University of Sheffield Research Scholarships

The University of Sheffield invests a significant amount of funding each year in order to support the very best postgraduate research students.

Applications for PhD scholarships for the 2021/22 academic year will re-open later in the year. Please keep checking this page for more information

Award details

Each Faculty can offer a range of University of Sheffield Research Scholarships which may include all or some of:

  • Fees (UK/EU or Overseas) and a full maintenance stipend at the UKRI rate (full-time rate £15,009 in 2019-20)
  • Fees (UK/EU or Overseas) and a half or partial maintenance stipend
  • Fees only (UK/EU or Overseas)
  • A contribution towards fees and/or maintenance
  • Access to Research Support funds for conference and other expenses

These scholarships fund up to three and a half years full-time or seven years part-time study, subject to satisfactory progress.

Part-time studentships are paid at 50% of the full-time rate.


  • You should have, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent.
  • You should be applying to start your first year of study on a full-time or part-time PhD with the University in academic year 2020-21 (after 1 October 2020).
  • Awards are open to UK, EU and international applicants.

How to apply

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 expertise.

How to apply for a PhD

Applications for University funded PhD Scholarships are submitted through the University's Postgraduate Online Application system.

Further information

If you have any questions about scholarships please see our FAQs or email