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. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

More information and how to apply

Applications for 2018 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.

More information and how to apply

Application for 2018 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.
Further details are expected to be confirmed soon.

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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

Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships

The University of Sheffield has a number of Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships for MA students. Applicants for an MA scholarship must first apply for a place on a course. These scholarships are open to applicants for the Philosophy MA, the Political Theory MA, and the Cognitive Studies MA.

More information and how to apply

Deadline for applications: Thursday 22 March 2018 at 17:00 GMT.

Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships worth £10,000100 Scholarships logo

More than 100 scholarships worth £10,000 are available to fund talented new students starting a taught postgraduate course in 2018. 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.

More information and how to apply

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 May 2018.

Philosophy Postgraduate Support Fund Bursary Scheme

The aim of the bursary scheme is to provide some support for home MA students who haven't won a scholarship, and for overseas MA students who need top-up funding, in the form of a limited number of bursaries of £2000-£3000. Any awards will be conditional on awardees not also getting a Sheffield/Faculty/WRoCAH scholarship.

Applications for 2017 are now closed.

To apply, simply email us the application form you completed for the Faculty/WRoCAH scholarship scheme (or a revised version thereof), or the application form you have completed for the Sheffield 100 scholarships scheme (or a revised version thereof). If you haven't applied for either of these schemes then send us a document with answers to the following two questions.

1. Using no more than 500 words, please tell us why you have chosen this course and your proposed route through the programme, including e.g. module choices and proposed dissertation topic.
2. Using no more than 250 words, please state why your skills, experience and plans for further research or study make you a particularly suitable candidate for a bursary.

Email your application to Joanne ( with the heading 'PG Support Fund Application'.

Alumni Discounts

Graduates of the University of Sheffield can get a 10% discount on MA tuition fees. To be eligible, students must be self-funding and classified as Home or European for fee purposes. If you are fully or partly sponsored by an external source, the discount will apply to the self-funded part of the fee. 

For more information visit the Alumni Rewards website.

There is a separate alumni reward scheme, worth £1000 per year, for Sheffield graduates from overseas.  Graduates as well as their siblings, spouses, and children are eligible, for all years of study. An additional £500 is available for graduates who have received a first-class honours undergraduate degree. Students must be self-funding and classified as overseas for fee purposes. For more information visit the International Alumni Rewards website.

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 →

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.)


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