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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

If you submit your application by 31 January 2018, and you state on your application that would like to apply for one of the funding opportunities below, your project will be considered for our first allocation of funding for the current academic year. If you submit your application after this date, you will be considered for any remaining funding, but please note, all of our funding may be allocated in this first round.

Scholarships from the University of Sheffield

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

Please note: If you intend to apply for a University Prize Scholarship to fund your PhD in Mathematics and Statistics in 2018/19, you must submit your online application before 31 December 2017.

Postgraduate research scholarships

School of Mathematics and Statistics Studentships

Each year, we have a limited number of departmental studentships available to cover tuition fees and living expenses.

This funding is available to UK/EU 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 this funding for a PhD starting in 2018, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form and state that you would like to be considered for a departmental studentship.

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 2018.

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 2018, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form and state that you would like to be considered for a EPSRC 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