Commonwealth scholarships

If you're based in a country that's part of the Commonwealth, you could receive funding to study for your PhD with us.

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Are you a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by a Commonwealth country and would like to pursue a PhD here with us in Sheffield? It's time to apply for the 2020 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships round!

The Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Education (DfE). These scholarships support excellence in UK higher education and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth. Candidates will be selected based on their potential to lead in the pursuit of global excellence in research and knowledge, as well as academic merit and the quality of their plan of study.

Applying for the scholarship

Please read the terms and conditions carefully and to ensure they meet the full eligibility criteria as stated in the terms and conditions. Not all Commonwealth countries are eligible. For full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) website.

The CSC deadline for applications is 20 July 2020. 

Applying for our PhD programme

We strongly encourage you to start your application process with us as soon as possible. You will need to be able to show that you are an unconditional offer holder at the point of being notified that the CSC is interested in your project. Here is what we encourage you to do:

Please submit your full application to the Department of Journalism Studies by 10 July 2020, so that we have time to process the application, find your supervision team and for you to possibly make changes to your proposal before submitting it to the CSC.

We are looking forward to your application!

If you have any questions, please email

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