Fees and funding

Postgraduate Research Scholarships for 2019/2020 entry

The deadline for Scholarship applications for 2019/2020 entry has now passed.

We are looking for talented postgraduate researchers for PhD Scholarships available for entry in October 2019.

You can still apply for a place to study in the department.

You are also required to complete a separate Scholarship application through our PhD application system. View the video available here to find out how to apply.

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and Faculty Scholarships

The University of Sheffield, Faculty of Social Sciences has funding for a number of PhD scholarships for 2019/20 entry. These include ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and Faculty scholarships through the University Post Graduate Research Committee.

White Rose DTP Scholarships are offered in the following broad areas:

  • Cities, Environment and Liveability
  • Security, Conflict and Justice
  • Education Childhood and Youth
  • Data, Communication and New Technologies
  • Wellbeing, Health and Communities
  • Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity
  • Civil Society, Development and Democracy

In USP, most applications are aligned to the 'Cities, Environment and Liveability' theme.

The scholarships offer

  • UK/EU 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), in combination with the MA Social Research. This route ensures students meet ESRC training benchmarks for social research methods.


Our Faculty scholarships are open to applicants of any nationality and in any discipline within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Most ESRC White Rose DTP 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

Full eligibility criteria can be found here.

Initial enquiries should be made directly to our Research School Director, Dr Glyn Williams -

Information on the scholarship application process can be found here.

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.

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 bioeconomy
  • 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

Further information about this scholarship and how to apply can be found 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.

Bespoke methods training is designed and delivered through the Sheffield Methods Institute which has world class research expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods. 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.

Further Information

Further information on tuition fees  for postgraduate research study can be found via the links below. The amount of fees paid depends on whether you are classified as a home or an overseas student.

Continuation/writing up fee

If you go beyond your normal period of registration (3 years) and require more time to write-up your research, a Continuation Fee is charged instead of a Tuition Fee. You are required to pay the Continuation Fee at the beginning of your writing up year and will be refunded, on a pro rata basis, if you submit before the end of the 12 month period.

There are a number of additional fees which could apply to you throughout your studies depending on your circumstances. Further information can be found here.

Additional costs

There are no mandatory additional costs that economics PhD students can expect to incur during their course.

During their studies PhD students may want to purchase equipment, present their research at conferences and undertake additional training. All PhD students within USP are eligible to apply for funding from the departmental postgraduate research support fund to support attendance/presentation at relevant academic conferences. You may also be eligible to apply to other sources of funding, for example, from the Faculty of Social Sciences.