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10 fully funded PhD studentships available for September 2014 @ the Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science, University of Edinburgh

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10 fully-funded PhD studentships, to start in September 2014 @ the Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science, University of Edinburgh

Students with a strong background in computer science, mathematics, physics, or engineering are particularly encouraged to apply. For full consideration, apply by January 27, although there will be a second application deadline if you miss that date.

The CDT is a 4-year programme: the first year provides Masters level training in the core areas of data science, along with a significant project. In years 2-4 students will carry out PhD research in data science, guided by PhD supervisors from within the centre.

There are two deadlines for applications:

  • First round deadline for full consideration. Apply by 27 January 2014. (Any non-EU candidates must apply by this date, as well as following the instructions below for non-EU residents.)
  • Second round: Any remaining scholarships will be awarded in a second round of applications. The deadline for the second round is 31 March 2014.

Because of constraints from funding agencies, there are different rules for funding depending on your country of residence.

To apply to the CDT, use the standard University of Edinburgh Web site to apply for the programme called “PhD Informatics: ANC: Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience, Computational Biology – 3 Years (Full-time)”. All CDT students should apply to this PhD programme (even if your research area is not machine learning). Apply using this link.

Specify “CDT in Data Science” in the “Research Topic” field.

When you apply you will be asked to include a statement of your reasons for wishing to undertake PhD training in data science. We also ask for a research proposal, where you can indicate the area you believe would be of most interest to you for a PhD topic. If you are not familiar with the field, the proposal can be quite broad and your actual PhD project can differ from what you propose during your application. It is possible, and even likely, that you will change your interest during the course of the first year. Nevertheless, the motivation and research proposal are very important in our selection, so please pay attention to it! It is probably easier to attach a file than to enter it all on the web form.

If you decide that you are more interested in other areas of computer science or informatics, the School of Informatics has many other postgraduate programmes available. Please see the School of Informatics pages about postgraduate study.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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