Departmental and College scholarships

EPSRC doctoral training studentships

UK Students and EU Students Satisfying the Residency Requirement

The Department of Computing has six competitive EPSRC DTP studentships available for suitably qualified students who also meet the EPSRC residency criteria starting in October 2022. More details for EU nationals on how Brexit affected residency criteria can be found on the UKCISA website.

A studentship covers home fees, a bursary of about £17,609 and £1,000 towards travel and equipment per annum for 3.5 years. We expect students to have completed, or expect to complete before October 2020, either a first class Masters MEng degree, or a first class Bachelors degree and distinction MSc, in an appropriate subject.

The competitions are open to all eligible candidates who otherwise do not have guaranteed funds and who have applied before the last departmental deadline. The allocation is usually made by the last two weeks of June. There is no need to formally apply, as we will automatically consider you if you meet the above criteria.

We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Fees: £4,500 per year 
Bursary: £17,609 per year

Doctoral teaching scholarships

The Department of Computing will award up to four doctoral teaching scholarships for PhD applicants starting in 2022/23. The period of the scholarship is four years six months.

For home fee and international students the scheme covers full fees and a full PhD scholarship of approximately £24,000 per annum in total. Doctoral teaching scholarships are also available to
overseas students.

In addition to academic excellence, applicants should have a strong commitment to teaching in higher education. They will be expected to build up a portfolio comprising a wide variety of teaching experiences. As well as completing their PhD scholars will complete the Certificate of Learning and Teaching offered by the Educational Development Unit of Imperial College. It is expected that the teaching activities will be equivalent to approximately 15 months full-time spread over the time of the scholarship and including work for the Certificate of Learning and Teaching.

The shortlisting process is in two phases: first the candidate must be accepted for a PhD with a named supervisor; second a shortlist of accepted candidates is made and shortlisted candidates will normally be invited for interview during June. (*) It is recommended that applicants apply well before the deadline. 

How to Apply:

Please contact Anandha Gopalan.

*For already qualified applicants (ie you have completed an MEng or MSc degree) who apply early and are accepted with a named supervisor the interview date may be earlier than June.

We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

President's and CSC scholarships

The College offers a range of awards for PhD students. Please see the student finance website for further details. 

50 research scholarships are now being offered by the college for highly talented students. For more information please visit the President’s PhD Scholarships page. Please note that, when the departmental deadline is earlier than the President's scholarship deadline, then you are asked to apply by the departmental deadline to ensure full consideration at the following President's scholarship round.

Note that these are very competitive and the Department is able to nominate up to two students for each President's scholarship funding round. 

In addition, the Chinese Scholarship Council and Imperial College London have created a scholarship programme (CSC Imperial) to enable talented Chinese students to undertake a PhD programme at Imperial. Visit the CSC Imperial Scholarships page for more information. The department can also provide support letters for a direct application to the CSC scholarship from China. To do so, you will need first to be accepted by a supervisor in the department. Please note that neither Imperial nor the department are involved in this scheme and therefore the only financial support available is the one offered by the CSC funder.

Further information

We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

EPSRC CDT scholarships in smart medical imaging

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Smart Medical Imaging at King's College London and Imperial College London continues the successful partnership of two world-class institutions, to provide PhD training within an embedded hospital environment in Central London, with state-of-the-art research laboratories across the Universities, and in close interaction with the healthcare industry.

The CDT in Smart Medical Imaging will adopt a flexible training approach. However, most students will normally follow a 1+3 pathway (1-year MRes at King's, followed by 3-year PhD at King's or Imperial). Over the four years of study within the CDT the aim is to equip students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to explore a range of career options in research and academia.

The CDT offer fully funded PhD studentships, starting every year in September, including generous research consumables and conference travel, with exposure to international imaging labs and healthcare industry placements.

For more information about the CDT programme and how to apply, please check the CDT website.

We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

UKRI CDT scholarships in safe and trusted artificial intelligence

Imperial College London’s Department of Computing is participating in the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence (STAI), an initiative set up to train the first generation of AI scientists and engineers in methods of safe and trusted AI.

The CDT is hosted jointly by King’s College London and Imperial College London, on a 2:1 split, and funds up to 15 PhD studentships each year.

Funding includes tuition fees, a stipend of around £17,609, and a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). Applications are now open for October 2022 entry. The final application deadline this year is 13
June 2022 (23:59).

