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.

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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 maths-phd@sheffield.ac.uk or to the director of postgraduate research, Professor Neil Dummigan (n.p.dummigan@shef.ac.uk).

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 expect to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, to start in October 2022. These scholarships would 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 would make up the difference in fees for them.

No separate application for this funding is necessary, but to be considered for the first round of funding offers, applications should be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022.


STFC Studentship

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is funding a 3.5 year studentship (including stipend, Home level fees and research training support) for a student starting in October 2022, to work in the area of Solar Physics and Plasma Dynamics.

To be sure of consideration for this funding please name, on your standard application, a School of Mathematics and Statistics supervisor from one of the research groups Plasma Dynamics or SP2RC, and submit it no later than 5pm on Friday 1 April 2022.


Studentship in Theoretical Cosmology

The Faculty of Science is funding a studentship (including stipend, Home level fees for 3.5 years and research training support) in the Gravitation and Cosmology Research Group, under the supervision of Dr Eleonora Di Valentino, to start in October 2022. The project title is 'Constraints on models beyond the standard LCDM by using current and future cosmological data'. For further details and instructions, see gravity-cosmology.group.shef.ac.uk/styled-3. To be considered for this funding, please name Dr Di Valentino as proposed supervisor in your standard PhD application, and submit that no later than 20 March 2022.


Studentship in Algebraic Topology

The Faculty of Science is funding a studentship, to start 1 October 2022, under the supervision of newly arrived Professor Markus Szymik. Home fees and stipend for 3.5 years, and research training support, will be provided. Professor Szymik's research revolves around symmetries in algebra, geometry and topology. To understand groups and their generalisations, he uses homological and homotopical ideas, such as representation theory and K-theory. He is also thinking about applications to knot theory and analogies in number theory. For enquiries, email m.szymik@sheffield.ac.uk


Studentship in Number Theory and Representation Theory

This year the Faculty of Science is fully-funding a studentship (including Home level fees) in the Number Theory group, under the supervision of Dr Robert Kurinczuk, to start in October 2022. The project title is 'Representations of p-adic groups and the modular local Langlands programme'. For further details see the entry in the Find A PhD Projects Directory. To be sure of consideration for this, please mention it in your standard application, and submit that no later than 26 January 2022.


Studentship in Statistics

This year the Faculty of Science is fully-funding a studentship (including stipend and Home level fees for 3.5 years, and research training support) in the Statistics group, under the supervision of Dr Jill Johnson, to start in October 2022.

Dr Johnson’s research interests are in the development and practical application of statistical methods to quantify, assess and then reduce uncertainty in large-scale complex models of real-world systems. To date she has focussed on problems in environmental science, particularly in relation to the atmosphere and climate where she has worked with a range of models on different scales, from the simulation of an individual cloud, to the simulation of a cloud field, to the simulation of the global distribution of aerosol particles in the atmosphere. Key methodologies of interest include the use of surrogate statistical models (Gaussian process emulation) to enable dense sampling over a complex model’s input uncertainties, sensitivity analysis to understand the driving sources of uncertainty and ‘history matching’ to reduce uncertainty via comparison to observations.

In her research, Dr Johnson aims to address the statistical challenges in: 1) assessing the effects and impacts of a model's key uncertainties, and 2) the model-observation comparison procedure itself, to constrain the effects of high-dimensional parameter uncertainty when using diverse observations that have sparse spatial and temporal coverage.

For further enquiries, email Jill.Johnson@sheffield.ac.uk. To be sure of consideration for this funding, please name Dr Johnson as proposed supervisor on your PhD application, and submit that no later than 4 February 2022.


Joint China Scholarship Council-University of Sheffield PhD Programme

Applications for 2022 entry are now closed

This scheme provides academically excellent Chinese students with the opportunity to study for a PhD at the University of Sheffield. The scholarships are supported jointly by the China Scholarship Council and the University of Sheffield.

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