Applications are invited from exceptional students of all nationalities who want to pursue a full-time PhD in the School of Informatics from September 2020.
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.
Applications will be accepted from all candidates; there are no restrictions based on nationality or domicile.
Candidates should be in receipt of or expected 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. Candidates must also meet certain minimum requirements for English language competency.
How to apply / Deadlines
Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application
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 a scholarship application via the EUCLID Scholarships Portal by the stated deadlines.
- The first round deadline for submission of a EUCLID admission application is Friday 29 November 2019. The deadline for submitting an IGPS application is Friday 6 December 2019.
If you would like your application to be considered in the first round of scholarship allocations, you must have provided all the necessary documentation, including at least one academic reference, by the 29 November 2019 deadline. Incomplete applications (i.e. those with missing documents) will not be considered.
- The second round deadline for submission of both EUCLID admission and scholarship application is Friday 31 January 2020.
Stage 1 – EUCLID programme 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.
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
Once you have submitted your EUCLID PhD application, you will receive an email confirming your Universal User Name (UUN). Please note that this number is generated automatically by the EUCLID application system and may take a few days to receive. It is advisable therefore, to submit your application in advance of the formal deadline.
Once you have received your UUN, you must then apply separately for an Informatics Global PhD scholarship using the online form.
Stage 2 – Scholarship application
In order to gain access to the scholarship application system applicants must have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh. Please note that, following the submission of an application for admission, it can take up to five working days for all system checks to be completed and for access to be granted.
The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd our web based information portal at https://www.myed.ed.ac.uk
When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please go to http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-systems/support-guidance
The first round deadline for submission of a EUCLID admission application is Friday 29th November 2019. The deadline for submitting an IGPS application is Friday 6th December 2019.
If you have problems accessing or submitting your application via the EUCLID system, or do not receive your UUN, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to help.
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 candidates will receive notification of their scholarship, which may be conditional on candidates achieving the predicted qualifications.
Notification of decisions
Applicants who apply before the first and second-round deadlines, and who are selected to receive an IGPS scholarship (or been placed on a reserve list), will be notified by Friday 21 February 2020 and Friday 27 March 2020 respectively. Applicants will be notified via the EUCLID Scholarships Portal.
Find out more
You can access further information about the PhD application process from our FAQ, or contact the Informatics Graduate School.