PhD scholarships

We want our students to succeed. That is why we offer a range of scholarships to support excellent candidates.

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Scholarship funding

The application cycle for PhD Scholarships for 2020 entry is now open.

Complete and submit your PhD Course application via the Postgraduate Online Application Form before 7 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 Management 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 Management 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 Management School for the development of proposals.

SUMS scholarships

Sheffield University Management School offers a range of scholarships to support outstanding PhD candidates. Check back later when further details will be available.

Faculty of Social Sciences

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

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

Scholarships from the University of Sheffield and other sources help new postgraduate research students cover their tuition fees and living expenses.

Other funding bodies

Many charities, foundations and trusts provide funding for postgraduate study, from small grants to full scholarships.  Some are for specific subject areas while others have more general eligibility criteria - see our list of additional funding.

PhD scholarships

There are lots of different types of scholarships available, from full awards covering fees, living expenses and research costs to partial fee scholarships.