For more information about the STAI CDT and the application process please consult the Apply Now page.

We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

 

 

Area specific scholarships

2x DeepMind PhD scholarships

DeepMind will generously sponsor two PhD scholarships in the Department of Computing for 2021 entry, all with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning, renewing its philanthropic commitment to postgraduate students from underrepresented groups, particularly women and those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Some information on the current DeepMind scholars at Imperial can be found here: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/computing/people/deepmind-scholars/

Recipients of a DeepMind PhD Scholarship will receive funding to cover fees and maintenance for the duration of their doctoral studies – usually up to a four-year period. The scholarship also includes a one-off equipment grant of £1,500 and an annual travel scholarship of £2,000.

The PhD scholarships are available to home-fee students applying for 2021 entry, and to EU-fee students applying for Spring 2021 entry at the latest. The scheme is not available to overseas students.

Interested applicants should apply by the March 2021 PhD admissions deadline. In order to be considered for this award, it is sufficient that the application clearly indicates that the applicant identifies as either or both (i) a woman and (ii) black and/or minority ethnic.

Other underrepresented backgrounds will also be considered where specified in the application. Students in financial need that would not be otherwise able to pick up an offer for admission are also encouraged to indicate this as part of the statement supplied with the application form. 
 
We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Foundations of Persistent Programming

Studentship: Untaxed bursary of £17,285 per annum (2020/21 figure including London weighting plus home/EU fees)

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, The Department was ranked third (1st in the Research Intensity table published by The Times Higher), and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality.

Applications are invited for a PhD student to develop theoretical and practical foundations for persistent programming over the emerging non-volatile memory technology under the supervision of Dr Azalea Raad (http://www.soundandcomplete.org).

The aim of this project is to develop rigorous theoretical and practical foundations for the cutting-edge paradigm of persistent programming in the context of the emerging non-volatile memory technology. The project has both theoretical and practical components, such as devising a formal model for persistent programming in mainstream languages such as C/C++, as well as designing and implementing persistent programming support through higher-level libraries.

To apply for this position, you will need to have a strong background in at least one of the following areas:

Formal Semantics

Compilers

Computer Architecture

Specification and Verification

Concurrency Theory and Concurrent Programming

Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Distinction Masters level degree, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific or technical discipline, such as computer science or mathematics. Applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English.

The position is fully funded, covering tuition fees, travel funds and a stipend/bursary. The position is available to home/EU students.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please follow the application guidelines.

In the application form, please write Foundations of Persistent Programming in the “Proposed Research Topic” field, and Azalea Raad in the “Proposed Research Supervisor” field.

Early applications are encouraged. Informal inquiries about this position are also encouraged and can be directed to Dr Azalea Raad (azalea@imperial.ac.uk). For further information see http://www.soundandcomplete.org/projects.html.

This position will be based at the South Kensington campus in central London.

Applicants are advised to visit our PhD webpage for general information on becoming a PhD student in the Department of Computing.

We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Funded PhD position in Program Analysis, Verification or Systems

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, The Department was ranked third (1st in the Research Intensity table published by The Times Higher) and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality.

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the Software Reliability Group, under the supervision of Dr. Cristian Cadar.

We are looking for motivated applicants interested in pursuing a PhD degree in program analysis, verification or software systems. The research will be part of the ERC Consolidator Grant Project PASS: Program Analysis for Safe and Secure Software Evolution, and will focus on helping software systems evolve safely and securely. PASS aims to take a holistic approach to the challenges of safe and secure software evolution, by combining offline program analysis to verify or comprehensively test software changes, with runtime mechanisms for keeping the software updated and secure against potentially erroneous changes that make it into the deployed system.

To apply, you will need to have a good background in compilers and/or operating systems and experience in building and working with large software systems and tools. You are expected to familiarise yourself with the research of the Software Reliability Group (see our projects and publications) particularly the KATCH and Shadow projects on the program analysis and verification side, and the Varan and Mvedsua projects on the systems side.

Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Distinction Masters level degree, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific or technical disciplines, such as computer science or mathematics. Applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English.

The position is fully funded, covering tuition fees, travel funds and a competitive stipend/bursary. The position is available to home, EU and overseas students.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please follow the application guidelines 

In the application form, please write Program Analysis, Verification or Systems in the “Proposed Research Topic” field, and Dr. Cristian Cadar in the “Proposed Research Supervisor” field.

