Funding opportunities

The Department of Geography enjoys excellent rates of success in securing PhD funding for high quality applicants.

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The main route to secure funding sources for PhD study commencing Autumn 2021 will be via our scholarship competitions. This includes our ESRC and AHRC-funded scholarships, the deadline for applications being at 5pm on Wednesday 27th January 2021.

Other scholarships and routes to funding will also be advertised here as these become available, so please check-back regularly. These include project-specific funding for PhD topics where the focus of study has already been agreed.


2021 ESRC and AHRC scholarships competition

For the following opportunities, applicants must first complete a successful application to the department for PhD study (see how to apply, below). Applicants must then complete the scholarship section of the online application form by 5pm Wednesday 27th January.

All opportunities are applicant-led, meaning the applicant is responsible for the design of the PhD topic and research approach. Please see our Find a Supervisor page to consult a member of staff about your idea.

White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC Pathways Studentships

Numerous awards are offered that are suitable for social science PhD topics that fall within any one of seven themes.

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How to apply

White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WroCAH) AHRC Studentships

Numerous awards are offered for PhD topics that fall within the research remit of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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Other applicant-led 2021 scholarships

Hossein Farmy Scholarship

This scholarship is suitable for research related to mining. Please contact us if you would like to discuss how your proposed research might fit within the remit of this scheme.

You must first apply and be accepted for postgraduate admission, using the link below. A follow-up Hossein Farmy scholarship application form will be released soon and the deadline for scholarship applications will be 5pm on Friday 26th February.

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How to apply

China Scholarship Council Studentships

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.

You must first apply and be accepted for postgraduate admission, using the link below. A follow-up scholarship application form will be available soon and the deadline for scholarship applications will be 5pm on Friday 26th February.

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How to apply


2021 project-led PhD funding

Project funding may be announced at any time of the year. Please check back regularly for any updates. You are welcome to apply for acceptance to postgraduate study whilst waiting for any announcements to be made.

White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC Collaborative Awards

Unfortunately, we have no opportunities for Autumn 2021.

White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WroCAH) AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards - to be announced

We hope to be able to announce details of any projects in early February 2021.