Scholarships

26 of our PhD students were awarded scholarships in 2017

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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 2018 entry- now open 

AHRC White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities Scholarships

Deadline: 17:00 GMT on Wednesday 24 January 2018.

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 doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have applied for a place of study in an eligible School, Department or Centre and may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. 

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: Wednesday 24th January 2018, 5pm UK time.
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

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: Wednesday 24th January 2018, 5pm UK time.
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 2018-19, 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 number of Doctoral Academy Scholarships which may include a range of 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. 

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

Hossein Farmy Scholarship

The Hossein Farmy Scholarship is available for entry in 2018-19 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: Awards are open to UK, EU and international applicants

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

China Scholarship Council

Deadline:  Wednesday 24th January 2018, 5pm UK time.
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. Applicants must have an unconditional offer in place, therefore please ensure you apply for postgraduate research early.

Apply for a scholarship from Sheffield by completing the funding section of the online postgraduate application form

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.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan Scheme 

Full details of the Postgraduate Doctoral Loans scheme have not yet been confirmed. You can find out more here 

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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Frequently asked questions

Masters Funding

Over 40 of our MA students were awarded funding in 2017

Masters Funding for Arts & Humanities for 2018 entry to be announced soon. Please check back 

Details of Scholarships for 2018 will be announced soon.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities Masters Scholarships

Deadline: Applications will open soon. Please check back. 

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. Awards may be used towards fees or maintenance (or a combination of both).

Please note that students who apply to both the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Masters Scholarship competition and to the Sheffield Postgraduate Scheme (SPS) and who are successful in both, are only permitted to hold one scholarship.

Applying: Applications for 2018/19 Scholarships will open soon. You must first have applied to study at the University and received an application number before applying for funding.               

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships

Deadline: Monday 14th May 2018.

The University of Sheffield is pleased to offer 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home students starting a taught postgraduate course in 2018.

The scholarships are for students who meet at least one of our widening participation criteria and/or students who achieve a first in their undergraduate degree. If your application is successful you can use the scholarship towards fees or living expenses, the choice is yours. 

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.