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.

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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

Home students

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).

Overseas students

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.

PGR tuition fees


Postgraduate research scholarships

All scholarship applications are made through the University's Postgraduate Online Application Form. When you start the application, you will see a drop down box that asks you which scholarship/s you are interested in. You should tick all that apply. The system will then open the appropriate application form based on your selection.

EPSRC/BBC Studentship

 Designing for All: Trust and Inequalities in the Context of Data-driven Media:

The University of Sheffield and BBC R&D are offering a 4-year full-time EPSRC/BBC funded PhD studentship. The successful applicant will research the challenge of delivering equitable provision of future media in the context of growing digital inequalities.

The studentship will cover:

  • University Tuition Fees
  • Travel, equipment and research costs
  • A generous enhanced stipend

Applicants applying for more than one of the four studentships should indicate that they are doing so in their applications.

Prior experience and key attributes:

By the start date, the successful applicant for the studentship should have a first class or high upper second class honours degree and preferably a Masters qualification or comparable professional experience.

●      First or upper second class honours degree or equivalent

●      Masters degree (or equivalent experience) in a relevant area

●      Interest in the role and impact of media technology in society

●      Interest in one or more of the following: social/digital inequalities, the role of public service media in society, digital media and data-driven change.

●      Desire to create technical, practical or policy interventions that ensure socially beneficial outcomes

●      Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a research group

●      Willingness to engage with BBC context and a broad range of stakeholders and audiences to disseminate the research

●      Ability and willingness to travel between the BBC and University site, as required                                                                                                                  

This studentship is now open for applications. The deadline for this opportunity is the 11th May 2022.

PLEASE BE AWARE THIS PhD IS NOW ONLY OPEN FOR UK STUDENTS.

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Centre for Doctoral Training in New Horizons in Borders and Bordering

The Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training provides a stimulating interdisciplinary environment for students to research a key global challenge. There are 6 projects for students starting their PhD in the 2022 - 2023 academic year. These projects sit under two key themes: this theme, New Horizons in Borders and Bordering, and the Emerging Urban Inequalities theme.

The following projects are available in the New Horizons in Borders and Bordering CDT: 

  • Project 1: Border struggles in ‘doing family’
  • Project 2: Externalising borders and refugee migration
  • Project 3: Challenging racialised borders and boundaries in British Secondary School

This studentship is now open for applications. The deadline is the 4th June 2022

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ESRC Centre for Care: PhD Studentship:  An Intersectional Analysis of Unpaid           Care

The ESRC Centre for Care is pleased to offer a PhD studentship based in the Department of Sociological Studies. The Centre is led by investigators in five universities, three major charities and the Office for National Statistics, and will work in close partnership with a large network of partners and leading international research teams, co-producing its research with people who need care, carers, care workers and others.

The PhD will focus on the intersectionality of unpaid care, with scope to explore the profile of care and caring, wellbeing outcomes, and the impact of support; and how these vary over time and place. The research will be conducted using a range of advanced quantitative methods on large-scale nationally representative data that track individuals over time and capture changes in life circumstances, unpaid caregiving and wellbeing outcomes. This work will provide insights into important inequalities in care and caring trajectories according to these characteristics and establish an evidence base for support and interventions. The findings will provide policy makers and practitioners with evidence to better understand the implications of unpaid caring and care on inequalities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The deadline for this opportunity has now passed.

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ESRC Centre for Care: PhD Studentship: The Impact of Digital Technologies on Care and Caring Relationships

The ESRC Centre for Care is pleased to offer a PhD studentship based in the Department of Sociological Studies. The Centre is led by investigators in five universities, three major charities and the Office for National Statistics, and will work in close partnership with a large network of partners and leading international research teams, co-producing its research with people who need care, carers, care workers and others.

The PhD will focus on a key area of policy and practice in social care in the UK: the use of digital technologies in caring contexts and arrangements. It will be situated within the Centre for Care’s Digital Care Theme which explores the barriers, benefits and risks associated with the use of the latest digital technologies in care policy and practice. The PhD research will examine the implications of digital technologies — including care-specific and mainstream, commercially available devices – on care and relationships, with a particular focus on how people configure or combine technologies to support ‘good’ care and wellbeing at key points of transition (e.g. particular lifecourse events, across different care settings). The methodology will include a range of qualitative methods such as interviews, observations, diaries and network mapping.

The deadline for this opportunity has now passed.

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ESRC Centre for Care: PhD Studentship: Bordering Care in Neo-liberal Migration Regimes

The ESRC Centre for Care is pleased to offer a PhD studentship based in the Department of Sociological Studies.

The ESRC Centre for Care is a new research centre established following a highly competitive process run by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The Centre is led by investigators in five universities, three major charities and the Office for National Statistics, and will work in close partnership with a large network of partners and leading international research teams, co-producing its research with people who need care, carers, care workers and others.

The PhD will focus on ways in which migration policies shape families’ capacities to care across international borders. It addresses questions around how care is re-imagined and re-constructed by transnational families in the context of bordering regimes, the strategies families develop to navigate policy constraints and the outcomes of such constraints, including any particular racialised, classed, gendered and aged inflections. Situated within the Centre for Care’s Care Trajectories and Constraints Research Group, which has a particular focus on Borders and Care, the PhD will be multi-sited and mixed-methods, including for example, critical policy analysis and participatory / arts-based methods. Focusing on experiences of UK and non-UK citizens with family members overseas, the precise countries / migrant groups will be negotiated between the successful candidate and the supervisory team.

The deadline for this opportunity has now passed.

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University of Sheffield Research Scholarships

Applications for 2022/23 entry for Research Scholarships in the Faculties of Engineering, Social Sciences, and Medicine, Dentistry and Health are now open.

Faculties can offer a range of University of Sheffield Research Scholarships which may include all or some of:

Fees (UK or Overseas) and a full maintenance stipend at the UKRI rate (full-time rate  £15,609 in 2021/22) Fees (UK or Overseas) and a half or partial maintenance stipend Fees only (UK or Overseas)

These scholarships fund up to three and a half years full-time or seven years part-time study, subject to satisfactory progress.

Part-time studentships are paid at 50% of the full-time rate.

  • A contribution towards fees and/or maintenance
  • Access to Research Support funds for conference and other expenses

The deadline for 2022 entry has now passed.

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

Eligibility

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

The deadline for 2022 entry has now passed.

Funding opportunities for international students

The University holds a range of funding opportunities for international PhD 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.

Find out more about our Social Sciences Graduate School

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