Open scholarships calls and schemes

This page details scholarships calls and schemes that are open for supervisors and existing students to apply to.

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Prospective students enquiring about scholarships should visit the postgraduate recruitment web pages where they can find information on University and Research Council scholarships, and a range of external funding opportunities.

Information for prospective students

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Research Student Publication Scholarship scheme (Now Open)

The University has committed part of its PGR scholarships budget to fund a number of competitive ‘Publication Scholarships’ each year. These scholarships are to enable postgraduate research students registered at the University of Sheffield who submit their thesis within their tuition fee paying period (or in the case of a 3 year tuition fee paying period, within 3.5 years) to be funded for an additional period to refine and reformat key findings from their PGR research programme for publication. This is to support PGRs to focus on completing their thesis during their main registration period, and pursue opportunities for publication after submission. Publication is broadly defined here, recognising that not all outlets will be via a written format. This scheme is not designed to enable additional data collection or further primary research. Applications are open to those who do not have another substantial source of incoming following thesis submission (such as postdoctoral employment or a full-time position outside of academia).

This scholarship scheme offers a maintenance stipend at the standard UKRI rate (either full-time or part-time pro rata) for three months. There will be two rounds per year: one closing in June for students submitting before the end of the following February, and one closing in January for students submitting before the end of the following August. Students are eligible to apply no sooner than 6 months prior to the planned submission date. 

Submission of the thesis within the tuition fee-paying period is a primary consideration for the Publication Scholarship scheme. To be eligible to apply, applicants on programmes with 3.5 or 4 year fee-paying periods must have submitted their thesis, or plan to submit their thesis, within their tuition fee-paying period. Applicants on programmes with a 3 year tuition fee-paying period will preferably have submitted their thesis, or plan to submit their thesis, within their fee-paying period. However, applications will also be accepted from applicants on programmes with a 3 year fee paying who have submitted their thesis, or plan to submit their thesis, within 6 months of the end of their fee-paying period (i.e. within 3.5 years of first registration overall). Students will be asked to supply details of their fee-paying period as part of the application process, to confirm eligibility. 

Please note, references to tuition fee-paying period above are inclusive of any covid-related extension which has extended the original fee-paying period. References to submission of thesis relate to first submission only.

Applications from self-funded students are strongly encouraged. 

Applications will be accepted from those who meet the above criteria and are planning on submitting their thesis for the first time before 28 February 2023. The feasibility of the proposed submission date must be confirmed by the supervisor. Awards will be made conditionally on the proposed date for thesis submission being achieved. This date can only be extended in exceptional and unforeseen circumstances where an LOA is approved, extending the planned submission date accordingly.

    The criteria which will be taken into account in assessing applications from eligible candidates are as follows:

    • your career plans and how the publication scholarship will support you to achieve your goals
    • a realistic plan and supervisor’s support to submit the publication by the proposed date, which should be no later than the end of the 3 month publication scholarship period
    • a suitable outlet has been identified and justified
    • the research findings have significance and rigour and are highly likely to be of interest with the intended audience
    • you have prior agreement from your supervisory team regarding authorship contributions
    • you have the support of your supervisory team, as well as agreement from your department to provide space, if required (this will be assessed on the basis of the supervisor statement).

    Applications will be assessed by academics from across the University, not just your field/department or faculty. Therefore your application should  clearly address the criteria with this audience in mind and not assume reviewers will be experts in your field. 

    In order to mitigate against unconscious bias, the application forms provided to the panel for assessment will only include the student registration number. Applicants and their supervisors are asked to avoid the use of names and gendered pronouns when completing the application statements. 

    Scholarships may be held either between thesis submission and viva or after the viva and before the award is made. Applicants should note that the University would not make the award of your doctoral degree before the end of the publication scholarship in order that you remain a registered student during the period of the scholarship.

    Successful awardees will be asked to provide Research Services with a final draft of their paper at the end of the award period. They will also be asked to complete a short end of award report. This report will ask about progress against the goals in the application and also future plans. 

    Publications must be deposited in the White Rose Repository (and other subject specific repositories) and acknowledge both the University’s support and the support of the PGR funder (where applicable). Publisher embargos will be respected, but ultimately the manuscripts will be available via ‘green’ open access.

    To apply, please complete an application form, and upload it to this Google Form.

    The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 23 June 2022.

    Faculty of Engineering and AMRC Manufacturing Research studentships (Closed)

    Faculty of Engineering and AMRC Manufacturing Research studentships

    Submission date: Thursday 22nd October (5pm)
    The Faculty of Engineering is pleased to invite applications for a competition for 2 studentships which support new research collaboration between the Faculty and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). These studentships are funded from the University’s EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Grant.

