Funding and scholarships

There is a dedicated scholarship for statistics students at the University of Sheffield, to help eligible students fund their studies.



Jayne Fountain Scholarship sponsored by Parexel

The highly prestigious Jayne Fountain Scholarship sponsored by Parexel is open to UK students applying for the Statistics with Medical Applications MSc or Statistics MSc. The scholarship is worth £20,000, to cover the cost of course tuition fees and make a contribution to living costs.

The scholarship was established in honour of Jayne Fountain, a statistician who worked in Sheffield for Parexel, one of the largest clinical research organisations. The company supports the development of innovative new ideas by providing services to the life sciences and biopharmaceutical industries. Their work spans from decentralised clinical trials to regulatory consulting services to leveraging real world insights.

How to apply

You will be invited to apply for the Jayne Fountain Scholarship if you receive an offer for either Statistics with Medical Applications MSc or Statistics MSc, plan to study full-time, will be paying UK fees and do not already have a scholarship.

The invitation will ask you to submit a short personal statement in support of your scholarship application and will include more information about the selection process.

A requirement of the scholarship is that the student undertakes a MSc dissertation project proposed by Parexel.

Please use our postgraduate online application system to submit your MSc application.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Scholarship stories

Gillian M Baggot

Gillian Baggott 

"The Jayne Fountain Scholarship is an amazing opportunity from Parexel and I am extremely grateful to be this year’s recipient. I am already enjoying my time studying at Sheffield University and look forward to continuing to learn over the next year."

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Bradley Howard

"Throughout my time as an undergraduate, I have taken a keen interest in statistics, more specifically its applications within the biopharmaceutical sector. Hence, I was incredibly grateful when I learned that I was awarded the Jayne Fountain Scholarship from such a highly prestigious company.

Looking towards the future, I am highly enthusiastic about working on the MSc statistics project on the topic of biostatistics and where this may lead me in the years to come. My greatest ambition is to work in the field of biostatistics and being awarded this opportunity by Parexel is a considerable leap forward to achieving this personal goal."

Megan Potter

Megan Potter

Megan Potter undertook a BSc in Mathematics at the University of Sheffield. For her MSc dissertation she will be undertaking a research project supervised by Dr Munya Dimairo examining futility stopping criteria for clinical trials through a retrospective analysis of a clinical trial.

She said: “It is an honour to be awarded the Jayne Fountain scholarship because it is in honour of someone I aspire to follow. I am very proud to be offered this opportunity from such a prestigious company and I look forward to working on my dissertation.

"My goal is to become a statistician as I am passionate about clinical trials and enjoy working with health data. Undertaking the MSc in Statistics with Medical Applications is the first step towards meeting this ambition."

The logo of clinical research company Parexel.
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International scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students, including undergraduate and postgraduate taught scholarships towards the annual tuition fee. Applications are open for existing offer holders.