ESRC and Doctoral Academy Scholarships

The University of Sheffield, Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a significant number of PhD scholarships for 2018/19 entry. These include Doctoral Academy scholarships and ESRC scholarships available through our White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership competition.

We strongly encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative PhD applications in the following broad areas:

  • Cities, Environment and Liveability
  • Security, Conflict and Justice
  • Education Childhood and Youth
  • Data, Communication and New Technologies
  • Wellbeing, Health and Communities
  • Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity
  • Civil Society, Development and Democracy

Our scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fees
  • An annual stipend to cover living expenses equivalent to UK Research Council rates
  • Research Training Support Grant

All scholarships are available as a +3 (PhD) or a 1+3 (Masters and PhD), in combination with the MA Social Research


Our Doctoral Academy scholarships are open to applicants of any nationality and in any discipline within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Most ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants; there may be limited opportunities for overseas students, and all applicants should check ESRC White Rose DTP guidance before making an application.


To apply for Masters and PhD funding, you will need:

Qualifications or experience equal to a first or upper second class honours degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience

To apply for PhD funding, you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a Merit or Distinction in a Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience


We offer an outstanding academic environment for our PhD students. We provide an interdisciplinary research experience and advanced training to all our PhD students, regardless of scholarship funding source. There are extensive training opportunities within the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, which is led by University of Sheffield. Further information about our Social Sciences Doctoral Training.

The deadline for scholarship applications is 5.00pm on 24th January 2018.

Information on the scholarship application process can be found here.

AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have applied for a place of study in an eligible School, Department or Centre and may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. The studentship application form and details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website

Application information can be found here

Sasakawa Foundation Scholarship

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 23 January 2019 to explaining why you wish to be considered and why you think you are a good candidate.

The Dealine for all Scholarship applications listed ins 5.00pm 24th January 2019

For further information on postgraduate bursaries, scholarships and other financial assistance available from the University and external sources please see University´s central web pages for postgraduates scholarships.

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Current fees

Information about our current tuition fees can be found here.

Continuation/write up fee
If you go beyond your normal period of registration (3-years) and require more time to write-up your research, a continuation fee is charged instead of a tuition fee. You are required to pay the continuation fee at the beginning of your writing up year and will be refunded any overpayment, on a pro rata basis, if you submit before the end of the 12 month period

There are a number of additional fees which could apply to you throughout your studies depending on your circumstances. More information about these fees (including the continuation fee) can be found here.