Fees and funding

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

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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. 

Applications for PhD scholarships for the 2021/22 academic year are now closed. Please keep checking this page for more information about 2022/23

We strongly encourage PhD applications in the following broad areas:

Cities, Environment and Liveability

Security, Conflict and Justice

Education Childhood and Youth

Data, Communication and New Technologies

Wellbeing, Health and Communities

Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity

Civil Society, Development and Democracy

Our scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fees
  • An annual stipend to cover living expenses equivalent to UK Research Council rates
  • Research Training Support Grant

All scholarships are available as a +3 (PhD) or 1 + 3 (MA Social Research and PhD) basis to ensure students meet ESRC training benchmarks for social research methods.

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

If you are interested in studying for a PhD in Politics and International Relations, you are eligible for nomination by your supervisor to the WRDTP Studentships.
Find out more​​​


Our Faculty scholarships are open to applicants of any nationality and in any discipline within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Most ESRC White Rose DTP scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants; there may be limited opportunities for overseas students, and all applicants should check ESRC White Rose DTP 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.


We offer an outstanding academic environment for our PhD students. We provide an interdisciplinary research experience via the White Rose DTP to all our PhD students, regardless of scholarship funding source. Quantitative and qualitative methods training at both Masters and PhD level is provided by Sheffield Methods Institute. There are also opportunities for three month internships with public, private and voluntary organisations.

Further information about our Social Sciences Doctoral Training.

Timescales and how to apply

Information on the scholarship application process can be found here.


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 2020-21 Home 2021-22 Overseas 2020-21 Overseas 2021-22
MPhil and PhD fees £4,406 TBC £18,500 £19,450

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