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

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

This scheme is currently on hold, but will be updated when the pause is over

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Research Student Publication Scholarship scheme

The University’s Publication Scholarships aim to enable key findings from a PGR research programme to be refined and reformatted for publication. This scheme is not designed to enable additional data collection or further primary research.

This scholarship scheme offers a maintenance stipend at the standard UKRI rate for upto three (3) months on a competitive basis to enable PGR's who submit their thesis within their time limit and who can demonstrate the following:

- That you have a realistic plan and your supervisor’s support to submit the publication by the proposed date, which should be no later than the end of the three month period.
- That a suitable outlet has been identified
- That the research findings have significance and rigour and are highly likely to be of interest with the intended audience.
- That you have prior agreement from their supervisory team regarding authorship contributions.
- That you have the support of your supervisory team, as well as agreement from their department to provide space, if required

Scholarships may be held either between thesis submission and viva or during the period of corrections.

Applications for the scholarship may be made when the planned submission date is within 6 months of the application deadline date. If thesis has not already been submitted the planned date must be stated in the application and the feasibility of this proposed date confirmed by the supervisor. Awards will be made conditionally on this date for thesis submission being achieved.

Publications must be deposited in the White Rose Repository 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.

Applications must be submitted via the Google Form  by the deadline.  Guidance and the form attachment should be downloaded and should be completed and attached to the application form

Faculty of Engineering and AMRC Manufacturing Research Studentships (Now open closing date Thursday 22nd October 2020)

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 (e.g. 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 - r.m.france@sheffield.ac.uk

Application Process

Applications should be submitted via the Google Form at https://forms.gle/58iyjXcUyPDpXn9N9

A copy of the content of the form is available online for information and drafting 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.

PhD Project Proposal for 2020/21 EPSRC CASE Awards - NOW 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 e.g. 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.


Students should comply with the normal EPSRC nationality and residency requirements

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.

How to apply

The Google Application Form should be completed and submitted by 12 noon on Monday 20th January 2020. Please ensure that a letter of support from the partner company is attached when submitting this form.

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

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) Early Career Academic Competition - NOW CLOSED The University is pleased to invite applications from Early Career Academics for a competition for 8 studentships for the University of Sheffield, funded from the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Grant.

Award Details

These studentships will commence in October 2020 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 nationality and 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 into 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. Details on the University's Supervisory Policy can be found at
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1E3Hh9jNG3_Pqsgh6k5YccfXVKo2MSBnk/view
Or via this link; https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/rs/supervisors/index

Application Process

Applications should be submitted via the Google application Form

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

A*STAR-Sheffield Research Attachment Programme (ARAP) 2020/21 NOW CLOSED
  • 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.

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 details

  • 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 (~£1,050) whilst in Singapore.
  • A one-off "settling-in allowance" of one thousand Singapore dollars (~£420).
  • A one-time airfare allowance of one thousand five hundred Singapore dollars (~£630).
  • 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.
  • Whilst in Sheffield, students receive primary fees (£4,326 in 19/20) and stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,009 in 2019/20). 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.

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 2020/21 on an eligible programme of doctoral study.
  • Residency restrictions - awards are open to UK and EU applicants only.

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
  • Supervisors should submit a completed Google application form by noon on Thursday 28th November 2019.
  • 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.
University of Sheffield EPSRC Doctoral prize Fellowship 2020

REVISED Application Deadline: 22 OCTOBER 2020 at 12 noon
In recognition of the issues there have been in completing PhD’s and that some students have had extensions to their EPSRC funded PhD, please note that the deadline for applications has been delayed until 22 October. The deadline for starting the EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship has also moved from 1 Jan 2021 to 1 June 2021. Those applicants who have had a funded extension will be expected to submit their thesis by the new funding end date to be eligible to accept an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship.

