on the titles to expand for more information:

AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities Scholarships

Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 1 February 2017

Full PhD scholarships are available in History through the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Doctoral Training Partnership.

WRoCAH is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

Award Details: The WRoCAH studentships cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend (£14,296 in 2016/17). WRoCAH also offers an innovative and integrated programme of professional training for PhD students within a research culture founded upon our strong record of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional engagement. Postgraduate research students at the University of Sheffield will work in a supportive and collegial environment marked by stimulating research discussions and regular opportunities to present their findings and share their ideas.

Eligibility: Full details of eligibility are available through the WRoCAH website.

Applying: You should apply to WRoCAH funding through the WRoCAH website - please note that this is a separate process to funding applied for through the University. 

You will be able to save and return to your application and can make amendments up until the deadline. You must indicate when the final version of your application has been submitted and this must be done before the deadline for your application to be considered. 

Download the WRoCAH funding application grade descriptors here and view the applicant guidance notes here.

Please note that you can only apply for an AHRC studentship at one of the above universities.

University of Sheffield Scholarships - University Prize

Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 1 February 2017

Each year the University offers a small number of University Prize Scholarships to the very best PhD applicants. If you're among the brightest and best in your field, we want to hear from you.

Award Details: University Prize Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition fees (UK, EU or Overseas) and provide an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend of £20,000 as well as an annual Research Training Support Grant of £2,500.

Eligibility: These awards are open to UK, EU and Overseas applicants who are applying to study either full or part-time. 

Applying: You should complete the funding section of the course application form. This can be done at the same time as your course application or you can log back in later to add your funding details - you do not need to wait until you have received an offer.  Your supporting documents i.e. references and transcripts will form part of your funding application.

See the Arts and Humanities grade descriptors for guidance on application criteria.

Full eligibility and application information

University of Sheffield Scholarships - Faculty and Doctoral Academy Awards

Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 1 February 2017

The University of Sheffield invests a significant amount of funding each year in order to support the very best postgraduate research students. For entry in 2017-18, each Faculty is offering a number of Doctoral Academy and/or Faculty Scholarship awards on a competitive basis.

Award Details: The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers a range of Doctoral Academy Scholarships from fee/maintenance contributions to scholarships that cover full fees plus either a full or half maintenance stipend at the standard UK research council rate (£14,296 or £7,148 in 2016/17).

Eligibility: These awards are open to UK, EU and Overseas applicants who are applying to study either full or part-time.

Applying: You should complete the funding section of the course application form. This can be done at the same time as your course application or you can log back in later to add your funding details - you do not need to wait until you have received an offer. Your supporting documents i.e. references and transcripts will form part of your funding application.

See the Arts and Humanities grade descriptors for guidance on application criteria.

Full eligibility and application information

University of Sheffield Scholarships - Harry Worthington Awards

Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 1 February 2017

Two Harry Worthington Scholarships are available to applicants wishing to undertake doctoral study in any Faculty of the University for entry in 2017/18. These scholarships were founded under the will of Miss Doreen Worthington in memory of her father Harry, a local steel manufacturer, and are awarded to two outstanding new PhD applicants.

Award Details: Harry Worthington Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition fees (UK, EU or Overseas) and provide an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK research council rate (£14,296 in 2016/17).

Eligibility: These awards are open to UK, EU and Overseas applicants who are applying to study full-time.

Applying: You should complete the funding section of the course application form. This can be done at the same time as your course application or you can log back in later to add your funding details - you do not need to wait until you have received an offer. Your supporting documents i.e. references and transcripts will form part of your funding application.

See the Arts and Humanities grade descriptors for guidance on application criteria.

Full eligibility and application information

ESRC White Rose Social Science DTP Scholarships

Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 1 February 2017

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. At any one time, the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and research policy institutes.

The University is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Hull, Manchester Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships.

1+3 Studentships (4 year programme)

An integrated research Training Masters with a 3-year PhD programme. Students will undertake the MA in Social Research.

+3 Studentships (3 year programme)

For 3-year PhD study for candidates who have already completed an appropriate Masters degree or research training programme

Pathway awards: There are 40 interdisciplinary Pathway Awards available funded by the DTP at 50%, the remaining 50% will be covered by the University. These are available on a 1+3 (4 year) or +3 (3 year) basis (part-time or full-time), depending on the chosen pathway and previous social sciences research methods training. Pathways include: 1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL); 2. Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ); 3. Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY); 4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT); 5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC); 6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP) and 7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD).

Award Details: The ESRC Pathway Awards cover the full cost of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and provide an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK research council rate (£14,296 in 2016/17). As well as access to research training support grant funds to support conferences and other expenses.

Eligibility: These awards are only available to nationals from the UK and EU. EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.

Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) awards: These are available on a 1+3 (4 year) or +3 (3 year) basis (part-time or full-time), depending on previous social sciences research methods training, and are available to applicants who intend to use AQM in their project (in particular using large-scale datasets).

Award Details: The ESRC AQM Awards cover the full cost of tuition fees (UK, EU or Overseas) and provide an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK research council rate (£14,296 in 2016/17). As well as access to research training support grant funds to support conferences and other expenses.

Eligibility: The ESRC AQM Awards are open to UK, EU and Overseas applicants.

Applying: You should complete the funding section of the course application form. This can be done at the same time as your course application or you can log back in later to add your funding details - you do not need to wait until you have received an offer. Once you have selected ESRC funding at the top of the application form, you should choose 'ESRC DTP Pathway Award'; 'ESRC DTP Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Award' or 'ESRC DTP Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) and/or ESRC DTP Pathway Award' from the drop-down menu. Your supporting documents i.e. references and transcripts will form part of your funding application.

Full eligibility and application information

Hossein Farmy Scholarship

Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 1 February 2017

The Hossein Farmy Scholarship is available to students pursuing research relating to mining including historical aspects of mining and the mining industry.

Award Details: The Hossein Farmy Scholarship covers tuition fees at the standard UK rate and provides an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK research council rate (£14,296 in 2016/17).

Eligibility: This award is open to UK applicants who are applying to study full-time. Applicants should be pursuing a course of research relating to mining.

Applying: You should complete the funding section of the course application form. This can be done at the same time as your course application or you can log back in later to add your funding details - you do not need to wait until you have received an offer. Your supporting documents i.e. references and transcripts will form part of your funding application.

See the Arts and Humanities grade descriptors for guidance on application criteria.

Full eligibility and application information

China Scholarship Council

Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 1 February 2017

This scheme provides academically excellent Chinese students with the opportunity to study for a PhD at the University of Sheffield. The scholarships are supported jointly by the China Scholarship Council and the University of Sheffield.

Award Details: The China Scholarship will cover University tuition fees, a grant for living costs and one return flight from China to the UK.

Eligibility: This award is open to Chinese nationals who are ordinarily resident in mainland China and who are holding an unconditional offer to study full-time. You will need to demonstrate that your research fits with one of Sheffield's identified research priorities. 

Applying: You should complete the funding section of the course application form. This can be done at the same time as your course application or you can log back in later to add your funding details. You will need to be holding an unconditional offer ahead of the 1 February deadline, so should ensure that you apply in plenty of time. 

Full eligibility, research priority and application information