Students ready to make an impact in their academic field
Three outstanding students from the University of Sheffield are set to make a huge impact in their academic field thanks to a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship.
The recipients, embarking on their three year doctoral studies were specially selected for the Scholarship currently to the value of £75,000, due to their outstanding achievements in humanities, demonstrating the potential to make an impact field and become a future academic leader.
The Scholarships, awarded by the Wolfson Foundation, were launched a year ago reflecting the organisations concerns about funding for the humanities and the potential impact of increased undergraduate student debt on postgraduate studies.
In total 27 scholarships have been awarded this year at nine top universities across the UK. They are presented solely on merit to students aspiring to an academic career.
The University of Sheffield has matched the scholarships funded by the Wolfson Foundation supporting three further students who also study history, literature or languages.
Professor Andrew Linn, Director of Research and Innovation in the Arts and Humanities, said: "The University of Sheffield is honoured and delighted to be recognised for the quality of our work in the Arts and Humanities by the Wolfson Foundation.
"At a time when funding for postgraduate work in languages, literature and history is difficult to find, this is an incredibly valuable investment in the continued strength if these disciplines in this country."
The Wolfson Foundation was established in 1955 and supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health, education and the arts and humanities. Over the last 57 years the Foundation has awarded £1 billion in grants to more than 8,500 projects.
Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: "High quality research in the humanities is of critical importance to British society. The announcement of these bursaries reflects our concern about the effect of undergraduate debt on numbers of students continuing to postgraduate research.
"We are also acutely aware of pressures on funding in the humanities. The hope is that many of the students funded through this programme will become future academic leaders."
The Wolfson Foundation
The University of Sheffield's Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Arts and Humanities
The University of Sheffield
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The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, 2007). These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world.
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