Departmental scholarships

If a project does not come with specific funding, that doesn't mean that there is no funding available. Apply to work with a supervisor whose research area you are interested in, and if your application is successful, you may be awarded a scholarship from one of the following sources.


Being offered a place and being offered funding are two separate things. It can take a long time after you are offered a place to find out whether funding is available. After our committee has met to decide on the first round of funding offers, individuals who have been made an offer are given time to consider them. If they decline, the funding may be offered to someone else.

Enquiries about funding status should be sent to or to the director of postgraduate research, Professor Neil Dummigan (

It's a good idea to contact the supervisor of any PhD project you want to apply for before you submit your application, as they may also be able to advise you on other sources of funding.

We also accept applications from students who are applying for funding separately, or have funding in place already – please include any details in your application form.

EPSRC Studentships

We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, to start in October 2021. These scholarships will cover home level fees, stipend, and research training and support. International students are eligible, though the number of studentships they may be allocated is further limited, but a university scholarship may make up the difference in fees for them. No separate application for this funding is necessary. 

Update – July 2021: All studentships have now been offered and accepted, including the additional studentships we got from the EPSRC Mathematical Sciences DTP.

Applied Probability Trust Studentship

This year the Applied Probability Trust is funding a studentship (including Home level fees, stipend and a generous fund for research activities) in the Probability group, under the supervision of Dr Nic Freeman, Dr Jonathan Jordan or Dr Robin Stephenson, to start in October 2021. The Applied Probability Trust is keen to encourage applications from the strongest candidates of all backgrounds. To be considered for this funding, please ensure you have submitted your application for a place by 5pm on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

EU SWATNET Marie-Curie ITN European Joint Degree Scholarships

Solar physics PhD scholarships – Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre / School of Mathematics and Statistics

The Space Weather Awareness Training Network (SWATNet) is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network project which is looking for early stage researchers to pursue their PhD studies.

There are 12 projects available. Each applicant can apply to a maximum of three projects and in order of preference.

The University of Sheffield is hosting as lead on the following projects:
  • Project 3: Three-dimensional solar flare forecasting to make a significant leap forward in Space Weather forecasting by generalising an existing forecast method and find the optimum conditions for predicting solar flares. 
  • Project 11: CME arrival modelling with Machine Learning to employ modern Machine Learning algorithms to develop fast and accurate predictions of the eruptive solar activities.
The University of Sheffield is hosting as secondment on the following projects:
  • Project 1: Pre-eruption magnetic configuration and eruption forecasting to advance the understanding of pre-eruptive configuration of flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (lead: Academy of Athens, Greece).
  • Project 4: Modelling periodic and quasiperiodic variations in solar activity aims at important advancements in modelling variations in solar activity (lead: Eotvos University, Budapest).
  • Project 9: The P-DBM beyond 1 AU is about forecasting CME arrival in the whole heliosphere (lead: Univ of Tor Vergata, Rome).
  • Project 12: Development of mathematical morphology algorithms is to characterize the solar activity and develop versatile algorithms based on mathematical morphological transforms to characterize the solar activity using large solar databases (lead: Coimbra University, Portugal).

For details of how to apply for each project, click on the links above. The application deadline is 7 May 2021, 10.59pm BST.

For more information on the project and project specific requirements please visit the website or contact Professor Robertus von Fay-Siebenburgen by emailing

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