Each year, the School receives a Doctoral Training Account (DTA) from EPSRC which is used to support PhD students.
Allocation of these scholarships are under the control of the Graduate School and decisions are made in April. A separate application is not required but a complete application for admission must have been received by the end of March.
UK students are eligible for full funding, consisting of fees plus the national minimum stipend to cover living expenses.
As with the EPSRC above.
ESRC offers funding through its DTC network, which includes Edinburgh. As above, a separate application is not required but you should note on your admission application if you believe your background or research topic makes you eligible for funding from this source.
EPSRC's Industrial CASE scheme provides funding for PhD students doing industrially-relevant research.
These awards are made to companies who then choose an academic partner to host the student. The company provides a co-supervisor and makes a financial contribution, and the student needs to spend at least 3 months over the PhD period working in the company.
This scholarship, which covers fees and stipend at UK/EU level for 3 years, is designed for students who wish to focus on a particular future career: for example in teaching; public engagement; or entrepeneurship. Scholarship holders will undertake a programme of training and development in alongside their normal PhD studies. In particular, for entrepeneurship they can tap into the support offered by the Informatics commercialisation team under ProspeKT and Informatics Ventures.
IBM runs an international competition for these fellowships. Students must already be enrolled for PhD study to be eligible.
Successful candidates receive a stipend plus fees for one year, renewable for up to two further years. They are also encouraged to spend time at an IBM research or development lab as a paid intern.
Candidates are selected on the basis of their potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their academic progress to-date.
Microsoft Research runs an international competition for these scholarships. Awards are made to a supervisor for a specific research topic, whereupon the supervisor has up to a year to find a suitable student. Topics are restricted to a specific set of research areas and students cannot apply directly to Microsoft.
Applicants for these fellowships are nominated from among students already undertaking a PhD in Informatics in mid-January; students cannot apply directly to Google.
This scholarship scheme, run by Google, offers a 5000 euro scholarship for a single academic year. Only females are eligible.
Some funding is available directly from the School of Informatics Graduate School and each of the seven institutes. Students need not apply for this funding via a separate application but a complete application for admission must have been received by the end of March.
This article was published on Nov 4, 2013