PhD scholarships

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

Scholarships from the University of Sheffield and other sources are available for new postgraduate research students to help cover tuition fees and living expenses:

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

Applications for University Postgraduate Committee, Hossein Farmy, China Scholarship Council and ESRC White Rose DTP scholarships will reopen in November for entry in the 2019-20 academic year. Please keep checking this page for the latest on these schemes.

University of Sheffield scholarships

These 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.

Eligibility for UK, EU and international students

The University also directly funds project specific scholarships, such as the University Research Resource Scholarship. 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.

Applications for most Research Council Scholarships are made through the University, either through a central process (for ESRC DTP Pathway Awards - which are now closed for 2018-19 entry) or via the academic department.  Applications for the AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities are now closed.

List of Research Council scholarships

Eligibility for UK, EU and international students

University and Research Council PhD scholarship eligibility

Find out if you are eligable for the University of Sheffield and Research Council Scholarship schemes.

UK students

Eligibility for UK students

University of Sheffield scholarships

UK students are entitled to apply for:

The majority of these scholarships will provide Home fees and a maintenance stipend at the RCUK rate (£14,553 in 2017-18). The University Prize Award funds fees and a maintenance stipend of £20,000 per annum. However, some Doctoral Academy/Faculty Awards may consist of a fee payment or a stipend contribution

Additionally. project scholarships as listed in the projects directory are generally available to UK applicants unless specifically excluded.

Research Council scholarships

Awards for UK students normally cover tuition fees and a maintenance allowance at the RCUK rate (£14,553 in 2017-18).  A student who has not lived in the UK for the three years preceding their award may be entitled to a fee award only.

EU students

Eligibility for EU students

University of Sheffield scholarships

EU students are entitled to apply for:

The majority of these scholarships will provide EU fees and a maintenance stipend at the RCUK rate (£14,553 in 2017-18).  The University Prize Award funds fees and a maintenance stipend of £20,000 per annum.  Some Doctoral Academy/ Faculty Awards may consist of a fee payment or a stipend contribution.

Research Council scholarships

EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of their course are eligible for awards which cover tuition fees and a maintenance stipend at the RCUK rate (£14,553 in 2017-18).  EU applicants who do not meet this residency criteria are eligible for a fees-only award.

International students

Eligibility for international students

University of Sheffield scholarships

All international Students are entitled to apply for:

University Prize Scholarships will provide the primary international tuition fee and a maintenance stipend of £20,000 per annum. Doctoral Academy and Faculty Scholarships provide a range of awards including various level of fee and/or stipend support.

Chinese applicants can apply for the Joint China Scholarship Council - University of Sheffield Award.

Alumni Awards

Rewards worth £1,000 per year of study are available for all University of Sheffield graduates and siblings, spouses, sons and daughters of University of Sheffield graduates for all years of study. An additional £500 is available for University of Sheffield graduates who have received a first class honours undergraduate degree.

Students must be self-funding and classified as overseas for fee purposes.

Further information and an application form can be found on the International Office web pages.

Research Council scholarships

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) now accept applications from international students to fund PhD studies in Advanced Quantitative Methods. Please see White Rose DTP webpages for more details.

We may be able to support a small number of exceptional international students through out EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership - please contact your academic department direct to discuss this.

Some funding may also be available through the Doctoral Training Centres.

Other funding bodies

Many charities, foundations and trusts provide funding for postgraduate study, from small grants to full scholarships.  Some are for specific subjects area while others have more general eligibility criteria.

Additional funding