Scholarships and Student Funding

Informatics Global PhD Scholarships

If you have a strong academic track record at undergraduate or Masters level, and are highly motivated to pursue a PhD programme in the School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh, you could be selected to receive a full PhD scholarship. Applications for Informatics Global PhD Scholarships are open now to students of all nationalities who are planning to start a PhD in the School of Informatics from September 2019.

Award

Informatics Global PhD Scholars will receive full financial support for the duration of their PhD studies, for up to 3.5 years. This will include:

• Full funding of all tuition fees, including overseas fees if applicable

• A stipend of £15,226 per year

• An additional research support fund of £2,000 per year for the first three years. This can be used for a variety of purposes approved by your supervisor including, but not restricted to, purchase of a laptop, attending conferences where you present a paper, specialist software or equipment.

Eligibility

Applications will be accepted from all candidates; there are no restrictions based on nationality or domicile.  Applicants must have applied to study full-time on one of the following eligible programmes within the School of Informatics:

  • PhD Informatics: ANC: Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience, Computational Biology
  • PhD Informatics: ICSA: Comp. Architecture, Compilation & System Software, Networks & Communication
  • PhD Informatics: LFCS: Foundations of Computer Science, Databases, Software & Systems Modelling
  • PhD Informatics: CISA: Automated Reasoning, Agents, Data Intensive Research, Knowledge Management
  • PhD Informatics: IPAB: Robotics, Computer Vision, Computer Graphics and Animation
  • PhD Informatics: ILCC: Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition

Candidates must also meet certain minimum requirements for English language competency.

Criteria

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with candidates expecting to obtain a high academic award from their most recent degree. In practice, this means a 1st class UK degree or a distinction at UK Masters level in a relevant discipline. Students with non-UK qualifications should check the equivalence of their degrees.

Applying

The application is a two stage process; if you wish to be considered for a scholarship to support your PhD studies then you must submit both a EUCLID programme application and an online scholarship application by the stated deadlines.

 

  • The first round deadline is 10 December 2018 (EUCLID application) and to accommodate recent technical issues, the scholarship deadline for round one has been extended to 17 December 2018 (scholarship application).

 

If you would like your application to be considered for the first round of scholarship allocations, please provide any outstanding documents (excluding references) by 17 December 2018 also.

 

  • The second round deadline is 1 February 2019 (EUCLID application) and 8 February 2019 (scholarship application).

 

Before applying via the EUCLID PhD application form you should ideally contact an academic supervisor in the School of Informatics, discuss your research interest, and obtain their agreement to supervise you. When you have found a supervisor, you must first complete an application for PhD admission in the research institute of your chosen supervisor.
 

 

You can select your chosen institute from the table below to access the relevant PhD application form. 

Institute

Primary Research Area

ANC Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience, Computational Biology
CISA Automated Reasoning, Agents, Data Intensive Research, Knowledge Management
ICSA Computer Architecture, Compilation & System Software, Networks & Communication
ILCC Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition
IPAB Robotics, Computer Vision, Computer Graphics & Animation
LFCS Foundations of Computer Science, Databases, Software & Systems Modelling

Online Scholarship Application

We are no longer accepting applications as the scholarship deadline of 8th February 2019 has passed.

Selection Procedure

Candidates who meet or are expected to meet the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by their selected research institute. This will normally involve an interview, which may take place in person or via video conference. Successful candidate will receive notification of their scholarship, which may be conditional on candidates achieving the predicted qualifications.

Notification of decisions

Applicants who apply for admission by 10 December 2018 and apply for a scholarship by 17 December 2018 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 18 February 2019.

Applicants who apply for admission by 1 February 2019 and apply for a scholarship by 8 February 2019 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 25 March 2019.

Contact

You can access further information about the PhD application process from our FAQ, or contact the Informatics Graduate School.