Funding your PhD

You may be eligible to apply for a scholarship to fund your PhD, depending on your field of research, and whether you are a UK/EU or overseas applicant.

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The tables below show the main scholarship sources for PhD students in the Faculty of Social Sciences.


About the funding process

There may be other scholarships available within the University and externally that are not included here.

You must have applied for PhD study and been accepted for a place at the University before you can submit an application for a PhD scholarship.

You should discuss the most appropriate scholarship for you with your supervisor or department. Scholarships are very competitive, and your application will need to be tailored to the most appropriate source.

There are also different routes for scholarship applications, and your supervisor/department will be able to advise once you have established the most appropriate scholarship application for you.

The main scholarships competition in the University closes at the end of January, and decisions are made and communicated to applicants between the end of February to the end of April, depending on the scheme.

Most scholarships cover tuition fees and provide a stipend (student living allowance), plus a Research Training Support Grant to cover research costs and consumables. However, you should check the details of each scholarship when you apply.

If you're applying for a project in one of our departments, check if you're eligible for any funding it comes with.


Scholarships which fund PhD study developed by the applicant 

Scholarship

Organisation

Application process

Eligibility

ESRC Pathway Scholarships White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Department nominates applicants for scholarships UK / EU applicants
ESRC AQM Pathway Scholarships White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Department nominates applicants for scholarships UK / EU / overseas applicants
AHRC Scholarships White Rose College of Arts and Humanities Direct application to White Rose College of Arts and Humanities UK / EU applicants
University Postgraduate Research Committee Scholarships University of Sheffield Department nominates to Faculty selection process UK / EU / overseas applicants
China Scholarship Council Scholarships University of Sheffield / China Scholarship Council Department nominates to Faculty; Faculty nominates to University for final selection Chinese nationality applicants

Scholarships offered with an existing research project  

Scholarship

Organisation

Application process

Eligibility

ESRC Collaborative Studentships White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership / University of Sheffield Apply for PhD project UK / EU applicants
ESRC Network Studentships White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership / University of Sheffield Apply for PhD project UK / EU applicants
ESRC CDT Data Analytics Scholarships ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Analytics Apply for PhD project UK / EU applicants (overseas self-funding)
AHRC Collaborative Scholarships White Rose College of Arts and Humanities Apply for PhD project

UK / EU applicants

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