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.

Eligiblity for Research Council-funded scholarships

AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)

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 2020 will be Wednesday 29th January at 17.00 GMT.  Applications can be made via wrocah.ac.uk.

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 will be advertised on the PhD Projects Directory

BBSRC (Biotechnology & Biological Research Council)

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 2020/21 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 (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)

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

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 (Economic and Social Research Council)

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, Interdisiplinary and Advanced Quantitative Methods awards through a central competition.  The deadline for applications for these awards for 2020/21 entry will be Wednessday 29th January 2020 at 17.00.

Applications for ESRC Pathway, Interdisiplinary and Advanced Quantitative Methods awards at the University of Sheffield are submitted through the University's Postgraduate Online Application system and will open for applications in November 2019.

Application Guide

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,

MRC (Medical Research Council)

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

NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)

ACCE DTP

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

STFC (Science and Facilities Technology Council)

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