University of Sheffield Research Scholarships for Black or Black British (of African or Caribbean heritage), Asian or Asian British (of Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Indian heritage) or multiple ethnic background including one of the ethnicity groups listed


The University of Sheffield is committed to increasing opportunities in doctoral research for particular minoritised students who are currently under-represented in our postgraduate research student population.

The Faculty of Health and Faculty of Social Sciences are currently recruiting to two PhD opportunities for students who are UK National, classified as ‘Home’ for tuition fee purposes and identify as Black or Black British (of African or Caribbean heritage), Asian or Asian British (of Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Indian heritage) or are of multiple ethnic backgrounds including one of the ethnicity groups listed above.

These awards are funded via philanthropic donations raised by the University of Sheffield's Campaigns and Alumni Relations (CAR) department.

Candidates will be required to complete a declaration form and upload it to their application.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate that they meet the same eligibility criteria as for any other applicant to their chosen department.

Award details

The scholarships cover tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the UKRI rate (£19,237 in 2024), as well as a generous training and development allowance. 

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, and meet any other entry requirements stipulated by your chosen department. 
  • You should be applying to start your first year of study on a full-time or part-time PhD in the 2024/25 academic year.

How to apply

All applicants are required to submit a study application via the Postgraduate Online Application Form and attach their completed declaration form to their application.

Applicants must select a start date of no earlier than 1st September 2024.

Applicants to the Faculty of Social Science should visit the faculty webpage contact the department they wish to apply to in the first instance. The application deadline is June 14th 2024.

Applicants to the Faculty of Health can apply to one or more of the projects below by June 26th 2024.

Prime editing approaches for COL4A1-related disorders

Developing gene therapy approaches for CADASIL 

Determining the cellular and molecular basis of seizure phenotypes in models of a human neurodegenerative disease

Investigation of C9orf72/USP8 interaction and its role in ALS/FTD

Axonal transport of mitochondria as a therapeutic target in ALS

A versatile approach to targeting mechanosensitive deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) in tissue damage and chronic inflammation using Molecularly Imprinted Nanoparticle Inhibitors (MINIs)

Fluorescent Labelling of Protein Hormones Interacting with Class B G Protein-Coupled Receptors: Insights into Ligand-Receptor Dynamics and Signalling

Developing targeted treatments for HNRNPU-related neurodevelopmental disorder using drug repurposing strategies

A targeted oncolytic adenovirus to treat multiple myeloma

Functional lung image synthesis using machine/deep learning: development, validation and application

Getting to the heart of cardiac infection using zebrafish models

Old age macrophages? Programming distinct immune behaviours across the lifecourse

Evaluation of the leukocyte contribution to innate immune responses to malaria vaccination

Breaking the cell wall barrier to find new drugs for antimicrobial resistant fungi

The role of endothelial PKD1 in endothelial dysfunction and formation of aortic aneurysms

Modulation of Smooth Muscle Cell Function by Neutrophil Microvesicles

The effects of research culture on the diversity and career progression for female ethnic minority staff in academia across disciplines: a mixed-methods analysis and thematic framework

Use of smart wearable devices in stroke rehabilitation trials

Finding alternative kinder drug treatments that work on chemoresistant Osteosarcoma 

Community based peer support in palliative care

Children with Speech Sound Disorders in Primary Schools: Views, Attitudes and Experiences of Children, Families, and Educators

Does the vault particle contribute to chemotherapy resistance in head and neck cancer?

A novel peptide based approach to inhibit growth of antimicrobial resistant pathogens

Machine learning models for prognosis prediction in periodontal treatment

Optimisation of skin-facing antimicrobial surgical devices produced through Additive Manufacturing

Utrasound as a healing modality for oral tissue

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