Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships

This page contains information for students in receipt of the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship and should be used for reference only.  


Information regarding the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship for prospective students is available from our prospective student website.


You must be a prospective student to apply for a Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship. 

100+ ScholarshipsThe University of Sheffield was pleased to offer 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home students who started a taught postgraduate course between September 2016 and September 2019. 

The scholarships are for students who met at least one of our widening participation criteria and/or students who achieved a first in their undergraduate degree. Successful applicants had the choice to use the scholarship towards fees or living expenses.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for a scholarship you had to meet the following four criteria:

  • Studying a taught postgraduate course full-time or part-time for a maximum of four years.
  • Domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU) and not charged international rate fees.
  • Not already qualified at masters level, or higher.
  • Must be self funding - courses fully funded by the NHS or the Initial Teacher Training bursary, or courses that are eligible for undergraduate funding such as integrated masters are not eligible.

And one or both of the following:

  • From a group that is evidentially under-represented among the institution's taught masters population - see the widening participation criteria below.
  • Already achieved or currently predicted a first class undergraduate degree.

NB: Students taking a PG student loan could also apply for a scholarship.

Widening participation criteria

You were eligible to apply for the widening participation element of the scholarship if you met any of the following:

  • You have been in care as a looked-after child for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14.
  • You have a disability.
  • You are a carer for an ill or disabled family member.
  • You were/are in receipt of a Maintenance Grant as an undergraduate.
  • You are from a black and minority ethnic group.
  • You are female applying for a postgraduate taught course in the Department of Economics; Aerospace Engineering; Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering; Bioengineering; Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering; Department of Civil & Structural Engineering; Department of Computer Science; Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering; Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • You are a male applying for a postgraduate taught course in the School of Nursing and Midwifery; Department of Human Communication Sciences; Department of Psychology; Department of Sociological Studies; the School of English, Department of Oncology and Metabolism or the School of Education.
  • You come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. If your postcode IMD value is 16,250 or less, you meet this criteria. You can check your postcode ranking using the IMD website. Please note this information only covers addresses in England.
  • You come from an area where it is unusual for people to go to university. This is defined by the government's classification called Polar 3, to meet this criteria your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2 in the young participation quintile or the Adult HE qualification quintile. You can check your postcode quintile using the POLAR search tool. Please note this information only covers address in the UK.

For criteria relating to your postcode we used the home address where you lived during your last year of school or college.

Academic merit criteria

You were eligible to apply for the academic merit element of the scholarship if you achieved a first in your undergraduate degree. 

Selection Process

A selection panel consisting of senior academic and professional services staff considered all scholarship applications. The panel looked at personal circumstances of those who meet widening participation criteria and take into account achievements of the academic merit applicants.  All applications were anonymised and the decision of the panel was discretionary and final.

When making their decision, the panel gave regard to the following:

  • Applicant has provided a clear rationale for applying for a postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield.
  • Applicant has identified clearly how the scholarship will be beneficial to their student experience.
  • Applicant has clearly articulated future ambitions; these goals relate to the postgraduate degree he/she has applied for, and they involve appropriate and credible contribution from which others will benefit.

You were not required to apply for your course prior to submitting your scholarship application.

Students in receipt of one of the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships are not eligible for the Alumni Reward.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone about the awards, please contact the Financial Support Team.