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 central PhD scholarships for study commencing in the 2020-21 academic year are now closed

These include:

In the interest of fairness, late applications will not be accepted. Decisions will be issued in the coming months. If you've not heard the outcome of your application by 30 April 2020 please email

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.

List of Research Council scholarships

Eligibility for UK, EU and international students

Departmental/ Project scholarships

Departments and Supervisors may have funding for specific projects throughout the year.  When available these projects may be advertised in the PhD projects directory or information provided on Departmental webpages

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.