Postgraduate Research Scholarships FAQs

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When can I apply for a scholarship?
I've missed the scholarship application deadline - what can I do?
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
Which scholarships am I eligible for?
I want to study part-time, can I apply for a scholarship?
I am a student from an EU country, which scholarships can I apply for?
I am an International student, which scholarships can I apply for?
I am a current PhD student at Sheffield, can I apply for a scholarship?
I want to study for a Masters, can I apply for a scholarship?
I am applying for Undergraduate study, can I apply for a scholarship?
I want to study abroad as part of my PhD, can I apply for a scholarship?
I am studying at another institution but want to visit the University of Sheffield as part of my studies, can I get any financial support?
I have a place at another University, can I apply to you for funding?
Where else can I look for postgraduate funding?
When will I find out if I have been successful in gaining a scholarship award?
I have another query not listed here, who can I contact?

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Please check the information on each scholarship for details of how to apply. We recommend that you discuss your research plans with the academic department/ supervisor before applying and you will need to apply for admission to the University before applying for a scholarship. 

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship for PhD studies in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, please visit their website first at www.sheffield.ac.uk/faculty/medicine-dentistry-health/graduateschool/prospectivepg/scholarship_guidance. Please note that applications for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health have now closed. Any questions need to be addressed to the relevant academic department.

You do not have to have a confirmed offer before applying.

When can I apply for a scholarship?

Applications for 2016-17 entry are now open. The deadline for applications is 5pm Tuesday 2nd February 2016.  We advise you to apply as early as you can within this period. After the February deadline there are limited scholarship opportunities available.

I've missed the scholarship application deadline - what can I do?

In order to maintain a fair and transparent process, and ensure that funding is allocated in good time, we cannot accept late applications for the scholarship schemes. If you have missed the deadline for the main University scholarship applications, we advise you to look into external funding sources which may have later deadlines. You should also speak to the academic department you've applied to, who may be able to advise you on other sources of funding. If you have been offered a place at the University, the final option is to consider deferring your entry until the next academic year - you should discuss this with your department/ supervisor.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

You can apply for any number of scholarships for which you are eligible. It is a good idea to apply for as many scholarships as you can, to increase your chances of gaining funding. Some scholarships have restrictions on whether you can hold other awards at the same time, so if you are successful in gaining more than one scholarship, you should check whether you can accept both or need to choose between them.

Which scholarships am I eligible for?

Our website divides scholarships into those available to UK, EU and Overseas students. Some scholarships are for specific subject areas, or have other eligibility criteria, so you should check the details of each scholarship to ensure that you are eligible before applying. If you are unsure about your fee status as a UK, EU or Overseas student, you should liaise with Admissions as soon as possible in order to verify this so we can consider you for all relevant scholarships - please see the Fee Status web pages for more information on fee status. If you are still unsure about your eligibility, please email the Scholarships Team at pgr-scholarships@sheffield.ac.uk for advice.

I want to study part-time, can I apply for a scholarship?

Most scholarships are available for both full- and part-time study, but you should check the details of the scholarship(s) you wish to apply for.

I am a student from an EU country, which scholarships can I apply for?

Scholarships available to EU students are listed on our EU Applicants page and you should also check the PhD Projects Directory as many of these projects are open to EU applicants.

I am an International student, which scholarships can I apply for?

Scholarships available to International students are listed on our International Applicants page and you should also check the PhD Projects Directory as some projects are open to International applicants. There is further information on funding for International students on the SSiD web pages.

I am a current PhD student at Sheffield, can I apply for a scholarship?

The majority of University and Research Council PhD scholarship schemes are only open to new applicants who have not yet started their PhD. Please check the details of each scholarship scheme - the eligibility criteria will tell you whether you can apply as a current student.

Some external funding bodies will accept applications from students who are part-way through a PhD. You will need to check the details of each funding scheme to see if you are eligible.

I want to study for a Masters, can I apply for a scholarship?

The main information source for Masters funding is the postgraduate taught courses web pages. AHRC, ESRC and MRC offer some funding for Masters programmes in their subject areas. There is also limited funding available from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities for Masters in their subjects. Some other external funders also offer support for Masters courses.

I am applying for Undergraduate study, can I apply for a scholarship?

The scholarships on these web pages are for Postgraduate Research students - mainly PhDs with some awards for Masters courses. Please see the Undergraduate information pages for advice on Undergraduate funding.

I want to study abroad as part of my PhD, can I apply for a scholarship?

Many students spend time abroad as part of their PhD. Some scholarships include the possibility of additional funding for study visits abroad – please see the information on each scholarship for details. For some subjects, we offer the prestigious A*Star scholarship scheme, where students spend two years at a Research Institute in Singapore.

I am studying at another institution but want to visit the University of Sheffield as part of my studies, can I get any financial support?

If you are at an institution in another country, you may be able to get support from the ‘Study Abroad’ programme. Otherwise you should speak to your own institution and the department you wish to visit at Sheffield to find out if there is any support available.

I have a place at another University, can I apply to you for funding?

No - we only provide scholarships for students studying at the University of Sheffield.

Where else can I look for postgraduate funding?

As well as the scholarships listed on our web pages, we provide a list of external funding bodies and scholarship search pages which you can use to look for other funders. There is further information on the SSiD pages and we also recommend that you speak to the academic department you are applying to, as they may be able to advise you about other funding opportunities.

When will I find out if I have been successful in gaining a scholarship award?

This varies between the different schemes. For scholarships administered by the University, we will indicate on the website when you can expect to hear if you have been successful. We understand that you want and need to know the outcome as soon as possible, and will do our best to make decisions quickly and keep you informed.

If you have any other queries, please email the Scholarships Team at pgr-scholarships@sheffield.ac.uk

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