Funding your PhD
Some of the PhD projects available in Psychology come with specific funding to cover your tuition fees and living expenses – for example, a project may be funded by a research council or Centre for Doctoral Training. If you successfully apply for one of these projects, and you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically awarded the funding.
If a project does not come with specific funding, that does not mean that there is no funding available. There are several scholarship schemes that you may be able to apply for after you have submitted your application – check the eligibility requirements, application process and deadlines below.
It is a good idea to contact the supervisor of any PhD project you want to apply for, before you submit your application, as they may also be able to advise you on other sources of funding. We also accept applications from students who are applying for funding separately, or have funding in place already – please include any details in your application form.
Faculty fee scholarships are now closed and will re-open November 2019 for start dates October 2020.
In the Department of Psychology, we have one main source of funding for students starting a PhD in psychology.
Research council studentships
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 sometimes living expenses.
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.
Postgraduate Doctoral Loans
The UK Government has announced new Postgraduate Doctoral Loans to help with course fees and living costs while you study for a PhD.