Funding support

The Department of Archaeology benefits from a number of grants and scholarships to support your learning or research.

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Postgraduate funding

Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships

The University of Sheffield is offering 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home students starting a taught postgraduate course in 2023. The scholarships are for students who meet at least one of our widening participation criteria and/or students who achieve a first in their undergraduate degree. This scheme is now open and offer holders are being invited to apply.

International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarships 2023

125 scholarships worth 25% of tuition fees of a postgraduate taught degree. This scheme is now open and offer holders are being invited to apply.

International Postgraduate Scholarship 2023

The scholarship is worth £2,000 for courses in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Faculty of Social Sciences and £2,500 for courses in the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health, and Faculty of Science for students from selected regions.  No applications are required, but students must accept an offer by a given date.

Sanctuary Scholarships

The University of Sheffield offers Sanctuary Scholarships for those who have sought refuge in the UK due to a conflict in their home country, or have another reason for their forced migration to the UK. Due to launch in early 2023.

Aziz Foundation PGT Home Scholarships for British Muslim students

This scholarship is a full tuition fee scholarship that offers financial and professional support to British Muslims who are dedicated to bringing positive change to society.

The postgraduate scholarships are for students with career aspirations in media and journalism, technology, sustainability and the environment, law, policy (excluding health policy) and creative content.

Elite Sports Elite Sports Performance Scheme (ESPS)

The Elite Sports Elite Sports Performance Scheme (ESPS) aims to help elite level athletes at The University of Sheffield maintain their sporting success alongside their course. This scheme will open in early 2023.

Alumni Rewards 

Our graduates can take advantage of a discount on tuition fees thanks to our Alumni Rewards Scheme.

The Marek Zvelebil Scholarship for Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology

A £1,000 scholarship providing support to an excellent UK / EU /Overseas student applying to study for the MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology. The scholarship is named in honour of the late Professor Zvelebil, who began his career in Sheffield as a BA Archaeology student and was an influential member of academic staff from 1981 until his death in 2011.

Each year, applicants who hold an offer of a place to commence their studies in September by 1st June will be automatically considered for this award. The successful candidate will be contacted in July.

Fulbright Scholarship (US citizens only)

The University of Sheffield is a recognised institution for the Fulbright Scholarship. The All Disciplines Award can be applied to any master's or doctoral degree at any recognised UK university, as well as for independent research projects. Find out more.

Marshall Scholarships (US citizens only)

Up to 40 scholarships are awarded each year, covering tuition fees and a stipend plus other benefits. Visit the Marshall Scholarships website

Derrick Riley Bursary

The Derrick Riley Fund was established in 1994 to foster and support the study of aerial archaeology by young scholars. It provides grants to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UK and overseas to fund research and further training in aerial archaeology. Find more information and the form here.

PhD funding

PhD scholarships

PhD scholarships available for UK and International students. Find out more

Andrew Sherratt Fund

The Department of Archaeology now invites applications for grants from the Fund for use in 2023. Applications can be for amounts up to £1,000, and should be received by the deadline of 31st March 2023. Find out more

WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Right Up My Street: A place-based approach to the cultural heritage dimension of street names

Deadline for expressions of interest: 12 noon Wednesday 6 March 2024

AHRC WRoCAH funded Collaborative Doctoral Award based in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield, with Sheffield City Council starting on 1 October 2024.

Project Summary

Street names communicate place-based legacies of power and civic identity. This project will examine colonial legacies of street names by exploring the interdisciplinary heritage context of street naming and examining responses to contested street names. It will develop a theoretical and methodological framework for the study of street names as cultural heritage, advance a strategy for communicating their heritage value and generate implementable objectives for policymakers.

The successful student will work with cultural heritage specialists at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Council (SCC). They will also join Roots and Futures - a place-based project which aims to elevate the voices of people underserved by heritage policy and practice in Sheffield.  The partnership will include an extended placement with the SCC Economy, Skills and Culture department, to explore ways of communicating street name legacy in Sheffield.

Full project details are available on the WRoCAH website.

Award details

Studentships for doctoral research are 40 months in duration for full-time study. Awards are subject to satisfactory academic progress. Awards must be taken up in October 2024; no deferrals are possible. Awards will comprise fees at Research Council rates and a maintenance grant (£18,622 in 2023/24). The grant pays the fees at the Home/UK rate; international students are, however, eligible to apply for this Studentship and the difference between the Home/UK and International fee will be met by the University of Sheffield for a successful international applicant.

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit to WRoCAH an Expression of Interest via this form.  Submissions must include a CV and covering letter.

For more information about this project please contact:

Professor Lizzy Craig-Atkins

Dr Katherine Fennelly

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