Additional funding for undergraduate study

Information about additional funding opportunities for undergraduate students.

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If you are a prospective student, make sure you’ve visited our undergraduate fees and funding hub, which includes signposting to information about government loans and support, bursaries, scholarships and funding for international students.

Undergraduate fees and funding

External resources

There are a range of really helpful existing websites to help you identify and search for funds available to support you with your studies - the below are only suggestions.


There are a few sites that act as a search engine for funding opportunities and may save you time searching for individual schemes.

  • Blackbullion’s Funding Hub and The Scholarship Hub enable students to find additional funding for university and  include details about funds offered by companies, charities and other organisations. You will need to register on these sites to search for funding.
  • The Turn2us Grants Search allows individuals to enter details and be matched to grants for which they may be eligible.

Examples of specific funding opportunities available:

If you are looking at this page because you are undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), which is funded by the undergraduate funding system, you can find out more information about bursaries and scholarships on the government web pages.

Get Into Teaching - Bursaries and scholarships

Students with disabilities

  • Disability Grants is a website to help individuals save time finding grants that they may be eligible for.
  • The Snowdon Trust delivers two financial award programmes to help students with a disability  to achieve goals in further education, higher education or vocational training.
  • The Student Health Association runs the Student Enablement Fund to help students with disabilities to keep up with their studies. They expect students to have applied for the Disabled Students' Allowance before applying to the fund.


Part-time work

Many students choose to work part-time. As well as boosting your finances, working whilst studying has a range of benefits, such as improving your employability skills. The University recommends that students on full-time courses work no more than 16 hours per week during term time.

The University Careers and Employability Service runs the Employability & Placements Hub based in the Students’ Union and advertises a range of employment opportunities on Career Connect, the University’s job board. 

Careers and Employability Service - prospective students

Careers and Employability Service - current students (student login required)

Career Connect (student login required)

There is also an Equal Opportunities Fund for current students, where Equal Opportunities students can apply for up to £300 per academic year to reimburse expenses incurred when taking part in an opportunity that develops their employability.

Equal Opportunities Fund (student login required)

Funding schemes for current students at the University of Sheffield

It is expected that you will have secured sufficient funding before you start your course to support yourself and pay your tuition fees for the duration of your studies. If you are a prospective student, please refer to the undergraduate fees and funding hub for signposting to information about government loans and support, bursaries, scholarships and funding for international students.

Undergraduate fees and funding

However, as a student at the University of Sheffield, there is some additional funding available to eligible students, including:

  • The University of Sheffield Nursery Subsidy - eligible students on an income of £25,000 or less can apply to receive nursery subsidy support from the University if they have one child or more with a place at the University of Sheffield Students’ Union Children’s Services Nursery
  • The Participation Grant - eligible students can apply for up to £150 to help them take part in sports and activities led by the Students’ Union and Sport Sheffield
  • Enhanced support for students who are care leavers, students who are estranged, or students with caring responsibilities for an ill or disabled family member
  • Emergency financial assistance - if students face financial difficulties due to exceptional circumstances, they can apply for financial support from the university. Assessments are made based on information students are asked to provide about their income, outgoings and personal circumstances.

Current students can find out more about the existing funding schemes on our web pages.

Funding and financial support from the University (student login required)

In addition, leading up to the publication of undergraduate and postgraduate results, academic departments can award prizes in recognition and celebration of academic achievements. Prizes are usually performance-based against set criteria, such as getting the top mark in a unit of study. They often (but not always) come in the form of a monetary award, a book voucher, or a medal. Prizes are discretionary and may not be awarded every year.

Prizes for academic achievements (student login required)

Help and advice

If you need to discuss your financial situation with someone, you can contact the Student Advice Centre in the Students' Union (both prospective students with an offer and current students). 

Student Advice Centre

They have also provided some useful money management information online, available to all.

Student Advice Centre - Money Management

If you are a prospective student and have any other general enquiries, you can find out more information about the different ways of contacting us on this web page.

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International Merit Scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students including 75 undergraduate scholarships worth £10,000 towards the annual tuition fee and 125 postgraduate taught scholarships worth £5,000 towards the tuition fee. Applications are now open for existing offer holders.