International Merit Postgraduate Scholarships 2017 at University of Sheffield

Publish Date: Nov 17, 2016

Deadline: Jun 16, 2017

Our Merit Postgraduate Scholarships are worth 50% of the annual postgraduate tuition fee.

Key dates

  • A link to the online scholarship application will be sent by email to all eligible students from January onwards.
  • Applicants must have applied for a study place by 16 June 2017.
  • The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday 23 June 2017.
  • Scholarship results will be announced Friday 28 July 2017.

Part-time work

International students are legally entitled to work in the UK for up to 20 hours during term-time.

We recommend no more than 16 hours per week for part-time work.

Your studies will take up a lot of your time when you are here and it is important to make them your priority.

The Student Job Shop has details of term-time and vacation job opportunities available in Sheffield. You can access 'myVacancies', the Careers Service vacancy database through MUSE. You can also get help and advice on preparing job applications and access information about working as a student.

The Student Jobshop is run by the Careers Service in partnership with the Students´ Union.

Eligibility and award criteria

To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be a national of or permanently domiciled in one of the following:

East and South Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Mauritius

Middle East and North Africa: Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco

West Africa: Benin, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Togo, Guinea

Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea, Taiwan, USA, Canada, India, Jordan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey.

Living costs

Sheffield is one of the best value cities to live and study in the UK. Living costs are 10% lower than the UK national average and 25% lower than London.

To qualify for a visa, the UK government calculates your living costs as £1015 per month for your study at Sheffield.

The information below will give you an idea of the budget you'll need for your time in Sheffield for 2016-2017:

  • £9,135 - Undergraduate students (nine months in Sheffield from September to June)
  • £12,180 - Postgraduate students (twelve months in Sheffield from September to August)

The above budget will cover costs for accommodation, food, books, equipment, insurance and local travel costs.

Students with dependents will need to budget for additional costs. You should budget for £680 per month for each dependant (spouse or child), as recommended by the UK government.



  • Applicants must have applied for and been offered a study place at the University of Sheffield to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Applicants must apply for a study place by Friday16 June 2017 for entry in September 2017 to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • The scholarship application is a separate online process to applying for a course. A link to the online scholarship application will be sent by email to all eligible students from January onwards.
  • The scholarship will be awarded on the the basis of academic merit and the supporting statement. The final decision will be made by an academic panel.
  • The scholarship can be awarded in conjunction with other University of Sheffield scholarships as long as the individual does not become fully funded, for tuition fee purposes, as a result of the sum of these awards.
  • The scholarships will take the form of a tuition fee reduction only.
  • You must be self-funding and classified as overseas for tuition fee purposes.
  • The scholarship will not be awarded where partial funding is applicable from an external body* and there is an agreement already in place between the external body and the University of Sheffield to offer a tuition fee discount to the student.
  • The scholarships are for full-time and part-time students only. Students studying online or via distance learning are not eligible for the scholarships.
  • Part-time students will receive the full value of a one year of scholarship split pro rata over the duration of an equivalent single full-time academic year.
  • These scholarships exclude postgraduate courses in Clinical Dentistry.
  • Overseas students registered on partnership programmes will only be eligible for a proportionate amount of scholarship reflecting the percentage of the programme studied at and percentage of the tuition fees paid to the University of Sheffield. E.g. studying a 50:50 course with the University of Sheffield and another institution where the fees paid to the University of Sheffield are £8000, a scholarship will be applied which represents 50% of the full scholarship amount.

* Government or governmental organisation – international, national or regional; research council; charity; private enterprise; or any similar organisation.

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