Fees and funding

There are many different funding and scholarship opportunities for PhD research students in Politics.

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New: Funded PhD Studentship

Centre for Doctoral Training in New Horizons in Borders and Bordering

We are pleased to be able to offer funding for a new studentship for the New Horizons in Borders and Bordering theme. The Centre for Doctoral Training aims to build an interdisciplinary community of expertise in borders, bordering, and debordering through these projects.

Dr Owen Parker, Senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, is leading a new studentship opportunity in his project exploring information and communication technologies and the datafication of migration.

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2023-2024 scholarships and funding

The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a range of PhD scholarships. These include ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and Faculty 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. We strongly recommend that you have made an application for a place to study with the Department of Politics and International Relations by December 2022.

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 2022. Decisions are made and communicated to applicants between the end of February 2023 to the end of April 2023, depending on the scheme.


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