Early applications are encouraged. Informal inquiries about this position are also encouraged and can be directed to c.cadar@imperial.ac. For further information see srg.doc.ic.ac.uk

This position will be based at the South Kensington campus in central London,  next to Hyde Park and the museums of South Kensington.

Applicants are advised to visit our PhD page for general information on becoming a PhD student in the Department of Computing.

We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Hardware and OS Support for Future Smart Data Center Disaggregation

PhD Scholarship in Hardware and OS Support for Future Smart Data Center Disaggregation

Studentship: Untaxed bursary of £17,285 per annum (2020/21 figure including London weighting plus home/EU fees)

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, The Department was ranked third (1st in the Research Intensity table published by The Times Higher), and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality.

Applications are invited for a PhD student to analyze and develop hardware and OS support for future data centers under the supervision of Lluis Vilanova (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/vilanova). The end-goal of this project is to build a forward-looking, smart data center-scale infrastructure using bleeding-edge smart/programmable components, as well as proposing new hardware and operating system abstractions to push the security and efficiency guarantees of data centers further into the future.

To apply for this position, you will need to have solid programming and analytical skills and a strong background in at least one of the following areas:

• Operating systems

• Computer architecture (hardware-software co-design preferred)

• Development in programmable accelerators

• Security (especially regarding formal methods)

Skills in any of the following areas will also be considered in addition to those described above:

• Machine learning

• Resource management (metering, placement, scheduling)

• Live state migration

This work will be performed in the LSDS lab (https://lsds.doc.ic.ac.uk), where you will also have the opportunity to interact with its other members and the many exciting projects we are working on. Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Distinction Masters level degree, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific or technical discipline, such as computer science or mathematics. Applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English. The position is fully funded, covering tuition fees, travel funds and a stipend/bursary. The position is available to home and EU students.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please follow the application guidelines at: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/computing/prospective-students/phd/phd-application-guidelines/ In the application form, please write SDCD in the “Proposed Research Topic” field, and Lluis Vilanova in the “Proposed Research Supervisor” field.

Early applications are encouraged. Informal inquiries about this position are also encouraged and can be directed to Lluis Vilanova (vilanova@imperial.ac.uk). This position will be based at the South Kensington campus in central London.

Applicants are advised to visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/computing/prospective-students/phd/ for general information on becoming a PhD student in the Department of Computing. We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Hardware and Software Co-Design for Security and Virtualization Performance

PhD Scholarship in Hardware and Software Co-Design for Security and Virtualization Performance

Studentship: Untaxed bursary of £17,285 per annum (2020/21 figure including London weighting plus home/EU fees)

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, The Department was ranked third (1st in the Research Intensity table published by The Times Higher), and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality.

Applications are invited for a PhD student to analyze and co-design hardware and software support to improve the performance of trusted execution environments and virtual machines under the supervision of Lluis Vilanova (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/vilanova).

This project aims to analyze the existing system and hardware support for trusted execution environments (e.g., Intel SGX) and virtualization core technologies, in order to fundamentally improve their performance by proposing and developing new solutions that span across the hardware, operating system and application layers.

To apply for this position, you will need to have solid programming and analytical skills and a strong background in at least one of the following areas:

• Operating systems

• Computer architecture (micro-architecture and hardware-software co-design preferred)

• Machine virtualization

• Secure execution environments (e.g., Intel SGX, AMD SEV, ARM TrustZone)

Skills in any of the following areas will also be considered in addition to those described above:

• Memory design

• Encryption

This work will be performed in the LSDS lab (https://lsds.doc.ic.ac.uk), where you will also have the opportunity to interact with its other members and the many exciting projects we are working on.

Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Distinction Masters level degree, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific or technical discipline, such as computer science or mathematics. Applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English. The position is fully funded, covering tuition fees, travel funds and a stipend/bursary. The position is available to home and EU students.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please follow the application guidelines at: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/computing/prospective-students/phd/phd-application-guidelines/

In the application form, please write CSVP in the “Proposed Research Topic” field, and Lluis Vilanova in the “Proposed Research Supervisor” field. Early applications are encouraged. Informal inquiries about this position are also encouraged and can be directed to Lluis Vilanova (vilanova@imperial.ac.uk).

