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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 or research area does not come with specific funding, that does not mean that there is no funding available. Apply for a project or research area 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 studentship

We will be able to fund one PhD student, to study with a supervisor in the Plasma Dynamics Group or the Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre, using money provided by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, to start in October 2020

This funding is available to UK resident 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 2020, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form and state that you would like to be considered for an STFC studentship.

Eligibility criteria

Submit your application no later than 5pm on Friday 13 March 2020

EPSRC studentships

We expect to be able to fund a limited number of PhD students from money provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, to start in October 2020.

This funding is available to UK resident 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 2020, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form and state that you would like to be considered for a EPSRC studentship.

Eligibility criteria

Submit your application no later than 5pm on Wednesday 29 January 2020.

Algebraic Geometry Studentships

This year the Faculty of Science is fully-funding a small number of studentships (including Home/EU level fees) in the Algebraic Geometry group, to start in October 2020. To be considered for one of these, please apply by the earlier deadline of 4th January 2020

Quantum Cosmology Studentship

This year the Faculty of Science is fully-funding a studentship (including Home/EU level fees) in the Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation group, under the supervision of Dr. Steffen Gielen, to start in October 2020. For further details see the "Projects" entry. To be considered for this, please apply no later than 23 February 2020.

University of Sheffield Research Scholarships

In the Faculty of Science, these will provide only partial funding (e.g. fees only) and the rest (e.g. stipend) will need to be obtained from another source, such as an external scholarship, but they are open to Home/EU/Overseas students.

Find out more

There is a separate application form, linked to the PG online application form. It requires a project description. These scholarships are highly competitive, and an application should only be made in collaboration with a potential supervisor. The deadline for a completed application is 5pm on Wednesday 29th January 2020.

China Scholarship Council

For further details visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd/scholarships/csc.

Again, there is a separate application form, linked to from the PG online application form, these scholarships are highly competitive, and an application should only be made in collaboration with a potential supervisor. The deadline for a completed scholarship application is 5pm on Wednesday 29th January 2020, but since it requires an unconditional study offer already to be in place, it means your PG online application for a study place really needs to be made well before this.

Postgraduate doctoral loans

These loans from the UK government can help with course fees and living costs while you study for a PhD.

Postgraduate doctoral loans