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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.

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

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.

Learn more