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The tuition fees for our PhD programme are charged based on whether you are classed as a home or international student. 

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Funding 2020

Funding applications for 2020 entry are now open!

Applying for funding:

Whatever funding you're applying for, we recommend getting in touch with the member of staff you are hoping to work with before you begin. The funding application process is very competitive and your proposal will need to be very carefully crafted. We would, therefore, suggest this contact is made several weeks before submitting an application. This will allow your proposed supervisor to discuss your research proposal with you and offer advice on your application.

We would then strongly encourage you to submit your draft application(s) - taking into account your discussions with your supervisor and their feedback - to the Department by 5pm GMT, Monday 6 January 2020, so that we can provide final overarching feedback ahead of the funding deadline. 


Application process:

  1. Get in touch with your proposed supervisor to discuss your application
  2. Apply to the History PhD programme - please ensure your referees are aware of the funding deadline
  3. Submit a draft of your funding application - email your draft funding application form(s) to r.hasnip@sheffield.ac.uk by 5pm GMT, Monday 6 January 2020
  4. Submit the University funding form through your programme application by 5pm GMT, 29 January 2020
  5. Submit the WRoCAH funding form (if applicable) through the WRoCAH website by 5pm GMT, 29 January 2020

You do not need to have received an offer before you submit your funding application (except for the China Scholarship Awards).

Any questions? please contact our Admissions and Postgraduate Support Manager, Miss Beky Hasnip, and Director of Graduate Study, Dr Charles West at history.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk.

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The following funding competitions are open for 2020 entry:

Please click on the titles to expand for more information:

AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities Scholarships

Deadline: 5pm GMT, Wednesday 29 January 2020

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 has around 50 AHRC studentships that will be awarded through open competitions. Of these WRoCAH expect the majority (up to 85%) to be student-led project applications.

Award Details: The WRoCAH studentships cover UK/EU tuition fees and, for eligible students, provide an annual maintenance grant (£15,009 in 2019/20). More information on the award details and eligibility criteria are available through the WRoCAH website

Guidance notes: applicant guidance notes are available here. You should read the guidance notes carefully before beginning your application, paying particular attention to the Grade Descriptors (from p18).

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. 

You will be able to save and return to your application and can make amendments up until the deadline. You must indicate when the final version of your application has been submitted and this must be done before the deadline for your application to be considered. 

Please note that you can only apply for one studentship at one of the above universities.

University Postgraduate Research Committee Scholarships - Arts and Humanities

Deadline: 5pm GMT, Wednesday 29 January 2020

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 2020-21, each Faculty is offering a small number of University of Sheffield Research Scholarships on a competitive basis.

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

Applying: You should complete the funding section of the course 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 eligibility and application information

Hossein Farmy Scholarship

Deadline: 5pm GMT, Wednesday 29 January 2020

The Hossein Farmy Scholarship is available to 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 (£15,009 in 2019/20).

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 course 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 eligibility and application information

China Scholarship Council

Deadline: 5pm GMT, Wednesday 29 January 2020

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 China Scholarship will cover University tuition fees, a grant for living costs and one return flight from China to the UK.

Eligibility: This award is open to Chinese nationals who are ordinarily resident in mainland China and who are holding an unconditional offer to study full-time. You will need to demonstrate that your research fits with one of Sheffield's identified research priorities. 

Applying: You should complete the funding section of the course 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 will need to be holding an unconditional offer ahead of the 29 January deadline, so should ensure that you apply in plenty of time. 

Full eligibility, research priority and application information

 

External funding

Sources of external funding are available:

 

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

Government loans are available for postgraduate students studying doctoral level courses.

Loans will be to a maximum value of £25,700 over the full course of study. Loans are non-means tested i.e. your incoming will not effect the amount that you receive and are available to students studying either part-time or full-time.

More information including eligibility criteria

Funding PhD study through a student loan is a big commitment and we would strongly recommend talking about this option with your proposed supervisor.

Alternative sources of funding

There are external funding bodies (charities, trusts etc) who offer support for PhD courses. Our Additional Funding for Postgraduate Study webpage is a useful starting point.