Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

The University provides information on tuition fees for PhD courses.

Scholarship Opportunities

Faculty of Social Sciences Scholarships

The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a range of PhD scholarships for 2020/21 entry. These include ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and Faculty scholarships.

We strongly encourage PhD applications in the following broad areas:

  • Cities, Environment and Liveability
  • Security, Conflict and Justice
  • Education Childhood and Youth
  • Data, Communication and New Technologies
  • Wellbeing, Health and Communities
  • Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity
  • Civil Society, Development and Democracy

What our scholarships cover

Our scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fees
  • An annual stipend to cover living expenses equivalent to UK Research Council rates
  • Research Training Support Grant

All scholarships are available as a +3 (PhD) or 1 + 3 (MA Social Research and PhD) basis to ensure students meet ESRC training benchmarks for social research methods.


Our Faculty scholarships are open to applicants of any nationality and in any discipline within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Most ESRC White Rose DTP scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants; there may be limited opportunities for overseas students, and all applicants should check ESRC White Rose DTP guidance before making an application.

All our scholarships can be held in any department within the Faculty. Initial enquiries should be made directly to the academic department in which you wish to study.


We offer an outstanding academic environment for our PhD students. We provide an interdisciplinary research experience via the White Rose DTP to all our PhD students, regardless of scholarship funding source. Quantitative and qualitative methods training at both Masters and PhD level is provided by Sheffield Methods Institute. There are also opportunities for three month internships with public, private and voluntary organisations.

Further information about our Social Sciences Doctoral Training.

Timescales and how to apply

Applications can be made from 13 November 2019. The deadline for scholarship applications is 5.00pm on Wednesday 29 January 2020. Information on the scholarship application process can be found here.

University Scholarships

Applications for PhD scholarships for study commencing in the 2020-21 academic year are now open.

These include:

  • University of Sheffield Research Scholarships
  • Hossein Farmy Scholarships
  • China Scholarship Council

The closing date for these scholarships is Wednesday 29th January at 17.00 GMT.

Information on the scholarship application process can be found here.