PhD Research Council scholarships
UK Research Councils are a major source of financial support for research postgraduates.
Applications for Research Council scholarships are made through to University, either through a central process or via the academic department or direct through a Doctoral Training Partnership or Centre for Doctoral Training.
A summary of the opportunities available at Sheffield are outlined below.
We recommend that prospective students contact their intended Department in the first instance to find out what opportunities may be available.
White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH)
The White Rose College of Arts and Humanities is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. WRoCAH is responsible for the distribution of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded studentships for these universities and for the co-ordination of a doctoral training programme
There are two main types of WRoCAH Scholarships.
The closing date for scholarship applications for these awards for entry on 1st October 2021 will be Wednesday 27th January at 17.00 GMT. Applications can be made via wrocah.ac.uk.
White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology
The White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology awards Project and CASE scholarships supported by the BBRSC and the partner Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield.
Students are recruited to pre defined projects. The application process for 2021/22 entry can be found on the DTP webpages
BBSRC I Case and CTP Awards
The BBSRC funds some projects in collaboration with external companies.
These are recruited on a project by project basis and will be advertised on the PhD Projects Directory
EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Departmental & Competition Awards
The University benefits from a large grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to support Research Studentships within their portfolio. These are allocated to Departments and to certain Projects (including CASE Conversion projects which are run in conjunction with an Industrial Collaborator).
The majority of these awards are made directly to students by eligible Departments within the University. Projects recruiting with EPSRC funding will be advertised on the PhD Projects Directory
EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training
The University of Sheffield also recruits to several EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT'S)
These EPSRC-funded Centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today's evolving issues, and future challenges. They also provide a supportive and exciting environment for students, create new working cultures, build relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry.
Students are funded for four years and include technical and transferrable skills training, as well as a research element. Many Centres leverage additional studentships from other sources (eg university funding, EU funding, industrial funding, private funding etc).
CDT's recruiting students based at Sheffield include
- Centre for Doctoral Training in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems
- Centre for Doctoral Training in Growing Skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear (GREEN)
- Centre for Doctoral Training for Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRE)
- Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems
- UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Speech and Language Technologies and their Applications (SLT)
- Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Biomedical Materials
- Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment (AURA) (with the Natural Environment Research Council)
- Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semi Conductor Manufacturing
ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership
Economic and Social Research Council funding for PhD scholarships at Sheffield is predominantly awarded by the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. This is a partnership between the seven Universities of Leeds, York, Sheffield, Bradford, Hull, Sheffield Hallam and Manchester Metropolitan.
The White Rose DTP awards a number of Pathway, Interdisciplinary and Advanced Quantitative Methods awards through a central competition.
Information about the awards can be found on the White Rose DTP webpages.
Applications for ESRC Pathway, Interdisciplinary and Advanced Quantitative Methods awards at the University of Sheffield are submitted through the University's Postgraduate Online Application system. The application window for applications to these awards for 2022/23 entry will open in late Autumn 2021. The deadline will be Wednesday 26th January 2022 at 17.00.
Applicants who are interested in applying for a WRDTP studentship are invited to attend an information session for guidance on the application process. These will be held on a virtual basis, using Blackboard Collaborate, on the following dates:
Standard WRDTP Pathway/AQM Awards
Thursday 14 October 2021, 10am-11am
Thursday 18 November 2021, 5.30pm-6.30pm
WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation Pathway Awards
Wednesday 13 October 2021, 2-3pm
Tuesday 16 November 2021, 5.30pm-6.30pm
To book your place on either session, please follow this link.
Potential supervisors of applicants are also welcome to attend these sessions for further information.
ESRC WRDTP Projects
The WRDTP also recruits to Collaborative projects (with external partners) and to a Network of projects from the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield. These projects, when announced, will be advertised on the PhD Projects Directory
ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Analytics and Society
Data Analytics and Society is an ESRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training providing postgraduate research and training across the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.
Recruitment is via Projects and details on applying will be advertised on the CDT pages when available,
Discovery Medicine North Doctorla Training Partnership (DiMeN)
The Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) Doctoral Training Partnership allocates Medical Research Council funds across the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.
Recruitment to this Doctoral Training Partnership is via project applications, details of the recruitment round for 2020/21 entry can be found on the DiMeN webpages
ACCE (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment) is a NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership with the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and York and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
At Sheffield students are recruited to the DTP from the Departments of Animal and Plant Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Geography, Civil and Structural Engineering and Archaeology.
The AURA Centre for Doctoral Training is jointly supported by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council