Scheme Overview

The EPSRC Doctoral Prize scheme supports fellowships of between twelve months full time duration and 24 months at no less than 50%, for exceptional researchers who have recently finished an EPSRC-funded PhD. The University of Sheffield has up to 5 awards to make every year.
These are prestigious fellowships that are intended to provide support for outstanding candidates who are beginning to develop independent research careers. They are not intended as follow-on support to enable recently graduated students to continue working on their PhD project.
We are looking to provide opportunities for candidates who anticipate applying for prestigious fellowships (for example, those offered by the EPSRC, Royal Academy of Engineering or the Royal Society) and would benefit from a further years' funding before making such applications.
This is an annual call for applications and students from other institutions who meet the eligibility criteria may also apply to join TUoS under this scheme.
Financial Details
The fellow's salary will be calculated based on the standard TUoS starting salary for postdoctoral researchers. Applicants can also request research expenses including travel & subsistence, consumables and facilities costs. Typically, requests of up to £12K will be considered reasonable, although it is recognised that this will vary by domain. All costs, except for the fellow's salary, need to be fully justified. Note that the funds cannot be used to buy any single piece of equipment costing more than £10,000.

Eligibility

● Applicants should be either;
● a final-year doctoral student undertaking an EPSRC-funded PhD due to complete before the end of December 2020, or
● a researcher who has recently completed an EPSRC-funded PhD (if your viva took place on or after 1 September 2019 you can apply as a recently completed postgraduate)
● The proposed project must be primarily within the EPSRC remit;
● The candidate must have the support of their host Department, who will nominate a suitable mentor for the applicant;
● The project mentor must not be the candidates' PhD Supervisor
● The proposed project must be no longer than 12 months (fulltime) in duration. The University wants to support applicants to achieve a balance between their personal and work demands and is happy to discuss individual requirements and consider part time and other flexible working arrangements. The request for a part-time Research Fellowship (at no less than 50% of full-time equivalent) must be made clear within the application. Alternatively, the Fellowship can be converted from full time to part time, or from part time to full time, during the fellowship, assuming the host department and HR supports the request.
● The candidate must have received EPSRC PhD funding prior to the award;
● The candidate must have submitted their PhD before the fellowship can commence;
● Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.
● The University is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all underrepresented groups across engineering. It is the University’s policy to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged or receives less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Proposal

Proposals should be led and submitted by the fellowship candidate. The application should consist of a:
● Completed application form
● 2-side CV (written in font size 11 or above (Arial or Times New Roman) with 2cm margins all around)
● 1-side Host Department Letter of Support
The Letter of Support (no more than one side) should be signed by the relevant Head of Department. As well as detailing the personal qualities of the applicant, it should detail the fit of the proposed project to the Department's research strategy, and the support the candidate will receive if successful (including mentoring).

Further information

If you have any questions about this scheme please contact b.littlejohn@sheffield.ac.uk
Application Form
Application Guidance Notes
Criteria for evaluating Doctoral Prize Fellowship applications 2020
FAQs

Review

Applications will be considered by a small panel of academics. As part of the assessment, applicants may be asked to attend a short 15-minute interview during which they will also provide a 3-minute presentation about their proposed project. Interviews will be held at UoS (exact timings & date TBC). For external candidates, to minimise travel requirements, it will be possible to join this interview virtually. Depending on demand, it may be necessary to pre-select a subset of candidates for interview based on the documents submitted.

The criteria used by the panel to select successful candidates will be as follows:

Quality of proposed research

Quality of project plan, including workplan; ambition; realizability; level of detail – all for academic impact and also for impact, engagement, outreach, knowledge transfer.

Research capacity of applicant

Underpinning research excellence; previous success during PhD; capacity of applicant to realize project ambitions; intellectual, practical and management abilities; potential to become an inspirational researcher or team leader.

Independence and initiative of applicant

Strategic vision; intellectual independence; capacity for boundary crossing (between disciplines, between academia and non-academic stakeholders); adaptability; potential for applicant to become a research agenda setter.

Communication and engagement skills of applicant

Communication and engagement skills, including ability to develop and maintain a network of academic and non-academic contacts throughout own work area; and to present findings at conferences and conduct effective working relationships.

Potential impact of DPF

Potential impact of the support on the host department and the university; potential impact of the fellowship on the applicant, taking account of career ambition.

EPSRC National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) Innovation Placements - NOW 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.

How to Apply
Please fill in this short form to make your application. Forms should be submitted by a member of the student's supervisory team

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.