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Full and partial scholarships available for UK, EU and International Students for PhD Study.

Steps for applying for funding

1. Get in touch with the member of staff or academic department you are hoping to work with before you begin. They will be able to discuss your research proposal with you and offer advice on your application.

2. Apply to the PhD programme before making a funding application. You will find essential information on how to apply here.

3. Apply for your chosen form of funding using the relevant application process. These may vary between different schemes so please check carefully the information for each source of funding (below). You do not need to have received an offer (except the China Scholarship Awards) before you submit your funding application but you will need an application number.

PhD Scholarships and Funding for 2017 entry

AHRC White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities Scholarships

Deadline: Applications now closed
Full PhD scholarships are available through the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Doctoral Training Partnership.
WRoCAH is an AHRC-funded consortium of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York which has secured in excess of £19 million of funding for this new initiative, now in its third year, with the institutions themselves providing a further £4 million of additional investment. The Doctoral Training Partnership award will allow the White Rose College to recruit, educate and train more than 300 fully-funded doctoral students over five years, with the first cohort starting in autumn 2014.

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. Each year WRoCAH is able to offer around 50 AHRC-studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds or York in all subject areas.

Award Details: The WRoCAH studentships cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend. WRoCAH also offers an innovative and integrated programme of professional training for PhD students within a research culture founded upon our strong record of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional engagement. Postgraduate research students at the University of Sheffield will work in a supportive and collegial environment marked by stimulating research discussions and regular opportunities to present their findings and share their ideas.

Eligibility: Full details of eligibility and the studentship application form are available through the WRoCAH website.

Applying: You should apply to WRoCAH funding through the WRoCAH website - please note that this is a separate process to funding applied for through the University.

University of Sheffield Scholarships - University Prize

Deadline: Applications now closed
Each year the University offers a small number of University Prize Scholarships to the very best PhD applicants. If you're among the brightest and best in your field, we want to hear from you.

Award Details: University Prize Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition fees (UK, EU or International and provide an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend of £20,000 as well as an annual Research Training Support Grant of £2,500.

Eligibility: These awards are open to UK, EU and International applicants who are applying to study either full or part-time.

Applying: You should complete the funding section of the online postgraduate application form. This can be done at the same time as your course application or you can log back in later to add your funding details - you do not need to wait until you have received an offer. Your supporting documents i.e. references and transcripts will form part of your funding application.

Full details of the University Prize Scholarships, eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

University of Sheffield Scholarships - Faculty and  Doctoral Academy Awards

Deadline:  Applications now closed
The University of Sheffield invests a significant amount of funding each year in order to support the very best postgraduate research students. For entry in 2017-18, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is offering a number of Doctoral Academy Scholarship awards.

Award Details: The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers a range of Doctoral Academy Scholarships ranging from fees only scholarships to scholarships that cover full fees plus either a full or half maintenance stipend at the standard UK research council rate.

Eligibility: These awards are open to UK, EU and International applicants who are applying to study either full or part-time.

Applying: You should complete the funding section of the online postgraduate application form. This can be done at the same time as your course application or you can log back in later to add your funding details - you do not need to wait until you have received an offer. Your supporting documents i.e. references and transcripts will form part of your funding application.

Full details of the Doctoral Academy Scholarships, eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

Hossein Farmy Scholarship

Deadline:  Applications now closed
The Hossein Farmy Scholarship is available for entry in 2017-18 for students pursuing research relating to mining including historical aspects of mining and the mining industry.

Award Details: The Hossein Farmy Scholarship covers tuition fees at the standard UK rate and provides an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK research council rate.

Eligibility: This award is open to UK applicants who are applying to study full-time. Applicants should be pursuing a course of research relating to mining.

Applying: You should complete the funding section of the online postgraduate application form. This can be done at the same time as your course application or you can log back in later to add your funding details - you do not need to wait until you have received an offer. Your supporting documents i.e. references and transcripts will form part of your funding application.

Full details of the Hossein Farmy scholarship, eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

China Scholarship Council

Deadline:  Applications now closed
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.

Award details: The scholarship will cover University tuition fees, a grant for living costs and one return flight from China to the UK. Funding for each award will be up to 48 months. Successful candidates will be expected to have submitted their thesis and defended it via oral examination by month 48.

Eligibility: You must be applying to start a new full-time PhD programme at Sheffield.
You must be a national of and ordinarily resident in mainland China (not including Hong Kong or Macau). You must also be intending to return to China once your programme is completed. You will require an unconditional offer from the University of Sheffield so will be required to meet both academic and English language criteria.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, and the fit of the applicant’s proposed research programme with Sheffield’s identified research priorities:

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and the bioeconomy
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • The changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  • Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of citizens

Candidates should be intending to pursue research in one of the priority academic areas identified by Sheffield and CSC. However, applicants to other study/research areas will also be considered subject to the availability of relevant programmes of study at Sheffield.

Applying:
You must first apply for postgraduate research at Sheffield. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must have an unconditional offer in place before the 1st February 2017 deadline.

Apply for a scholarship from Sheffield by completing the funding section of the online postgraduate application form. This can be done at the same time as your course application or you can log back in later to add your funding details - you do not need to wait until you have received an offer. Your supporting documents i.e. references and transcripts will form part of your funding application.

