White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership funding

You can apply for funding from the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, to study at the University of Sheffield.

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We strongly encourage 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 1 + 3 (MA Social Research and PhD) basis to ensure students meet ESRC training benchmarks for social research methods.


Most ESRC White Rose DTP scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants, but there are some opportunities for overseas students too. All applicants should check ESRC White Rose DTP guidance before making an application.

Scholarships can be held in any department within the Faculty. Initial enquiries should be made directly to the academic department in which you wish to study.


We offer an outstanding academic environment for our PhD students. We provide an interdisciplinary research experience via the White Rose DTP to all our PhD students, regardless of scholarship funding source. Quantitative and qualitative methods training at both masters and PhD level is provided by Sheffield Methods Institute. There are also opportunities for three-month internships with public, private and voluntary organisations.

Further information about our Social Sciences Doctoral Training.

Timescales and how to apply

Applications for 2020 are now closed. Applications for start in 2021 will open in November 2020, with a deadline in January 2021. Information on the scholarship application process can be found here.

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