Fees and scholarships
We are committed to the development of our postgraduate research community, and we provide a range of funding and scholarship opportunities to our PhD students.
Thinking about PhD study? Join us for our next virtual event
We recently hosted a PhD study event for anyone who may be considering pursuing a PhD with the Department of Sociological Studies. The session, led by PGR Director, Dr Jo Britton, and PGR Admissions Tutor, Dr Kate Weiner, covered:
- What is a PhD?
- What does a PhD involve?
- How do I apply?
- What funding is available and how do I apply for it?
You can view a recording of the event below. You can also view the slides from the session here.
Postgraduate research tuition fees
The tuition fee you pay in your first year will increase (in line with inflation) for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fees for part-time degrees are usually charged at half of the rate of full-time degrees across twice the number of years (subject to an increase in subsequent years in line with inflation).
The tuition fee you pay in your first year will be the same for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fees for part-time degrees are usually charged at half of the rate of full-time degrees across twice the number of years.
Postgraduate research scholarships
In order to be considered for a studentship, you must also apply for a place to study in the Department. Please submit this application at the latest by 14 January 2022, preferably sooner. This allows time for your PhD proposal and application to be assessed, any queries to be addressed and for you and your prospective supervisors to concentrate on finalising your scholarship application. Please note - we will not consider your studentship application unless we receive your application for a place to study in the Department by this date.
- White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships 2022/23
Economic and Social Research Council funding for PhD scholarships at Sheffield is predominantly awarded by the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. This is a partnership between the seven Universities of Leeds, York, Sheffield, Bradford, Hull, Sheffield Hallam and Manchester Metropolitan.
The White Rose DTP awards a number of Pathway, Interdisciplinary and Advanced Quantitative Methods awards through a central competition.
Information about the awards can be found on the White Rose DTP webpages.
Applications for ESRC Pathway, Interdisciplinary and Advanced Quantitative Methods awards at the University of Sheffield are submitted through the University's Postgraduate Online Application system. The application window for applications to these awards for 2022/23 entry will open on November 1st 2021. The deadline will be Wednesday 26th January 2022 at 17.00 GMT.
- 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 around 48 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.
Please note that scholarship applications for the 2020-21 academic year have now closed.
- 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 Scholarship will cover:
- University Tuition Fees
- A grant for living costs
- One return flight from China
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.
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 bio-economy
- 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
This scheme is opening soon - please click here for more information.
Funding opportunities for international students
The University holds a range of funding opportunities for international PGR applicants.
Where country specific scheme exist, they will be listed on the country pages here.
Our PhD finder also lets students search by funding status here.
PhD training in the Faculty of Social Sciences
As part of the Faculty of Social Sciences you will have access to world class training alongside your doctoral study. The Social Sciences Doctoral Training programme is tailored to your individual needs to ensure you have the right skills you need to develop your research.
The training programme is designed to exceed current UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) training and development guidelines, and gives all our social science PhD students access to ESRC-funded White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership cohort activities, regardless of your source of funding.
All our students receive interdisciplinary training and experience opportunities via the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, and additional discipline specific training is provided in each of our departments.
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