Fees and Funding


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

Funding and Scholarships

The University of Sheffield has funding for a range of PhD scholarships for 2018/19 entry. Prospective students can now apply for these scholarships to support their PhD study in the Politics Department. These scholarships include:

Click here for 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. If you are among the brightest and best in your field, we want to hear from you.

Eligibility Criteria

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

You also need to ensure that you meet our standard PhD entry criteria, click here for details.

Deadlines and How to Apply

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

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 of 24 January 2018. 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. The deadline for this is Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 17:00 GMT

Other Scholarship Funding

Other scholarships and funding to help cover tuition and living expenses may also be available throughout the year. Click here for details.


If you have any questions about applying for a PhD scholarship to study in the Department of Politics please contact Sarah Cooke:
Email: s.cooke@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: 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.

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 years 2017/18 and 2018/19. These are likely to increase for future sessions:

Home and EU students (Full-Time, 2017/18): £4,194 PA. (Full-Time, 2018/19): to be confirmed

Overseas students (Full-Time, 2017/1): £16,000 PA. (Full-Time, 2018/19): £16,800 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.

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