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Funding your PhD

Some of the PhD projects available in Mathematics and Statistics come with specific funding to cover your tuition fees and living expenses – for example, a project may be funded by a research council or Centre for Doctoral Training. If you successfully apply for one of these projects, and you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically awarded the funding.

If a project does not come with specific funding, that does not mean that there is no funding available. Apply for a project you are interested in, and if your application is successful, you may be awarded a scholarship from one of the following sources. Check the eligibility requirements and deadlines below, and if you wish to be considered for one of these scholarships, please tell us in your application form.

It is 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.

See also: Tuition fees at the University of Sheffield




Current funding opportunities

STFC studentships

We are able to fund two PhD students from money provided by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, to start in October 2019. One studentship is available in Particle Theory and one in Astronomy (Plasma DynamicsSolar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre). 

The funding is available to UK students only. Tuition fees are paid at the standard UK/EU rate, and a stipend to cover living expenses is provided over 3.5 years at the standard UK research council rate. 

To apply for one of these studentships for a PhD starting in 2019, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form and state that you would like to be considered for a STFC studentship. Submit your application by Friday 1 March 2019 for Particle Theory or Friday 29 March 2019 for Astronomy

EPSRC studentships

We expect to be able to fund at least one PhD student from money provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, to start in October 2019.

This funding is available to UK students only. Tuition fees are paid at the standard UK/EU rate, and a stipend to cover living expenses is provided over 3.5 years at the standard UK research council rate.

To apply for one of these studentships for a PhD starting in 2019, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form and state that you would like to be considered for a EPSRC studentship.

School of Mathematics and Statistics Studentships

We may have a limited number of departmental studentships available to cover tuition fees and/or living expenses.

For UK and EU students, tuition fees are paid at the standard UK/EU rate and a stipend to cover living expenses is provided over 3.5 years at the standard UK research council rates.

For overseas students, departmental studentships cover living expenses only for 3.5 years at the standard UK research council rates. You would need to find alternative funding to cover your tuition fees.

To apply for this funding for a PhD starting in 2019, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form and state that you would like to be considered for a departmental studentship. 

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

The UK Government has announced new Postgraduate Doctoral Loans to help with course fees and living costs while you study for a PhD: Learn more