Scholarships and fees

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Applications for the 2024/25 academic year are now open for departmental scholarships providing maintenance and tuition fees. These will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and research potential.

2024-2025 scholarships and funding

The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a range of PhD scholarships. These include ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Departmental and Faculty scholarships. These scholarships can cover:

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


Most scholarships are open to UK and overseas students. All applicants should check guidance before making an application.  For all enquiries please email


More information

China Scholarship Council

Applications for the Sheffield–China Scholarships Council PhD Scholarship Programme for 2024 are now open.

This scheme provides academically excellent Chinese students with the opportunity to study for a PhD at the University of Sheffield. The scholarships are supported jointly by the China Scholarship Council and the University of Sheffield.

More information about CSC and how to apply

More information about CSC and how to apply

How to apply

You must have applied for a place to study at the University ideally no later than the 15th of January 2024 to be considered for a PhD scholarship application. We strongly recommend that you have contacted and made an application for a place to study with the Department of Economics by the end of December 2023.

You should discuss the most appropriate scholarship for you with your potential supervisors and the Directors of the PhD programme once you have an offer of study. Scholarships are very competitive, and your application will need to be tailored to the most appropriate source.

There are also different routes for scholarship applications, and your supervisors will be able to advise once you have established the most appropriate scholarship application for you.

The main scholarships competition in the University opens in November 2023. Decisions are made and communicated to applicants between the end of February to the end of April 2024, depending on the scheme.

PhD research topics

Please see our PhD research topics page which are specialities of our research-active staff. We would particularly welcome applications in these research areas.

PhD research topics


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