Postgraduate Funding

The costs of postgraduate funding include fees and maintenance during the course. Many postgraduate students fund their own studies, and some choose to study part-time while in paid employment.

There are two main sources of funding for postgraduate study, both of which are limited and therefore extremely competitive. External sources of funding come from private grant-giving bodies and charities and can be sourced through publications and websites such as Directgov (see right hand link). Internal sources of funding can be found via the University of Sheffield Postgraduate Funding webpages (see right hand link).

Applicants need to have applied and been offered a place to study at Sheffield before submitting an application for funding. Full information on individual schemes, and application forms, are available from the right hand links.

AHRC Studentships

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded the University of Sheffield a number of studentships in specified subject areas and for specified schemes (Research Preparation Masters, Professional Preparation Masters and Doctoral). AHRC funded studentships are now available through the AHRC Block Grant Partnership (BGP).

Through the BGP, the University is now awarding studentships to prospective postgraduate students on a competitive basis and subject to AHRC approval. EU nationals accepted to study on programmes and in subject areas for which BGP studentships have been allocated will be eligible for nomination to AHRC. We will confirm when music is next due to receive an allocation.

Please note that in order to be considered for an AHRC studentship, you must first apply to the University for admission to an appropriate programme of study.

For further details, including the subject areas covered, please see