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. To be considered for the first round of offers, please ensure you have submitted your application for a place by 5pm on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

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

The Space Weather Awareness Training Network is offering two fully funded studentships based in Sheffield, with the Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research (SP2RC) group, to start in 2021. For more information, visit the SP2RC website:

SP2RC studentships

To be considered for this funding, please ensure you have submitted your application for a place by 5pm on Friday 22 January 2021.

Other scholarships from the University of Sheffield and external sources are available for new PhD students, to help cover tuition fees and sometimes living expenses.

China Scholarship Council

In a typical year the School of Mathematics and Statistics gets, at most, one new University of Sheffield Research Scholarship funded, covering only fees or stipend.

PhD scholarships at the University of Sheffield

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