Information for PhD Applicants

We are always happy to talk to interested PhD applicants. Feel free to have a look at our research interests and members section to see if you like the look of what we do.

Who To Talk To

Any of the lecturers Tom, Evgeny and Paul would be delighted to discuss potential PhD projects they have. Feel free to drop any one an email.

In addition, if you would like a more first-hand idea of what PhD life is like here at the Algebraic Geometry Group you are more than welcome to email the webmaster and current PhD student Eoin.


Funding in is available for PhD students through both the university and department. Your application will automatically be considered for funding. You can read about the details of funding on the university website. In addition to the standard funding, the university offers several scholarships for PhD applicants:

University Prize Scholarships

Each year the University offers a small number of University Prize Scholarships for exceptional candidates. The maintenance stipend is particularly generous at £20,000 per year. For more details please see here.

Harry Worthington Scholarships

Two Harry Worthington Scholarships are available to applicants wishing to undertake doctoral study in any Faculty of the University. For more details you can check here.

PhD Life In The Algebraic Geometry Group

There is a growing number of PhD students working on a variety of areas in the Algebraic Geometry Group. In the department there are many other PhD students to talk to working in Algebraic Topology, Number Theory, Category Theory and Differential Geometry.

The Sheffield department is quite an active one. Each week there is the opportunity to attend a wide variety of seminars run by the various research groups.

The algebraic geometry postgraduates themselves organize a weekly reading group where they work through a set of lecture notes on a particular topic. Past topics have consisted of working through portions of Ravi Vakil’s Foundations of Algebraic Geometry, Robin Hartshorne’s notes on Deformation Theory and currently various topics from Mirror Symmetry.

More broadly there are several postgraduate reading groups in areas other than algebraic geometry. To name a few, there have been study groups on Topological K-Theory, V.I. Arnold’s book Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, Applied Topology and Galois Representations.