Departmental scholarships

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.

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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.


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


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

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