Fees and funding
There are many different funding and scholarship opportunities for PhD research students in Politics.
2025-2026 scholarships and funding
The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a range of PhD scholarships. These scholarships can cover:
- Tuition fees
- An annual stipend to cover living expenses equivalent to UK Research Council rates
- Research Training Support Grant
Most scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants; there may be limited opportunities for overseas students, and all applicants should check guidance before making an application.
All our scholarships can be held in any department within the Faculty. Initial enquiries should be made directly to the academic department in which you wish to study.
How to apply
You must have applied for a place to study and been accepted for a place at the University before you can submit a PhD scholarship application.
Scholarships for 2025/26 will be advertised in October 2024.
You should discuss the most appropriate scholarship for you with your supervisor or department once you have a offer of study. Scholarships are very competitive, and your application will need to be tailored to the most appropriate source.
There are also different routes for scholarship applications, and your supervisor/department will be able to advise once you have established the most appropriate scholarship application for you.
The main scholarships competition in the University opens in November 2024. Decisions are made and communicated to applicants between the end of February 2025 to the end of April 2025, depending on the scheme.
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