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Research scholarships and bursaries

Faculty scholarships

The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a range of PhD scholarships for 2017/18 entry. These include Doctoral Academy scholarships, with further scholarships likely to be available through the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership competition.

We strongly encourage PhD applications in the broad interdisciplinary areas below. These interdisciplinary pathways indicate the sorts of training a student will receive in a particular disciplinary/interdisciplinary or thematic area of social science during the course of their PhD. We can talk to you to help you identify the pathway that's the best fit for your proposal.

DTP pathways:

Cities, Environment and Liveability.

Climate/environmental/ecological changes, the politics of sustainability and the importance of urban and rural dynamics and interconnections.

Academic staff involved in this area of research:

Security, Conflict and Justice.

Organised crime, policing and surveillance studies.

Academic staff involved in this area of research:

Education, Childhood and Youth.

Childhood studies.

Academic staff involved in this area of research:

Data, Communication, and New Technologies.

Big data, social media, data visualisation, digital health.

Academic staff involved in this area of research:

Wellbeing, Health and Communities.

Concerns multi-disciplinary perspectives on health, wellbeing, inequalities, ageing, e-health, and emergency care.

Academic staff involved in this area of research:

Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity.

Poverty, pensions, and welfare.

Academic staff involved in this area of research:

Civil Society, Development and Democracy.

Citizenship, inequality, migration, race, and ethnicity.

Academic staff involved in this area of research:

Timescales and how to apply

Applications can be made from 1 November 2016. The deadline for scholarship applications is 5.00pm on 1 February 2017. Information on the scholarship application process can be found here.

Your scholarship application will not be considered if you do not apply for admission. To apply for admission please click here. The scholarship application is a section on the admissions system which can be completed at any point. However, we recommend that applicants submit their application to study with us as soon as possible to allow time to process it and resolve any queries in advance of the funding deadline.

**Please note that students must have also applied for a study place at Sheffield to enable a scholarship application to be made. Their start date must be after 25/9/2017 to make the scholarship application available through the application process and need to commence their studies before 30/10/2017.**

We particularly welcome proposals which involve collaboration with non-academic partners.

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 a 1+3 (Masters and PhD), as well as on a full- or part-time basis.

Eligibility

Our Doctoral Academy scholarships are open to applicants of any nationality and in any discipline within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Most ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants; there may be limited opportunities for overseas students, and all applicants should check ESRC White Rose DTP guidance before making an application.

To apply for Masters and PhD funding, you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a first or upper second class honours degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience.

To apply for PhD funding, you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a Merit or Distinction in a Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience.

All our 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.

Training

We offer an outstanding academic environment for our PhD students. We provide an interdisciplinary research experience and advanced training to all our PhD students, regardless of scholarship funding source. There are extensive training opportunities within the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, which is led by University of Sheffield.

There are also opportunities for three month internships with public, private and voluntary organisations which enable students to apply their research skills to a more practical environment. Previous students have benefited from internships at organisations such as the Department of Work and Pensions and Oxfam.

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