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£4,120 £15,250 TBC £16,000


More information on PhD costs and sources of funding can be found on our central University webpage.

You can view information regarding our Tuition Fee Refund Policy here.

Each year there is a range of bursaries and awards/ scholarships for students; however, these change year by year and there is a high level of competition for them.

Scholarships: Now Closed for 2017/18

Applications now closed for 2017/18


Faculty of Social Sciences Scholarships

The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a range of PhD scholarships for 2017/18 entry. These include Doctoral Academy scholarships, with further scholarships likely to be available through the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership competition.

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

Scholarships may be 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 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
• 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:

Applying for a PhD Scholarship in the School of Education

Please Read: Applying for a PhD Scholarship in the School of Education

For entry 2017/18

The School of Education is pleased to support applications for postgraduate scholarships towards PhD study. We will be supporting applications for a scholarship competition from suitable students who wish to pursue doctoral study through the following routes:

• The University of Sheffield PhD University Prize and Doctoral Academy Awards Scholarship Competition
• The ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) PhD Scholarship Competition (Pathway and interdisciplinary awards)

We welcome and would be happy to support any topic related to Education provided that there is a good match with supervisory expertise, and more generally with the School’s research portfolio. We strongly recommend that prospective applicants familiarise themselves with our research specialisms in order to identify a suitable prospective supervisor well in advance of application and include the name of the relevant member of staff who has agreed to serve as potential supervisor in the application form. Seeking support from prospective supervisors in the School of Education can help in the preparation of your research proposal.

Award details

The awards may include:
• Fees (UK/EU or overseas) and a full stipend at the estimated RCUK rate (£14,496 per annum for 2017-18)
• Fees (UK/EU or overseas) and half stipend (estimate: £7,228 per annum for 2017-18)
• Fees only (UK/EU or overseas) estimate: £4,179 per annum for 2017-18
• A contribution towards fees or living expenses


• Awards are open to UK, EU and International applicants. International applicants who may receive UK level fees will need to fund the remainder. They will also need to satisfy the School’s English language requirements for postgraduate study.
• Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent, and/or a Distinction in a related Masters degree.
• Applicants should apply to start their first year of study on a full-time or part-time PhD with the University in the 2017-18 academic year, usually in October, but the exact start date to be agreed with the supervisor.
• Residency and eligibility for funding requirements apply: visit the website to find out more.

How to apply

Applications can be made from 1 November 2016. The deadline for scholarship applications is 5.00pm on 1 February 2017 (UK Time).

There is a process to follow in order to meet the closing date, so please read carefully.

• Applicants will first need to make a formal application for post-graduate research study by Monday 9 January at the latest so that we can process the application. This application must be made to the generic PhD application system
• Once you have completed your study application, and provided that your start date is after 1/9/16, you will be able to complete a scholarship application via the application system. Look for the 'Scholarship Application' under Part 2 Course Applications, Research Course applications. Please complete and submit the online Application Form for University Scholarships by 5.00pm on 1 February 2017 (UK Time).If you need to make any changes to your scholarship application once you have submitted it, please email

The following documents are required for your study application:

• a research proposal. Proposals exceeding the specified word length will not be considered. We strongly recommend that you discuss the content of your research proposal with your prospective supervisor. Indicatively, we would expect the outline of your research proposal to present the aim and objectives of the research, key research questions, the context for the research, initial ideas on the research methodology, potential contribution to knowledge, interdisciplinary features, innovative theoretical or methodological stance and potential impact
• a CV, with details about: a) your nationality and your country of normal residence. Please also detail the dates and locations of any extended periods (excluding holidays) that you have spent living or working outside of your normal country of residence; b) the institutions you have attended (or are attending) and the courses you have taken; c) information about any employment, work or professional experience relevant to your proposed programme of study
• a supportive statement of 250 words describing how your motivation, skills and achievements demonstrate potential to engage in and complete a worthwhile doctorate.
• two academic references.

For administrative enquiries, please email or with the title 'PhD Scholarship'. For academic enquiries related to your research proposal and supervision matters, please email Dr Chris Winter (

The closing date for these scholarship applications is 1st February 2017 at 17:00 UK Time.

Successful students will be sent an award letter by email from Research and Innovation Services by the end of end of April 2017. Successful applicants will be required to accept their award by completing a simple online form within two weeks of the offer letter being emailed.


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.

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 1 February 2017 (UK Time). More 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 Education through the process described in 'Applying for a PhD Scholarship in the School of Education' (above), where a panel decides which applications to put forward to the University Panel for consideration.