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PhD scholarships

The Department has a number of funded scholarships, either open in all areas of the Department's research interests or in specific domains (depending on the sponsors). 

All scholarships are subject to eligibility conditions and are awarded on a competitive basis according to academic merit and possibly an interview. We particularly welcome female applicants as they are under-represented among our PhD student population.

For the open scholarships in the Department, all research applicants to whom we have made an offer will be considered for financial assistance. In 2017, the deadline for open scholarship applications is the 10th of April. Successful candidates will be informed by the 5th of May.

Teaching Assistantships are available to MPhil/PhD students in the Department – research students are encouraged to undertake demonstrating and teaching tasks, and to take the Certificate in Teaching Skills offered by the College. Teaching Assistantships are part-time only, i.e. for a limited number of hours so as not to interfere with study. 

The current available scholarships are:

Open Scholarships (deadline has passed)

Applications are invited for fully funded PhD studentships in any of the Department's research groups: Algorithms and Applications; Bioinformatics; Machine Learning; Distributed and Global Computing; Software Language Engineering; and Type Theory.

The studentships are for three years and include a stipend of £16,296 per year plus a Home/EU fee waiver. Applicants are expected to have obtained a good degree in Computer Science or a cognate discipline, and must obtain the support of a potential supervisor in the Department prior to submitting an application. 

Information about supervisors can be found here.  You are welcome (indeed, encouraged) to discuss a research topic with a supervisor prior to submitting your application.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible using the University's  online application system.  Please read carefully all the information on the application process including English language requirements.   

You will need to upload the following items:

  1. a research topic/area and the name of a potential supervisor; 

  2. a covering letter describing your reasons for wishing to pursue a PhD in the proposed area, incuding why you think that you are qualified to do research in that area; 

  3. a research proposal where you expand on your research topic: why the topic is important, what is the state of the art in the area, and what are the research contributions that you would like to make beyond the state of the art – this does not need to be too long but it should contain enough information for us to make a judgement on the viability of carrying out such a research project in the Department;  

  4. a current CV; 

  5. any documents proving your actual or expected degree classifications, as well as results of any previous University examinations; 

  6. two academic references. 

Closing Date:  Midnight, 10th April 2017.

Starting Date: September 2017.

Effective use of drones in emergency response – A sociotechnical perspective

Royal Holloway University of London: School of Management and Computer Science Department

Leverhulme Magna Carta Doctoral Training Scholarships: 2017 entry

Full-time only

The School of Management and the Department of Computer Science invite applications for a fully funded PhD scholarship available from end of September 2017 on an interdisciplinary project. 

Project:  Effective use of drones in emergency response – A sociotechnical perspective

This is an exciting interdisciplinary project where the successful candidate will be involved in the disciplines of Information Systems and Computer Science.  The candidate will be supported by expert supervision from both disciplines.


The scholarship is open to Home and EU students.  International students are eligible to apply but please note that if successful the difference between the UK/EU and overseas fee will need to be found from another source.

Candidate profile

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and the potential to produce cutting-edge research.

 The applicant should have studied information systems and computer science in either the undergraduate or postgraduate levels.  Experience of both information systems and computer science is preferable.

 Typically, successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Distinction at Master's level in a relevant discipline (either information systems, management or computer science and engineering).
  • First class honours degree or equivalent at undergraduate level in a relevant discipline, for applicants who are still completing their Master’s (either information systems, management or computer science and engineering).
  • Overall score of at least 7.0 in IELTS test or equivalent (if appropriate).

Funding:  The scholarship offers a UK/EU fee waiver and a maintenance award (RCUK rate of £16,553 in 17/18). International students are eligible to apply but please note that if successful the difference between the HEU and overseas fee will need to be found from another source.

Study start date: Successful candidates should start between end of September 2017 and end of January 2018.

 An important part of the duties of successful candidates will be to support the collective ethos of the Magna Carta Doctoral Centre including being prepared to contribute to seminars, write for public audiences and participate in the academic life of the Institute for Freedoms.

How to apply:  Please send your CV, supporting letter and two references to Mrs Joanne Barrs at: Joanne.Barrs@rhul.ac.uk.

Closing date: Monday 14th August

For further information about the project and scholarship, please contact Dr. Amany Elbanna (School of Management: amany.elbanna@rhul.ac.uk) and Dr. Sara Bernardini (Department of Computer Science: sara.bernardini@rhul.ac.uk).

Other scholarships may be available: please check the University's scholarships page.


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