Fees and funding

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

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Funding and scholarships

The University provides information on tuition fees for PhD courses.

Scholarship opportunities

Funding opportunities for doctoral study are available on a competitive basis each year. The application deadline for all scholarships listed here is normally at the beginning of February and successful applicants will be informed in mid April.

To make an application for a scholarship, candidates must have already have applied to the Department of Politics and International Relations and had an offer to study for a PhD (but not started). Applications to study for a PhD can be made at any time. Please be aware that some PhD applications take time to assess and our advice would be to apply early.

These scholarships include

Full details of all PhD scholarships available at the University of Sheffield.

Entry Criteria

These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are assessed on the basis of

  • academic success and qualifications
  • experience
  • research background
  • a clear well-articulated research proposal
  • the potential impact of the research
  • a good match with supervisor/departmental expertise
  • a good match with the relevant DTP pathway 

Competition for scholarships is fierce, and only applicants with an outstanding academic record and an excellent research proposal are likely to be successful. To be competitive, applicants should have a first-class undergraduate degree and a Distinction at Master's level.

Eligibility criteria

Different types of scholarship have different eligibility criteria. Before you apply you should carefully check that you meet the relevant eligibility requirements for the above schemes.

You also need to ensure that you meet our standard PhD entry criteria.

Deadlines and how to apply

Once you have decided which scholarship/s to apply for, you will need to follow the steps below:

1) Submit an application to study:
In order to apply for a scholarship to support your PhD study in Politics, we must first receive a full application to study via the postgraduate application system well before the university funding deadline. Full guidance on submitting an application is here.

2) Submit the scholarship application:
Once you have completed step 1, or if you already have an offer to study with us, you should log into your postgraduate application account and complete the additional scholarship section.


Other funding sources

Part-time tutoring

Subject to certain considerations of progress in your research, you will be offered the opportunity to teach undergraduates in seminars. Department policy is that such teaching is not normally undertaken in the first year of research, and is restricted to a maximum of two or three hours a week. Students who undertake teaching in the Department are required to attend a teacher training module.

Part-time work

Many students work part-time alongside their studies. Your membership of the Students' Union entitles you to support from the Job Shop.

Postgraduate Research Travel Fund

The cost of fieldwork for postgraduate research can be significant, particularly when this involves travel overseas. The Department, therefore, provides a small fund to contribute towards the travel and subsistence costs of fieldwork.

Postgraduates have the opportunity to submit an application for support prior to undertaking the fieldwork. There are two opportunities to apply to this fund each year, which are publicised within the Department.

Conference Support Fund

The Department of Politics and International Relations offers a small fund to staff and PhD students who wish to give original research papers at major national or international conferences. The fund subsidises conference fees, accommodation and travel. Further details can be found on the application form, which you can download at the top right of this page.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees are charged to cover registration, tuition, examination and membership of the Students' Union. They do not include accommodation, other living expenses or re-examination fees.

Year Home 18-19 Home 19-20 Overseas 18-19 Overseas 19-20
MPhil and PhD fees £4,260 £4,326 £16,800 £17,600

PhD scholarships

There are lots of different types of scholarships available, from partial fee scholarships to full awards covering fees and maintenance.

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