    Award details 

    These studentships will commence in February 2021 and provide 42 months' home fee, UKRI stipend and £4500 total RTSG. The students assigned to the projects should submit their thesis at the end of that funded period.

    Students should comply with the normal EPSRC residency requirements.

    Scheme information

    The Faculty of Engineering is supporting 2 PhD studentships to manufacturing research projects which support new collaboration between the Faculty and the AMRC.

    The call is designed to strengthen the partnership between the Faculty of Engineering and AMRC, and seed a pipeline of new ideas for our manufacturing research, linking the lower TRL activities in the Faculty with higher TRL activities and manufacturing capabilities at the AMRC.

    The University’s low TRL manufacturing research activities have grown significantly in size over the past 5 years, with a portfolio of >£40m within EPSRC’s ‘Manufacturing the Future’ theme (1st in UK). This portfolio includes leading two EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hubs (advanced powder processes and electrical machines) and programme grants in key activities (digital twins, resource efficiency).

    Applications are not restricted in technical scope, however we are looking to fund applications which establish new collaborations between the Faculty and AMRC, and have the potential for future growth, eg via future research grants or leveraging the relationship with AMRC partners.

    We have recently undertaken a series of activities to stimulate collaboration between faculty and AMRC including a scoping workshop in March 2020 and a themed workshop on Data Science in July 2020 (although applications are not limited to ideas emerging from these activities).

    Applications should involve collaboration between one department in Engineering and AMRC, with one supervisor in Engineering and one supervisor in AMRC. We particularly welcome applications from Early Career Researchers.

    For enquiries about the scheme please contact Dr Richard France, Faculty of Engineering

    PhD project proposal for 2022/23 EPSRC CASE awards (Closed)

    CASE awards provide PhD students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and partner organisations, eg industry and policy making bodies.

    To ensure that the University meets the EPSRC target of converting 10% of its total Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) block grant to formal CASE awards, we have set aside part of our grant for this purpose.

    Academic supervisors from any department can put forward a CASE application, as long as the project fits within the EPSRC remit and research areas.

    Award details

    • In line with the industrial CASE awards provided by EPSRC, four years' funding per studentship will be provided. Students will be required to submit their thesis within the four year period.
    • Partner companies must be willing to provide an additional third of the total value of the EPSRC award (partner contribution being approximately £30K minimum) over the 4 year funded period (cash, rather than 'in-kind'). This additional funding may be used to top up the student’s stipend or for other costs of the project.
    • The student must spend at least three months at the company, and the company pays any travel and subsistence costs.
    • The CASE awards will run to the same guidelines as the EPSRC Industrial CASE scholarships as described on the EPSRC website.
    • CASE awards are in addition to departmental allocations and will be awarded competitively. Our expectation is that departments would in any case favour projects with CASE matched funding, so that proposals which are unsuccessful in this competition could be funded from any available EPSRC DTP allocation.
    • Awards are for an October 2022 start.

    Benefits to the student

    • Industrial CASE provides outstanding students access to training, facilities and expertise not available in an academic setting alone.
    • Students benefit from a diversity of experimental approaches with an applied/translational dimension.
    • Students have an opportunity to develop a range of valuable skills and significantly enhance their future employability; many will become research leaders of the future.

    Benefits to the academic / partner organisations

    • Industrial CASE studentships encourage productive engagement between partners who benefit from a motivated, high-quality PhD student undertaking cutting-edge research relevant to the organisations' priorities and objectives.
    • The studentship provides opportunities to explore novel research collaborations and strengthen current partnerships.

    Defining an excellent CASE studentship

    • High-quality project: a challenging, feasible and realistically achievable PhD project which stimulates excellent hypothesis-driven research. Through a truly collaborative approach, it provides tangible benefits to all partners.
    • High-quality training environment: through access to distinctive but complementary environments, partners provide a stimulating framework for research training in the proposed field. Joint supervision gives a unique and broadening perspective on the impact of collaborative research.
    • High-quality student experience: an enriched integrated training experience allows the student to acquire novel skills and expertise. The student gains a wider understanding of, for example, applied research or policy development that will enhance their future career prospects.