Apply to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for this scholarship. Please review the CSC's Scheme introduction and Making an application webpages for more information.
Applicants must be successful with applications to Sheffield and to the CSC in order to be accepted on this scholarship programme.

Full details can be found here

Other Funding Bodies

Many charities, foundations and trusts provide funding for postgraduate study, from small grants to full scholarships. Some are in specific subject areas while others have more general eligibility criteria. Please see our external funding page for a list of funding bodies and search sites which may help you to find other scholarships.

PhD Project Funding

PhD projects are available throughout the year, many of which are funded. Currently available projects are advertised in the PhD projects directory.

International Students

Please note that international students are eligible to apply for many of the PhD scholarships listed above. Check the eligibility criteria for each section to see if you can apply. 

International Students Alumni Rewards

Rewards worth £1,500 per year of study are available for all University of Sheffield graduates and siblings, spouses, sons and daughters of University of Sheffield graduates for all years of study. An additional £500 is available for University of Sheffield graduates who have received a first class honours undergraduate degree.

Students must be self-funding and classified as overseas for fee purposes. Find out more here.

Questions about PhD scholarships?

Get in touch with the postgraduate admissions teams in the relevant department.
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You can find out answers to commonly asked questions here.

Masters Funding

PGT scholarships

Masters Funding for Arts & Humanities for 2017 entry.

Applications for WRoCAH Masters Studentships and the Faculty Arts and Humanities Masters Scholarships for 2017 are NOW CLOSED.

AHRC White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities Masters Scholarships

Deadline: Applications now closed

The University of Sheffield is part of the AHRC-funded White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) with the Universities of Leeds and York. Each University in this network offers WRoCAH Masters studentships for students undertaking taught or research-based Masters programmes, but who aspire to complete a doctoral research degree on successfully completing their Masters.

Eligibility: WRoCAH is providing 2 fully funded studentships (Home/ EU fees and stipend (£14,553 for 2017/18) to eligible Home/ EU students. There are also a further 8 fee scholarships on offer.

Applying: Applications for 2017/2018 Scholarships are now open, please apply here. You MUST first have applied to study at the University and received an application number before submitting a funding application.  Applications close on Friday 31 March 2017 at 5pm and results will be announced by 31 May 2017 at the latest.

Please note, your application will be considered for both the WRoCAH and Faculty (see below) scholarships.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities Masters Scholarships

Deadline: Applications now closed

Award Details: The Faculty of Arts and Humanities also offers a number of Masters scholarships for students undertaking taught or research-based Masters programmes, but who aspire to complete a doctoral research degree on successfully completing their Masters.

Eligibility: These awards are open to UK, EU and International applicants who are applying to study either full or part-time.

Applying: Applications for 2017/2018 Scholarships are now open, please apply here. You must first have applied to study at the University and received an application number before applying for funding.
 Applications close on 31 March 2017 at 5pm and results will be announced by 31 May 2017.

Please note, your application will be considered for both the WRoCAH (see above) and the Faculty scholarships.

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships

We have over 100 scholarships available to fund talented new postgraduate students in 2017.

Don't miss out. Find out if you're eligible for a scholarship worth £10,000. 
 

Eligibility and applying: Full details here 

International Students 

Faculty of Arts and Humanities Masters Scholarships 

International students are eligible to apply for Faculty of Arts and Humanities Masters Scholarships -please see above. 

Arts Postgraduate Taught Sheffield Scholarships 2017

We are pleased to offer the following scholarships to international students starting a taught masters programme in September 2017:
£2,000 if your tuition fees are between £16,000 and £18,000
£2,500 if your tuition fees are £18,001 and upwards. Details are available here.

Country-specific funding 

The University's International Office offers a range of country-specific scholarships for international students of high academic ability for September 2017 entry. Top students can get up to 50% reduction in course fees. Details are available here.

International Alumni Rewards

Rewards worth £1,500 per year of study are available for all University of Sheffield graduates and siblings, spouses, sons and daughters of University of Sheffield graduates for all years of study. An additional £500 is available for University of Sheffield graduates who have received a first class honours undergraduate degree. Students must be self-funding and classified as overseas for fee purposes. For further information see the International Students Alumni Rewards page.

External Sources of Funding 

 There are a number of other sources of funding for international students to support postgraduate study. You can find out more here 

Alumni Rewards 

For graduates of the University of Sheffield, classed as Home or EU for fee purposes, a fee discount of 10% will be applied for Full and Part Time Masters, Certificates and Diplomas - for further information visit the Alumni Rewards page.

For graduates of the University of Sheffield, classed as overseas for fee purposes, rewards worth £1,500 per year of study are available for all University of Sheffield graduates and siblings, spouses, sons and daughters of University of Sheffield graduates for all years of study. An additional £500 is available for University of Sheffield graduates who have received a first class honours undergraduate degree.
Students must be self-funding and classified as overseas for fee purposes. For further information see the International Students Alumni Rewards page.

Other sources of funding

There are external funding bodies (charities, trusts etc) who offer support for MA courses. You can search our lists of external funders as a starting point. These pages also contain links to scholarship search sites which you can use to look for other sources of funding.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme 

If you're a UK or EU student studying a masters course you could be eligible for a government loan of up to £10,280.

Eligibility and applying: Full details of the loan scheme can be found here or on the government postgraduate loan website here .

If you have any queries about applying for a Masters Scholarship please get in touch here.