Fees and Funding

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There are many different funding and scholarship opportunities for PhD research in Politics. PhD applicants are eligible to apply for the following:

Scholarship

Politics

Web pages

Application format

Deadline

Submission route

Departmental Doctoral Teaching Associate Studentship Poltics tbc Open competition for applicants own proposals tbc Via department and
University scholarship system
White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Pathway scholarships Social Science - Politics

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/
studentships/postgraduate-strategy/doctoral
-training-partnerships/

Open competition for applicant’s own proposal 5pm 1 February 2017 Via department and
University scholarship system
White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Interdisciplinary Scholarships Social Science – interdisciplinary http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/
studentships/postgraduate-strategy/
doctoral-training-partnerships/
Open competition for applicants own proposals 5pm 1 February 2017 Via department and
University scholarship system
White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards Social Science – Politics http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/
studentships/postgraduate-strategy/
doctoral-training-partnerships/
Open competition for applicants own proposals 5pm 1 February 2017 Via department and
University scholarship system
White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) scholarships Humanities based Politics http://wrocah.ac.uk/new-student/ahrc-competition/ Open competition for applicants own proposals 5pm 1 February 2017 Send scholarship application
directly to WRoCAH following
agreement with supervisor
(check this)
Faculty of Social Science Doctoral Academy Scholarships Politics https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/
research/scholarships/facultyandda
Open competition for applicants own proposals 5pm 1 February 2017 Via department and University
scholarship system
White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Collaborative Awards Social Science – Politics http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/studentships/postgraduate-strategy/doctoral-training-partnerships/ Competition to an already defined project tbc Via department; submission
process announced when
scholarship projects are announced
White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Network Awards Social Science – Politics http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/studentships/postgraduate-strategy/doctoral-training-partnerships/ Competition to an already defined project tbc Via department; submission
process announced when scholarship
projects are announced
Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures Politics http://grantham.sheffield.ac.uk/training/ Competition for an already defined project tbc

Via department; submission process announced when scholarship project announced

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. The following levels of tuition fees have been set for the academic year 2016/17. These are likely to increase for future sessions:

Home and EU students (Full-Time, 2016/17): £4,120 PA

Overseas students (Full-Time, 2016/17): £15,250 PA

If you have any doubt about whether you should be classified as an overseas student or not please write to the The Admissions Service with full details of your own and your family's residential history.

Funding and Scholarships

PhD Scholarships 2017/18 Entry

The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a range of PhD scholarships for 2017/18 entry. There are a number of schemes. These include Doctoral Academy scholarships with further scholarships available on a competitive basis through the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership 

There are also scholarships via the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities

Scholarships are very competitive. If you are thinking of applying, we recommend that you contact the Department in the first instance to check your eligibility and to prepare your application with the support of your potential supervisors and of professional staff with expertise in the application process.

For the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership competition, we strongly encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative PhD applications, and that you link your proposal to one of the DTP themes:

  • 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


What our scholarships cover

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

Scholarships are available as a +3 (PhD) or a 1+3 (Masters and PhD), as well as on a full- or part-time basis.


Eligibility

To apply for Masters and PhD funding (1+3 award) you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience

To apply for PhD funding (+3 award) you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a Merit or Distinction in a Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience

The Doctoral Academy scholarships are open to applicants of any nationality and in any discipline within the Faculty of Social Sciences. For ESRC-funded DTP scholarships home students are eligible for the full award. Students from the EU are eligible for fees only scholarships, unless they have been resident in the UK for more than three years. If in doubt about your eligibility, check with the Department.


Training

We offer an excellent academic environment for our PhD students. We provide an interdisciplinary research experience and advanced training to all our PhD students, regardless of scholarship funding source. There are extensive training opportunities within the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, which is led by University of Sheffield. There are also opportunities for three month internships with public, private and voluntary organisations which enable students to apply their research skills to a more practical environment.


Timescales and how to apply

The deadline for scholarship applications is 5.00 pm (GMT) on 1 February 2017. In order to be considered for a scholarship you must have already been offered a place to study in the Department. To ensure that you receive your offer in time, you should aim to submit your PhD application well before the scholarship deadline.

Information on the scholarship application process can be found here

If you have any question about applying for a PhD scholarship to study in the Department of Politics please contact the Postgraduate Research Administrator, Sarah Cooke on s.cooke@sheffield.ac.uk or 0114 222 1640

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 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.

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