PhD scholarships

We invest heavily in PhD study and the development of our postgraduate community.

Scholarships from the University of Sheffield and other sources help new postgraduate research students cover their tuition fees and living expenses.

On this page you'll find links to more information on:

PhD projects are also available throughout the year, many of which are funded.

University of Sheffield scholarships

Applications for PhD scholarships for study commencing in the 2020-21 academic year are now open.  These include:

Please come back for more information shortly.

What's included and how they're awarded

For full scheme details please look at the information on the schemes' pages

University of Sheffield Research Scholarships may cover tuition fees, stipend support, research training support funds or a combination of these.

The 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 and a good match with supervisor/department/faculty expertise.

Hossein Farmy Scholarships fund UKRI Fees and Stipend for 3.5 years and are awarded to UK students researching areas relating to Mining

The University of Sheffield - CSC scheme will provide the International Fee for 4 years for Chinese applicants who are successful in gaining support from the CSC for this joint channel.

Scholarship applications for study in the 2020-21 academic year are now open.  The closing date for these scholarships is Wednesday 29th January at 17.00 GMT.  In the interests of fairness, late applications will not be accepted.  Application for these awards is via the University's online application system.


University funded projects

The University also directly funds project-specific scholarships, such as joint Projects with the A*STAR consortium in Singapore. When available these projects will be advertised in the PhD projects directory.

Research Council scholarships

The UK Research Councils are a major source of financial support for research postgraduates.

How to apply

Applications for most Research Council Scholarships are made through the University, either through a central process for ESRC DTP Pathway/Interdisciplinary/AQM Awards or via the academic department/ project applications.

Applications for the AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities made via wrocah.ac.uk.

List of Research Council scholarships

Eligibility for UK, EU and international students


Other funding bodies

Many charities, foundations and trusts provide funding for postgraduate study, from small grants to full scholarships.  Some are for specific subject areas while others have more general eligibility criteria - see our list of additional funding.