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 the University, either through a central process, via the academic department or directly through a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).
A summary of the opportunities available at the University of 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. Please also check your eligibility for Research Council scholarships prior to application.
Scholarship opportunities for each Research Council can be found below:
- AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
- BBSRC (Biotechnology & Biological Research Council)
- EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
- ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
- MRC (Medical Research Council)
- NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
- STFC (Science and Facilities Technology Council)
White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH)
The White Rose College of Arts and Humanities is a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) 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 (Visit the WRoCAH webpages for further information):
- Open Competition Awards. The competition for 2024 entry is closed. Access further details on how to apply.
- Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs)
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships
The AHRC also work with key partners to make Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Awards.
These are recruited on a project by project basis and any that are available are advertised on the PhD Projects Directory.
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. Details about the application process can be found on the DTP webpages
BBSRC iCase and CTP Awards
The BBSRC funds 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).
EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)
The University of Sheffield also recruits to several EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).
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).
CDTs 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
EPSRC iCASE awards
The EPSRC works with key partners to fund Industrial CASE awards.
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.
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 (AQM) awards through a central competition. The competition for 2024 entry is closed.
Funding is also awarded via supervisor-led Collaborative Awards which are currently open. Please see here for more details.
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 Doctoral 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 2024/25 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.
AURA Centre for Doctoral Training
The AURA Centre for Doctoral Training is jointly supported by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council.
The ECORISC Centre for Doctoral Training aims to identify, understand and effectively manage the risks of chemicals through the use of state-of-the art science and out-of-the box thinking.
STFC Scholarship funding
The STFC provides fundings to students at Sheffield, predominantly to students within the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Please contact your department directly for details on potential STFC funding opportunities.
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