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Fees and Funding

The University provides information on tuition fees for PhD courses.

Scholarship Opportunities

Funding opportunities for doctoral study are available on a competitive basis each year. The application deadline for all scholarships listed here is normally at the beginning of February and successful applicants will be informed in mid April.

To make an application for a scholarship, candidates must have already have applied to the School of Architecture and had an offer to study for a PhD (but not started). Applications to study for a PhD can be made at any time. Please be aware that some PhD applications take time to assess and our advice would be to apply early.

Brief details of our Scholarships are provided below.

Faculty of Social Sciences Scholarships

The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a range of PhD scholarships for 2018/19 entry. These include ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership and Faculty Doctoral Academy scholarships. We strongly encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative PhD applications in the following broad areas:

Cities, Environment and Liveability
Security, Conflict and Justice
Education Childhood and Youth
Data, Communication and New Technologies
Wellbeing, Health and Communities
Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity
Civil Society, Development and Democracy

Our scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fees
  • An annual stipend to cover living expenses equivalent to UK Research Council rates
  • Research Training Support Grant

All scholarships are available as a +3 (PhD) or a 1+3 (Masters and PhD), as well as on a full- or part-time basis.


Our Doctoral Academy scholarships are open to applicants of any nationality and in any discipline within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Most ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants; there may be limited opportunities for overseas students, and all applicants should check ESRC White Rose DTP guidance before making an application.

To apply for Masters and PhD funding, you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a first or upper second class honours degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience

To apply for PhD funding, you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a Merit or Distinction in a Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience

All our scholarships can be held in any department within the Faculty. Initial enquiries should be made directly to the academic department in which you wish to study.


We offer an outstanding academic environment for our PhD students. We provide an interdisciplinary research experience and advanced training to all our PhD students, regardless of scholarship funding source. There are extensive training opportunities within the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, which is led by University of Sheffield. Further information about our Social Sciences Doctoral Training.

There are also opportunities for three month internships with public, private and voluntary organisations which enable students to apply their research skills to a more practical environment. Previous students have benefited from internships at organisations such as the Department of Work and Pensions and Oxfam.

Timescales and how to apply

Applications can be made from 1 November 2016. The deadline for scholarship applications is 5.00pm on 24 January 2017. Information on the scholarship application process can be found here.

University Prize Scholarships

Each year the University offers a small number of prize scholarships to the very best PhD applicants. These scholarships pay full tuition fees, a maintenance stipend and a Research Training Support Grant. Applications come initially to the School of Architecture, where a panel decides which applications to put forward to the University Panel for consideration.

Find out more

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