Fees and scholarships

Information on scholarships and our current course tuition fees for study commencing in autumn 2023.

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If you wish to be considered for any of the scholarships listed below, we strongly advise you to submit your application to The School of East Asian Studies by 5th January 2023, 11:59pm. This will allow us time to work with you and ensure your application is of the highest quality, ahead of final submission by the deadlines listed at the links below. 

Current fees

Information about our current tuition fees

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

The WRDTP is a collaboration between the universities of Sheffield, York, Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Manchester Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam.  It offers a range of social sciences studentships within seven thematic interdisciplinary training pathways:

  • Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL)
  • Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ)
  • Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY)
  • Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT)
  • Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC)
  • Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP)
  • Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD)

All scholarships are available as a +3 (PhD) or a 1+3 (Masters and PhD), in combination with the MA Social Research. This route ensures students meet ESRC training benchmarks for social research methods.

Full scholarship detail and eligibility criteria

Initial enquiries should be made directly to us at the School of East Asian Studies.

AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities will be offering at least 48 PhD studentships starting in October 2023 at Leeds, Sheffield and York, through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP2) scheme.

Students can make only one application for funding through the Open Competition Studentships scheme. Projects are welcome from all departments, not just Arts & Humanities, so long as the research falls within the remit of the AHRC.

The studentship application form and details of how to apply are available from the WRoCAH website.

To be eligible for funding, applicants for WRoCAH AHRC Studentships must have applied for a PhD programme at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship Programme

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation’s Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship Programme was designed to support the development of Japanese studies in the UK.

Scholarships are worth £10,000 and intended to be used for 1 year's study at either taught postgraduate or research postgraduate level.

In order to be considered for a Sasakawa scholarship, please send a letter of application by 5th January 2023 to Megan Morris explaining why you wish to be considered and why you think you are a good candidate.

China Scholarship Council

This scheme provides academically excellent Chinese students with the opportunity to study for a PhD at the University of Sheffield. The scholarships are supported jointly by the China Scholarship Council and the University of Sheffield. 

The University of Sheffield will fund tuition fees for 3.5 years.  Students are expected to submit their thesis within this period.  CSC will fund a grant for living costs for up to 4 years, and one return flight from China to the UK. 


  • You must be applying to start a new full-time PhD programme at Sheffield
  • You must have a strong academic background
  • You must be a national of and reside in, mainland China (not including Hong Kong or Macau) 
  • You must also be intending to return to China once your programme is completed
  • You will require an unconditional offer from the University of Sheffield including meeting both academic and English language criteria
  • Satisfy all of the CSC’s selection criteria

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and the fit of the applicant’s proposed research programme with Sheffield’s identified research priorities:

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and the bioeconomy
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • The changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of citizens

Candidates should be intending to pursue research in one of the priority academic areas identified by Sheffield and CSC.  However, applicants to other study/research areas will also be considered subject to the availability of relevant programmes of study at Sheffield.  Up to five scholarships will be supported per year. 

Applications for CSC for 2023 entry are open with a formal deadline of Wednesday 26th January 2023 at 17.00. In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must also have informed SEAS of your intention to apply by our internal deadline of Friday, 6th January

For further information or advice regarding any of these scholarships please contact us on seas-pgradmin@sheffield.ac.uk

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