PhD funding guide

Funding your PhD

Some of the PhD projects available in Physics and Astronomy 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

Faculty of Science Fee Scholarships

Available to UK, EU and international applicants

The Faculty of Science is are currently offering a number of fee scholarships to support excellent home, EU or overseas students wishing to study for a PhD in a range of scientific disciplines. Submit your application by 5pm on Wednesday 23 January 2019 to be considered.

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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 23 January 2019 to be considered for a University of Sheffield scholarship in 2019.

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 2019, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form by 31 March 2019 and state that you would like to be considered for an EPSRC or STFC scholarship.

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. 

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