Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

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The University of Sheffield is offering a number of Postgraduate Taught Scholarships to self funded full and part time students who are liable to pay fees at the home rate and starting their studies in 2014.  You do not need to wait for your undergraduate degree classification to apply for a scholarship.

This is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative aimed at removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups such as those from low income backgrounds and who wouldn’t ordinarily consider going onto postgraduate study for reasons such as access to finance, have caring responsibilities or who come from areas where it is not usual to go to university at all. The University welcomes applications from recent graduates and students who graduated several years ago.  Each applicant will be considered for all awards that are applicable but will only be eligible to receive one.

Eligibility for Faculty Scholarships

Applicants must meet one or more of the following widening participation criteria: (this does not apply to the Faculty of Engineering Scholarships)

  • Entered University from a Care background.
  • Carer for an ill or disabled family member.
  • Have been in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance or are registered disabled.
  • Were in receipt of a Maintenance Grant whilst an undergraduate.
  • Come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. For more information about your postcode IMD NB. this information only covers England and the postcode we will use is that of your home address in your last year of school or college.

Additional considerations:

The Faculty of Engineering aim to increase the number of women studying at postgraduate taught level and as such their scholarships are only for female applicants. Male graduates of the University of Sheffield can apply for the Benefactors Scholarships if they meet the criteria.

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities aim to increase the number of Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) students studying at postgraduate taught level.

Only PGDE applicants who are not entitled to receive the Initial Teacher (ITT) training bursary are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the University.  Any award made will not be HEFCE funded.

Faculty Scholarships

Open to all Home/EU applicants

Each faculty are offering a variety of scholarships depending on the course you are studying.  Please see the links below for a list of eligible courses.

Arts & Humanities 

8 scholarships of up to £10,000 each.


A number of full-fee scholarships for female graduates who did not study engineering at undergraduate level.

Medicine, Dentistry & Health

8 scholarships of up to £10,000 each.


A number of scholarships worth up to £10,000 each.

Social Science

28 fee scholarships across the faculty and a further 10 awards of up to £10,350 for law courses. The Faculty also has a fund dedicated to supporting successful candidates with their additional costs. We expect eligible students will receive up to £3,500 in addition to their scholarship.

Benefactors Scholarships

20 awards each worth £7,500 available to University of Sheffield graduates

If you’re a current Sheffield student or a graduate of the University, and you received a maintenance grant for your undergraduate degree, you can apply. These scholarships aren’t course-specific. All taught postgraduate courses are eligible. The money can be used towards tuition fees and living costs.

Application Process

The application deadline has now closed for 2014.

Please complete the scholarship application form paying careful attention to the evidence you are required to provide to support your application.  You are also required to complete a Money Plan and submit this with your application to

Selection Process

Each application will be considered by a panel of senior University staff and their decision will be final.  Taking in to account your personal and academic information, the panel will also be looking at your personal statement, in particular:

  • Applicant has provided a clear rationale for applying for a postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield.
  • Applicant has outlined personal circumstances that have presented a challenge to academic progress and has detailed how any barriers have been overcome successfully.
  • Applicant has identified clearly how the scholarship will be beneficial to her/his student experience.
  • Applicant has clearly articulated future ambitions; these goals relate to the postgraduate degree he/she has applied for, and they involve appropriate and credible contribution from which others will benefit.

If you have any questions regarding the schemes please contact

Alumni Reward

Graduates of the University could also receive a discount on fees, for more information Alumni Reward

Other Funding

Find out about other postgraduate funding opportunities

Postgraduate Taught Fees Look Up

You can look up fees for full time Postgraduate Taught Programmes by Department name, or by partial programme name/programme code.