    International candidates (including non-settled EU citizens)

    UKRI allows 3 student starts in 10 within a Training Grant to be international, and will allow a stipend to be paid, but will only provide the tuition fee at the home level. Supervisors wishing to recruit an international candidate to their EPSRC DTP project will be required to nominate the candidate for approval to ensure that the 30% cap is not exceeded. Details of the process for approval of international candidates will be circulated in the new year and will be led by the faculties of Engineering and Science. International candidates who are approved via this process will receive a tuition fee scholarship funded by the University covering the difference between Home and Overseas fee.

    Further information

    Assessment takes into account the quality of the proposal, the level of industrial engagement (this level of cash contribution is considered here, but is not a dominant consideration so long as the minimum EPSRC threshold is met), the quality of the training and the potential for the partnership with the company to lead to further research or impact.

    Applications will be reviewed by an internal panel with representatives from the faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Dentistry and Health.

    EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) 2022/23 early career academic competition (Closed)

    The University is pleased to invite applications from Early Career Academics for a competition for studentships funded from the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Grant.

    Award details

    These studentships will commence in October 2022 and provide 42 months' home fee, RCUK stipend and £4,500 total RTSG. The students assigned to the projects should submit their thesis at the end of that funded period. A later start date will only be considered in exceptional circumstances so you should ensure that, if successful, you have a clear recruitment strategy for the October 2022 start date.

    Students should comply with the normal residency requirements.

    Scheme information

    This scheme is to provide Early Career Academics within EPSRC Portfolio areas an opportunity to gain supervisory experience and to help to build an independent research group. We would normally expect Early Career Academics to be no later than 10 years post-PhD, but the panel will consider any personal circumstances (such as extended career breaks, secondments in Industry etc) which mean that an individual may be considered ECR beyond the 10 years.

    Applicants should consider the University’s guidance regarding eligibility to supervise. All PGRs should have a supervisory team and the applicant may be the second supervisor.

    Download the University's Supervisory Policy (PDF,287KB)

    We are keen to enable a diverse group of early career supervisors to access studentship funding. Early Career Academics who already receive funding to set up PhD studentships (for example as a new lecturer or fellow) via other departmental or faculty sources are not eligible for this scheme.

    Eligible supervisors may only make one application (whether as primary or secondary supervisor).

    Application process

    Applications should be submitted via the Google application Form by 12 noon, 14th December 2021. 

    A copy of the content of the form is available online for information purposes. Please note that the Google Application Form must be submitted by the deadline in order for your project to be put forward for consideration.

    International candidates (including non-settled EU citizens)

    UKRI allows 3 student starts in 10 within a Training Grant to be international, and will allow a stipend to be paid, but will only provide the tuition fee at the home level. Supervisors wishing to recruit an international candidate to their EPSRC DTP project will be required to nominate the candidate for approval to ensure that the 30% cap is not exceeded. Details of the process for approval of international candidates will be circulated in the new year and will be led by the faculties of Engineering and Science. International candidates who are approved via this process will receive a tuition fee scholarship funded by the University covering the difference between Home and Overseas fee.

    A*STAR-Sheffield Research Attachment Programme (ARAP) 2022 student entry (Closed)

    Please note that A*STAR have changed their deadlines for student nominations. Nominations must be made by 15 November 2021 for 2022 start. Deadline for supervisor proposals to be submitted to Sheffield is August 6 at noon. Selected proposals will be submitted to A*Star to enable student recruitment to start in September 2021.

    • The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) in Singapore, together with the University of Sheffield, have a Research Attachment Agreement for PhD students. The programme provides an excellent opportunity for doctoral students to experience research mobility in well resourced, high quality laboratories. It provides excellent opportunities for supervisors to build on existing collaborations or form new ones in Singapore.
    • Potential supervisors interested in the scheme should contact their potential co-supervisor directly.
    • A list of A*Star research institutes is here.

    Supervisor proposal process

    • Projects should be developed and proposed by the two supervisors, to Sheffield in the first instance, and, following panel assessment, are subject to approval by A*Star.
    • Students are funded for 48 months, with thesis submission expected at month 48 at the latest.
    • It is expected that students will spend approximately half of the programme in Sheffield and half in Singapore, with the distribution of time and research activity to be determined by the supervisory team at the outset as part of the proposal.
    • Supervisory teams should think carefully about the split of time required and should be realistic in their proposal. The University needs a realistic estimate to determine how many awards it can make with the funding available.
    • Students will be expected to adhere to the proposed split of time, unless there are exceptional circumstances (research facilities are unavailable due to fire, for example).
    • Supervisors with approved proposals will then be able to advertise for students.
    • Proposed students have to be nominated to, and approved by A*Star, providing certain paperwork prior to appointment. Advice on this will be provided to successful supervisors.

