Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships

We're offering 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home students starting a taught postgraduate course in 2020.

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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 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 and be aged under 25 on the first day of your course.
  • You are estranged from your parents and are aged under 25 on the first day of your course. 
  • You have a disability.
  • You are a carer for an ill or disabled family member.
  • As an undergraduate student you were/are in receipt of support from the Student Loans Company which indicates that your household income was assessed as £40,000 or less. 
  • 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. You can check your postcode ranking using the IMD website. You should check the postcode for the address you lived at during your last year of school or college. Please note this criteria only applies to students who live 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. You can check your postcode quintile using the POLAR search tool. You should check the postcode for the address you lived at during your last year of school or college. Please note this criteria only applies to students from the UK.
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 to confirm you achieved a first.

How to apply

Applications are open. The deadline to submit your application is 5pm Monday 11 May 2020

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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.

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 two 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 2020.
  • 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 NHS funded are not eligible.
  • Students who receive the Social Work Bursary from the NHS cannot receive the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • 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.

funding@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 1319