Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships

We're offering 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home students starting a taught postgraduate course in 2019.

100 plus scholarships

The scholarships are for students who meet at least one of our widening participation criteria and/or students who achieve a first in their undergraduate degree.

If your application is successful you can use the scholarship towards fees or living expenses – the choice is yours.

Eligibility criteria

You can apply for a scholarship if you meet all of the following four criteria:

  • You'll be studying a taught postgraduate course full-time or part-time for a maximum of four years.
  • You're domiciled in the UK or European Union and are not charged international rate fees.
  • You're not already qualified at masters level, or higher.
  • You're self funded. Courses fully funded by the NHS or the Initial Teacher Training bursary, or courses that are eligible for undergraduate funding such as integrated masters are not eligible.

And one or both of the following:

  • You're from a group that is evidentially under-represented among the institution's taught masters population - see the widening participation criteria below.
  • You've already achieved or currently predicted a first class undergraduate degree - see the academic merit criteria below.
Widening participation criteria

You are eligible to apply for the widening participation element of the scholarship if you meet any of the following:

  • You have been in care as a looked-after child for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14.
  • You have a disability.
  • You are a carer for an ill or disabled family member.
  • You were/are in receipt of a Maintenance Grant as an undergraduate (if you started your undergraduate course after August 2016 you will need to provide evidence from the Student Loans Company to confirm your household income was assessed as £40,000 or less).
  • You are from a black and minority ethnic group.
  • You are a woman applying for a postgraduate taught course in the Department of Economics; Aerospace Engineering; Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering; Bioengineering; Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering; Department of Civil & Structural Engineering; Department of Computer Science; Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering; Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • You are a man applying for a postgraduate taught course in the School of Nursing and Midwifery; Department of Human Communication Sciences; Department of Psychology; Department of Sociological Studies; the School of English, Department of Oncology and Metabolism or the School of Education.
  • You come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. If your postcode IMD value is 16,250 or less, you meet this criteria. Please note this information only covers addresses in England.
  • You come from an area where it is unusual for people to go to university. This is defined by the government's classification called Polar 3, to meet this criteria your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2 in the young participation quintile or the Adult HE qualification quintile. Please note this information only covers addresses in the UK.

To check your eligibility for the two postcode criteria above, use the postcode lookup tool. We'll use the home address where you lived during your last year of school or college.

Academic merit criteria

You are eligible to apply for the academic merit element of the scholarship if you achieve, or are predicted, a first in your undergraduate degree.

If you are awarded a scholarship we will require an academic transcript as evidence.

How to apply

Applications for the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship are now closed. The deadline to submit an application was 5pm (UK time) Monday 13 May 2019.

All applicants have now been contacted with the outcome of their application.

Selection process

All applications will be reviewed by senior members of academic staff and/or Student Support Services staff.

When reviewing your application we'll look at personal circumstances, widening participation criteria and take into account academic achievements. All applications are anonymised and the decision is discretionary and final.

When assessing your application, we will give regard to whether you:

  • have provided a clear rationale for applying for a postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield.
  • have identified clearly how the scholarship will be beneficial to their student experience.
  • have clearly articulated future ambitions; these goals relate to the postgraduate degree he/she has applied for, and they involve appropriate and credible contribution from which others will benefit.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application before Friday 28 June 2019.

Please note the scholarship application is a separate process to applying for a course. Being awarded a scholarship does not guarantee you will be made an academic offer. To apply for a course please use our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

You are not required to apply for your course prior to submitting your scholarship application.

Further information regarding the awards can be found below.

Further information
  • Successful recipients of the scholarship will receive the award in four instalments.
  • The scholarship can be used towards fees or living costs.
  • You must be starting a new, stand alone postgraduate course to receive the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship 2019.
  • Students intending to take a Postgraduate Loan are classed as self-sponsored and are eligible to apply for the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • Courses that are funded by the undergraduate funding system or are fully NHS funded are not eligible.
  • Integrated masters, such as the MArch, are not eligible for the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship.  
  • If you are in receipt of one of the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships, you are not eligible for the Alumni Reward discount.
  • You must not have already achieved a Masters qualification.

Financial Support Team

For specific questions about fees, bursaries, scholarships and financial support.
+44 114 222 1319