Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Applications for 2016/17 scholarships are now closed

The University of Sheffield has been selected once again to host Wolfson Scholars for the forthcoming academic year, and has been offered substantial grant to enhance postgraduate research, thanks to the Wolfson Foundation, a charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health, education, and the arts and humanities.

Sheffield is one of only nine universities across the UK selected to take part in a funding programme of postgraduate scholarships. Sheffield has been selected due to its track record in research excellence and proven success in attracting promising postgraduate students. The Wolfson Foundation has awarded three scholarships for 2016-17.

You can read about some of our current Wolfson Scholars on our current scholarship holders page and find out more about their work via twitter @wolfsonsheff

The Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships will be available in the broad subject areas of history, literature and languages. The scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on one of these fields and to be future academic leaders. They will be awarded solely on merit to students aspiring to an academic career.

The Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships pay £27,666 per year to cover tuition fees, a Research Training Support Grant and a maintenance stipend.

These scholarships fund up to three years full-time or six years part-time study, subject to satisfactory progress. Part-time studentships will be paid at 50% of the full-time rate.

Full time students are expected to complete in three years and part time students in up to 6 years.


  • You should have an outstanding academic record, usually including a first class undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in a field of study relevant to your research (or equivalent qualifications).
  • You should be applying to start your first year of study on a full-time or part-time PhD with the University in the 2016-17 academic year (i.e. after 1st September 2016, exact start date to be agreed with your supervisor/ department) on a project which falls into one of the broad categories of history, literature or languages.
  • Awards are open to UK, EU and international applicants. Deduction of the appropriate fee will be taken from the award.

How to apply

Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis - applications are assessed on the basis of academic success and qualifications, experience, research background, a clear well-articulated research proposal, the potential impact of the research and a good match with supervisor/ departmental expertise.

Application for 2016-17 entry are now open via the postgraduate application system.

You must apply for admission before your scholarship application will be considered. To apply for admission please click here.

The closing date for Wolfson Postgraduate scholarship applications is Tuesday 2nd February 2016 at 17.00. Late applications will not be accepted in any circumstances.

Further Information

If you have any questions please see our FAQs or email pgr-scholarships@sheffield.ac.uk.