Fees and funding

PhD Scholarships 2018

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The Department of Economics has a PhD Scholarships for s new PhD student starting in September 2018.

PhD Scholarship - Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER)

The Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) is a research institution, funded by the UK government’s Department for Education. You will join the CVER research team at the University of Sheffield, led by Professor Steven McIntosh.

Your PhD research will combine education economics and applied microeconometrics, making use of large scale administrative data from learners, education and training providers, and businesses. The research must have a focus on vocational education.

Applicants must have successfully completed, or be close to completing, an MSc degree in Economics, or a Masters degree with a high Economics content, from a UK university or have a comparable international qualification from a recognised institute of higher education.

Applicants should have experience of data handling and microeconometric methods, preferably using STATA. Some familiarity with the academic literature and policy in the area of UK vocational education is strongly desirable, though not essential.

The successful applicant will have their full PhD tuition fees paid at the appropriate rate for 3 years starting from the 2018/19 academic session and will also receive an annual maintenance stipend at the standard UK Research Council rate (£14,777 for 2018/19).

How to apply

To apply for the scholarship candidates should complete an application form for admission as a PhD student through the University of Sheffield website.

Postgraduate online application form

Candidates should indicate on the application form under Funding Source details that they wish to be considered for the ‘CVER Scholarship’.

Applications should include a CV including academic record (max. 2 pages); supporting statement (max. 2 pages); academic transcripts; two references and a short (max. 2 pages) summary of a research project that you have undertaken, for example a Masters dissertation.

The summary should include a discussion of the methodology used, the results and the implications of the findings. An English language proficiency certificate should be included by applicants whose first language is not English; the minimum requirement is IELTS 6.5 with no component less than 6.0, or equivalent.

Note that there is no need to provide a research proposal with this application. The exact topic of your research within the area of vocational education will be discussed and agreed after you start.

For further details about the application procedure please contact Emily White.

Closing date is 12 noon on Monday 16 July 2018.

Expected interview date: 23rd July 2018.


The University provide general information on feed and funding for PhD students.

Information and guidance on fees and funding

Information on the tuition fees currently charged by the university to PhD students can be found on the University's Student Services website.

Research tuition fees

The amount of fees paid depends on whether you are classified as a home or an overseas student. The University's webpages provide information on the criteria used to make this classification.

Home and overseas fee status

Continuation/write up fee

If you go beyond your normal period of registration (3-years) and require more time to write-up your research, a continuation fee is charged instead of a tuition fee. You are required to pay the continuation fee at the beginning of your writing up year and will be refunded any overpayment, on a pro rata basis, if you submit before the end of the 12 month period

There are a number of additional fees which could apply to you throughout your studies depending on your circumstances.

Additional fees

Additional costs

There are no mandatory additional costs that economics PhD students can expect to incur during their course.

During their studies PhD students may want to purchase equipment, present their research at conferences and undertake additional training. 

All PhD students are eligible to apply for funding from the postgraduate research support fund.