Experience Sheffield Scholarships – Clearing and Adjustment

We're offering 40 Experience Sheffield Scholarships worth £3,600 each. These awards are for Home fee-paying students starting their studies in September 2021 who accept an offer through Clearing and Adjustment or are late offer holders.



You must meet all of the criteria below to be eligible to apply:

  • Have a household income of £50,000 or less.
  • Be starting your undergraduate course at the University of Sheffield in September 2021.
  • Be eligible to pay the Home rate of fees.
  • Be offered a place through Clearing and Adjustment or have been made an offer after 14 April 2021.
  • Have not previously applied for the Experience Sheffield Scholarship for 2021 entry.

How to apply

To access the application form if you are an offer holder please use your Applicant Muse details. If you are waiting to receive an academic offer please log in to the form as an external candidate.

Applications will open here on Thursday 5 August 2021. 

The deadline to apply is 1pm on Monday 23 August 2021. All applicants will then be contacted regarding the outcome of their application by Wednesday 15 September 2021. 

Selection process

When assessing your application as well as your answers to the questions we will also take into account a number of widening participation criteria. The criteria we'll consider are listed below. 

Widening participation criteria
  • Have you entered the University through one of our outreach schemes?
  • Have you come from a school/college that is performing below the UK’s national average?
  • Are you the first person in your immediate family to go to university (other than siblings)?
  • Have you been in care as a looked-after child for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14?
  • Do you have a disability?
  • Are you a carer for an ill or disabled family member?
  • Are you from a black, Asian and minority ethnic group?
  • Are you a female applying for a course in the Department of Economics or Faculty of Engineering?
  • Are you a male applying for a course in the in the School of Nursing and Midwifery; Department of Human Communication Sciences; Department of Psychology; Department of Sociological Studies; the School of English, Department of Oncology and Metabolism or the School of Education.
  • Do you come from one of the more deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) database? If your postcode IMD value is 16,250 or less, you meet this criteria. You can check your postcode ranking using the IMD website. Please note this criteria only applies to students who live in England. 
  • Do you come from an area where it is not usual for people to go to university? This is defined by the government's classification called POLAR. To meet this criteria your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2 of POLAR3 or POLAR4. Please note this information only covers the UK. You can check your eligibility for this criteria using the government's POLAR database

To check your eligibility for the two postcode criteria above we'll use the home address you used on your UCAS form when you applied for your course.

If your application is successful, you will be required to provide a copy of your Student Finance Entitlement letter from Student Finance, confirming that you meet the relevant loan eligibility.

Selection panel

A selection panel consisting of senior academic and professional services staff will consider your scholarship application. When making their decision, the panel member will take into consideration the widening participation criteria you meet and also give regard to your answers within the application form. 

About funding for the Experience Sheffield Scholarships

The money for these scholarships is provided by donations from generous people, organisations and companies that want to support students. Many of the donors are alumni (former students) of the University of Sheffield.

If you receive an Experience Sheffield Scholarship you may be invited to relevant events during your studies at Sheffield.

Experience Sheffield Scholarships: FAQs

I'm not sure what my household income is, can I apply?

Yes, you are welcome to apply. However, if you are awarded the scholarship this will be conditional on you confirming your household income is £50,000 or less and providing evidence where necessary.

I live/lived in the EU, can I apply?

Students who live or lived in the EU and meet all of the criteria listed above are welcome to apply for an Experience Sheffield Scholarship. You can find out if you'll be eligible for Home fee status in our fee status guidance.

Eligible students who live or lived in the EU, who are not eligible to receive a Maintenance Loan from Student Finance, will be asked to provide evidence to confirm their household income.

Can international students apply?

No, you need to be eligible to pay the Home rate fees for your course to apply.

How will you check my household income?

If you have applied for a means-tested assessment by Student Finance, and give consent to share your information with us, we will be able to automatically confirm your household income.

If you are not eligible to apply for means-tested support from Student Finance please contact us to discuss what evidence you can provide to confirm your household income.

Further information
  • For your application to be considered you must have submitted your application to UCAS by the scholarship application deadline.
  • Scholarships will be paid directly into your bank account in 2 instalments of £600 per level of study, for up to 3 years.
  • As a scholarship recipient you will be closely involved with our fund raising work and you can help provide our donors with a greater understanding of what it is like to be a Sheffield student. At the end of each academic year you will be asked to provide a short report outlining the past year and how the scholarship has helped you.
  • Successful recipients will be invited to attend an annual 'thank you' event at which you can meet donors and other scholarship recipients. We will not share any personal details about you with donors without your prior consent.
  • If you withdraw from the University part of all of the scholarship may be repayable. If you take a period of leave of absence your scholarship may be suspended.

Elite Sports Performance Scholarship

Our sports scholarships are for students who compete at an elite level in their sport. Applications are open for undergraduate students who have been offered a place on a course through Clearing or Adjustment.

Applications will open here on Thursday 5 August 2021

The deadline to apply is 1pm on Monday 23 August 2021.

Further information is available from the Sport Sheffield Elite Sports web page.

Fees and Funding Team

For specific questions about fees, bursaries, scholarships and financial support, get in touch: funding@sheffield.ac.uk

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