PhD funding guide

Funding your PhD

There are a number of different types of funding opportunities available to cover tuition fees and living expenses for PhD students in Physics and Astronomy. You may be eligible for funding from one of the sources below, but some funding is not available to students from outside the UK or the European Union.

It is a good idea to contact the supervisor of any project you are interested in applying for, as they may be able to advise you on other sources of funding. We also accept applications from students who are able to fund themselves.

See also: Tuition fees at the University of Sheffield

Departmental Teaching Scholarships

Each year, we have a limited number of Departmental Teaching Scholarships available to cover tuition fees and living expenses. Students are funded for four years and students are expected to teach between six and 12 hours each week. This funding is available to UK/EU and international students. Tuition fees are paid at the standard UK/EU rate.

To apply for one of these scholarships for a PhD starting in 2017, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form by 30 June 2017 and state that you would like to be considered for a scholarship. Please note, currently Departmental Teaching Scholarships are available only for projects in Biological physics and Particle physics and particle astrophysics.

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. Submit your scholarship application by 5pm on 1 February 2017 to be considered for a University of Sheffield scholarship in 2017.

Postgraduate research scholarships

The University of Sheffield has lots of information and advice about how to fund your PhD on its webpages for postgraduate students. You can find information about tuition fees, check your fee status and use the University of Sheffield's student funding calculator tool.

Financial information for PhD study

EPSRC and STFC studentships

Each year, we have a limited number of studentships available from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council, to cover tuition fees and living expenses. This funding is available to UK students only.

EPSRC studentships are available to students applying for a project in:

  • Biological physics
  • Inorganic semiconductors
  • Materials physics

STFC studentships are available to students applying for a project in:

  • Astronomy and astrophysics
  • Particle physics and particle astrophysics

To apply for one of these studentships for a PhD starting in 2017, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form by 30 June 2017 and state that you would like to be considered for a scholarship. Please note, currently scholarships are available only for projects in Inorganic semiconductors and Particle physics and particle astrophysics.