    Period of Study

    • Submission of thesis is expected by the end of month 48 at the very latest.
    • It is expected that students will spend approximately half of the programme in Sheffield and half in Singapore, with the distribution of time and research activity to be determined by the supervisory team at the outset as part of the proposal.
    • Supervisory teams should think carefully about the split of time required and should be realistic in their proposal. The University needs a realistic estimate to determine how many awards it can make with the funding available.
    • Students will be expected to adhere to the proposed split of time, unless there are exceptional circumstances (research facilities are unavailable due to fire, for example).

    Supervision

    • Each student will have a supervisory team consisting of at least one supervisor each from Sheffield and the A*Star Institute.
    • Supervisors are expected to visit the student at least once per year whilst they are in the other location (Sheffield supervisors may claim expenses for this purpose).

    Award detail

    • For each student admitted to the 4-year programme, A*Star will provide the following financial support, whilst the student is in Singapore:
    • Living allowance: A monthly stipend of two thousand, five hundred Singapore Dollars (~£1,300) whilst in Singapore.
    • A one-off "settling-in allowance" of one thousand Singapore dollars (~£530).
    • A one-time airfare allowance of one thousand five hundred Singapore dollars (~£800).
    • One-time IT allowance of eight hundred Singapore dollars (~£425)
    • Consumables and Bench Fees incurred by students when based at A*Star in Singapore.
    • Cost of medical insurance while the student is based at A*Star.
    • Medical insurance, Housing subsidy, Conference allowance.
    • Whilst in Sheffield, students receive primary fees (£4,500 in 21/22) and stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,609 in 2021/22). In addition, students may be able to claim up to £500 from Sheffield towards the costs of an airfare back to the UK whilst they are in Singapore in order to make a home visit. This will normally only be available for students who meet the normal expectations of spending approximately half of the programme (2 years) in Singapore.
    • Please note that there is no funding for RTSG, conference expenses, or additional bench fees while in Sheffield. Those deemed necessary should be provided by the supervisor/department as appropriate.

    Student eligibility

    • Academic requirements: applicants should have, or expect to achieve a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK in an appropriate area of study.
    • Allowed study options: applicants should be registering on their first year of study with the University for 2022/23 on an eligible programme of doctoral study.
    • Residency restrictions - awards are open to UK and EU nationals and certain other people who have 'settled' status in the UK.
    • Have strong referee reports from previous supervisors.
    • Preferably have prior research experience.

    Application process

    • Projects are proposed by the two supervisors, to Sheffield in the first instance, and, following panel assessment, subject to approval by A*Star.
    • Supervisors with approved proposals will then be able to advertise for students.
    • Proposed students have to be nominated to, and approved by A*Star, providing certain paperwork prior to appointment.
    • Advice on this will be provided to successful supervisors.

    University of Sheffield EPSRC doctoral prize fellowship (Closed)

    Closed

    EPSRC National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) innovation placements (Closed)

    Scheme information - please note that placements undertaken within this scheme must be completed by 31/3/2020. If you are interested in applying to this fund, please submit your applications as soon as possible.

    The University is pleased to have been awarded EPSRC National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) funding to support current students with EPSRC funding (such as DTP, CDT, ICASE) who are working in areas of relevance to the Industrial Strategy, to under take innovation placements.

    The funding is designed to be used to develop key skills through provision of additional placement opportunities.

    This could include

    • entrepreneurial training/placements
    • relevant placements with industry
    • relevant placements with policy organisations relevant to the Industrial Strategy
    • exploratory small projects/placements with SMEs
    • summer schools and conference placements relevant to Industrial Strategy challenges
    • other placements to support and increase the impact arising from doctoral research which is relevant to the Industrial Strategy

    The funding will cover the costs directly related to the placement such as stipend, travel and subsistence costs where these are over and above the student's normal expenditure, fees for relevant training or events, etc.

    Please note that an agreement will need to be put in place with the host organisation.

    This may be an integral part of the student's existing award, in which case a suspension or an extension of the student's funded period is not required. In other cases, there may be a case for the student's funded period to be extended, funded by this money.

    This opportunity is available on a rolling basis until the funding is committed. A panel will meet monthly to review the applications.

    Post award

    We will require students to complete a short evaluation form at the end of the placement as we are required to report to EPSRC on numbers, partners, impact etc.


    Who to contact

    If you have any questions about any of the schemes listed please email pgr-scholarships@sheffield.ac.uk.

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