Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

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We are delighted to invite applications for postgraduate funding. We cannot guarantee funding, but we are happy to offer advice, support, and feedback on funding applications and research proposals.

The list below shows the main sources of postgraduate funding, though others are available and applicants are encouraged to explore them independently.  Again, we are happy to offer advice here.  International applicants are encouraged to investigate funding sources from their home countries.

PhD Funding

The best source of information on postgraduate funding at Sheffield is the University's main Scholarships site.

White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) Studentships

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. WRoCAH offering at least 48 PhD studentships starting in October 2019 at Leeds, Sheffield and York, through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP2) scheme.

Applications are now closed.

University of Sheffield (UoS) Scholarships

The University also offers a wide range of scholarships of its own, providing either full or partial funding.  All students are eligible to apply for these scholarships, including UK, EU and Overseas students.  Details, deadlines and application forms are on the University Scholarships site. These studentships are intended for new PhD starters only: students already in their first or second year are not eligible to apply.

Applications are now closed

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

This information is for guidance only. Full details of the Postgraduate Doctoral Loans scheme have not yet been confirmed.

Non means tested loans will be available to students studying postgraduate research courses from September 2018. The loan value will be up to £25,000 to be used for fees or living costs. Students will need to be aged 59 or under on the first day of their course to be eligible.

More information

Income from Teaching

The Department offers some paid teaching in philosophy to its PhD students. From early in their PhD studies, students are eligible to run tutorials for first-year undergraduates on a range of topics. More senior PhD students can then apply for the opportunity to design and deliver a whole module on the topic of their research. Other students gain some lecturing experience through delivery of one or two lectures for an existing module.

External Funding

Many external organisations offer funding for postgraduate study but have varying eligibility criteria. Find out more about external funding opportunities.

MA Funding

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More than 100 scholarships worth £10,000 are available to fund talented new students starting a taught postgraduate course in 2019. The scholarships are for students who meet at least one of our widening participation criteria and/or students who achieve a first in their undergraduate degree.

Deadline for applications: 17:00 GMT Monday 13 May 2019

Faculty of Arts and Humanities International Masters ScholarshipsLogo for FAH international scholarships

Two scholarships worth £10,000 towards tuition fees are available for international (non-EU) students starting a full time taught postgraduate degree in September 2019.

More information and how to apply

Deadline for applications: 17:00 GMT Friday 26 April 2019

External Funding

Many external organisations offer funding for postgraduate study but have varying eligibility criteria. Find out more about external funding opportunities.

Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Government loans of up to £10,000

The postgraduate Masters loan schemes were announced in the Autumn Statement. All taught Masters courses are eligible. The loans are intended to be a contribution to the costs of studying a postgraduate Masters course.

Applications are now open.

Who can apply?

Full-time, part-time and distance learning UK Masters students under the age of 60. More information →

Alumni Rewards

Alumni rewards imageSheffield graduates (home or overseas) starting a new postgraduate course (taught or research) at the University of Sheffield in September 2019 can benefit from a 10% discount on tuition fees (capped at £1,500).

Find out more about Alumni Rewards

International Students

International Students are encouraged to contact their country/region team in the International Office, who may be able to offer advice on funding opportunities from their home country or region (as well as general advice and support on coming to Sheffield).

They should also visit the international student funding page.

A diverse range of postgraduate scholarships are also available, depending on your country of origin and the course you're applying for. International students should check the scholarship information on their country page. (For example, Canada, Chile, Egypt, India, MexicoNigeria, USA, and many more.)


Up-to-date information on tuition fees:


For more information on postgraduate funding, including support and advice on applying, please contact Jimmy Lenman (PG Funding Advisor)