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Research scholarships and bursaries

Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Funding the World's Brightest PhDs - Scholarships to support PhD Study at the University of Sheffield.

Faculty of Social Science Scholarships

The University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a range of PhD scholarships for 2018/19 entry. These include Doctoral Academy scholarships, and scholarships 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:

Entry requirements

  • 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 only. There are limited opportunities for overseas students under specific schemes. All applicants, please see here for further guidance.
  • 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. For ESRC funding, you must have already completed the full research training requirements either through a Master's Social Science Research degree or equivalent experience. (For further details, please see the 'Eligibility criteria' section here).

How to apply

  1. Apply for admission to the Department, making sure your start date is 24/9/2018 or later. We strongly advise you to make your application in good time (at least two weeks before the scholarship deadline), as we are unable to consider scholarship applications if you don't hold an offer to study in the Department. We strongly recommend you develop and finalise your PhD application in consultation with your prospective supervisors before you complete a scholarship application. To apply for admission please click here.
  2. Make your scholarship application. Please note this is done through the same system as your PhD application (above).

The deadline for scholarship applications is 5pm on 24 January 2018. Further information on the scholarship application process can be found here.

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.

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, through our Social Sciences Doctoral Training programme. There are further training opportunities within the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.

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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