Funding your PhD

Where possible, when you are applying for your PhD, we will try to find funding to cover your tuition fees and living expenses. You may be eligible for funding from one of the sources below, but some funding is not available to students from outside the UK or the European Union.

It is a good idea to contact the supervisor of any project you are interested in applying for, as they may be able to advise you on other sources of funding. We also accept applications from students who are able to fund themselves.

See also: Tuition fees at the University of Sheffield

Departmental scholarships

In the Department of Psychology, we have two main sources of funding for students starting a PhD in psychology.

Departmental Teaching Fellowships
Departmental Teaching Fellows are PhD students with limited teaching duties, such as demonstrating in undergraduate tutorials and helping to supervise undergraduate research projects. Funding is provided to cover their tuition fees and living expenses over four years.


Research council studentships

Each year, we expect to be able to fund PhD students with funding from one or more of the research councils listed below. Tuition fees are paid at the standard UK/EU rate, and a stipend to cover living expenses is provided over three or four years at the research council's standard rate. Students from outside the UK or the European Union may also apply for a research council studentship, but they will need to demonstrate that they have funding to cover the difference in tuition fees.

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Medical Research Council

Scholarships from the University of Sheffield

Scholarships from the University of Sheffield and external sources are available for new PhD students to help cover tuition fees and living expenses.

Postgraduate research scholarships

The University of Sheffield has lots of information and advice about how to fund your PhD on its webpages for postgraduate students. You can find information about tuition fees, check your fee status and use the University of Sheffield's student funding calculator tool.

Financial information for PhD study