Funding your PhD

There are number of ways for you to fund your PhD in science at the University of Sheffield. Funding will usually cover your tuition fees and provide you with a 'stipend' to cover your living expenses. Please note that that some funding will only be available to students from the UK or another country in the European Union.

Many of the projects advertised on departments' websites will come with funding – for example, from a research council, or any Centre for Doctoral Training they are part of. If you are not eligible for a funded project, or you are applying for a project that does not come with funding, there may be other sources of funding listed on the department's website or on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students – follow the links below. It is also a good idea to contact the project supervisor, as they may be able to advise you on other sources of funding. 

If you have your own idea for a PhD project, you can contact a potential supervisor by visiting the research section of any science department's website. These webpages explain the research areas that each department covers, and the research interests of academic staff who may be able to supervise your PhD project and advise you on funding opportunities in their area. We also accept applications from students who are able to fund themselves.

You can find an overview of science PhD opportunities, including funded projects, and information on how to apply for your PhD, on the following webpages.

PhD opportunities

How to apply

Academic departments

The University of Sheffield's seven science departments list funding opportunities on their websites. These opportunities may be links to fully funded projects, including projects available through Centres for Doctoral Training. Departments may also provide links to sources of funding outside the University of Sheffield.

Funding opportunities in...

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