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 are now closed for the following scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year:

  • University Postgraduate Research Committee (UPGRC) Scholarships
  • Hossein Farmy Scholarships
  • China Scholarship Council

In the interests of fairness, late applications will not be accepted.

Results will be issued to applicants as soon as possible as the different funding streams allow. We aim to issue all outcomes by 30 April 2019.

What's included and how they're awarded

These University of Sheffield 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.

    Scholarship applications for study in the 2020-21 academic year will reopen in late autumn 2019.

    Project-specific scholarships

    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 subjects area while others have more general eligibility criteria.

    Additional funding