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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 2018, the deadline for open scholarship applications is the 9th of April. Successful candidates will be informed by the 7th 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:

Scholarships (2018) 

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 £16,777 per year plus a Home/EU fee waiver of £4,260. 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, 9th April 2018.

Starting Date: September 2018.

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


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