There are two main routes to getting PhD funding. Both of these normally pay fees and a maintenance stipend. However some students may only be eligible for partial fees, or a fees-only award. Check the eligibility criteria of each scheme carefully.

1. Competition funding

The application cycle for PhD Scholarships for 2020 entry is now open and consists of two stages.

Stage One

Complete and submit your PhD Course application via the Postgraduate Online Application Form before 8 January 2020 (17.00 UK time), for a start date of 1 October 2020.

Submitting your application by this deadline will enable the School to ensure research fit and to allocate an adequate supervisory team prior to the scholarship application deadline. If you have not submitted your application by this date, any scholarship application in the School will not be considered.

We will support applications for the scholarship competition from highly qualified and eligible students who wish to pursue doctoral studies at the Information School through the following funded opportunities:

1. The University of Sheffield Research Scholarships
2. The ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) PhD Scholarship Competition (Pathway/Interdisciplinary/Advanced Quantitative Methodology awards)
3. China Scholarship Council awards
4. The WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition

Before you apply, please check the award details and eligibility criteria for each scheme.

We recommend that applicants familiarise themselves with the Information School's research specialisms and identify a suitable prospective supervisor to be named in the application form. We encourage applicants to seek support from prospective supervisors in the Information School for the development of proposals.

We also request you to complete this form by 8 January 2020 (17.00 UK time). The form collects information required for Stage Two of the application process and will give prospective supervisors the opportunity to give applicants more detailed feedback.

Stage Two

Complete and submit your University Scholarships application to the Scholarship Application system by 29 January 2020 (17.00 UK time).

You need to submit under Part 2 Course Applications, Research Course applications. You can make changes to your Scholarship application until the closing deadline.

The following documents are required for your scholarship application:

  • A supporting statement of 250 words describing how your motivation, skills and achievements demonstrate potential to engage in and complete a worthwhile doctorate;
  • An outline of your research proposal (10,000 characters maximum for ESRC applicants; 800 words for all other applicants);
  • Details of any papers, prizes, publications.

Applicants to the WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition must also complete and submit a separate application form directly to WRoCAH, before 29 January 2020 (17.00 UK time).

2. GTA Scholarships

The Information School is offering up to two funded PhD scholarships including up to 180 hours of paid teaching support per academic year.

Find out more

3. Project funding

This is where you apply to work on a specific project which already has funding attached. You need to demonstrate that you are better qualified to complete the project than other applicants.

  • Funded projects can be announced at any time of the year. If we are currently advertising any funded projects they will be listed here:
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  • You will not usually be asked to write a complete research proposal, but you may be asked to write a short personal statement, or provide a description of how you would approach the project.