This position will be based at the South Kensington campus in central London. Applicants are advised to visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/computing/prospective-students/phd/ for general information on becoming a PhD student in the Department of Computing. We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

PhD Scholarship in Computational Complexity

Start date: expected Oct 2021 (may be flexible).

Closing date for application: 31st of January 2022(by midnight).

Open to all nationals.

Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus

Imperial College London Department of Computing is a world-leading department of computer science which is consistently ranked amongst the best computer science departments in major international league tables.

Imperial’s Computing is seeking up to two strong and motivated PhD students with a background in Theoretical Computer Science or Mathematics, interested in computational complexity. The positions are based at the South Kensington campus in central London, and include a generous stipend, as well as funding for equipment and travel. The topic revolves around fundamental lower bound questions in computational complexity. The position offers an exciting opportunity to conduct internationally leading and impactful basic research in a major computer science department at the heart of London, with many leading research groups and other institutions nearby.

The PhD is carried out in the context of a flagship ERC (European Research Council) funded project EPRICOT (Efficient Proofs and Computation) which has the goal to push forward the frontiers of the fundamental questions in computational complexity theory, such as new lower bounds on concrete computational models, structure (reductions between different computational problems) and meta-mathematics of complexity, but candidates will have the freedom to pursue their own ideas within complexity if they choose so.

The post holder will work at Imperial’s Computational Complexity lab headed by Professor Iddo Tzameret. Candidates with a firm (undergraduate) background in the following areas are good fit:

  • The theory of computing and computational complexity;
  • Knowledge of basic algebra, combinatorics, and possibly logic; with more advanced experience or knowledge in these areas being an advantage.

All applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A strong theory of computing and/or mathematics background with good problem solving skills;
  • The ability to work independently and to drive a research agenda;
  • The ability to strategically plan,  push forward and complete projects within a limited timescale.

The successful applicant will have an MSc (or equivalent) in an area pertinent to the subject area, ideally computer science (or mathematics with some background in the theory of computing). 

How to apply:

Please forward your CV and the contact of two references to Professor Iddo Tzameret: iddo.tzameret@gmail.com

Applicants are advised to visit http://www.imperial.ac.uk/computing/prospective-students/courses/phd/ for general information on becoming a PhD student.

 

Future Mobility Systems: design and societal impact

Studentship: Untaxed bursary of £17,285 per annum (2020/21 figure including London weighting plus home/EU fees)

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, The Department was ranked third (1st in the Research Intensity table published by The Times Higher), and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality.

Topic and requirements

Applications are invited for PhD candidates that are excited to shape the next generation of mobility systems and shed light on their societal impact. Toards this goal, you will be working under the supervision of Dr Dario Paccagnan, develop and analyse theoretically-sound tools/models/algorithms.

Autonomous Mobility on Demand – a mode of transportation wherein fleets of self-driving vehicles transport passengers on demand within a city -  is forecasted to revolutionise the way we move. Yet its impact on our society is not fully understood. For example, how will autonomous vehicles integrate with the existing public transportation infrastructure? Will competition between multiple operators worsen the congestion?

You will have the opportunity to tackle these questions (and many more) in a principled way, and at the same time develop novel tools and algorithms to shape the future of intelligent transportations systems. As the interests of different parties are involved (e.g., traffic authority, municipalities, systems’ operators), you will exploit models and tools in game theory, optimisation, control theory.

To apply for this position, we are looking for outstanding PhD candidates with a strong mathematical background. Familiarity with any of the following is desirable: convex optimization, algorithms, game theory, control theory.

Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Distinction Masters level degree, or equivalent, in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Systems and Control, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering. Applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English.

The position is fully funded, covering tuition fees, travel funds and a stipend/bursary. The position is available to home and EU students.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please follow the application guidelines at this link.

In the application form, please write Future Mobility Systems in the “Proposed Research Topic” field, and Dr Dario Paccagnan in the “Proposed Research Supervisor” field.

Early applications are encouraged. Informal inquiries about this position are also encouraged and can be directed to Dr Dario Paccagnan. For further information see link.

This position will be based at the South Kensington campus in central London.

Applicants are advised to visit http://www.imperial.ac.uk/computing/prospective-students/courses/phd/ for general information on becoming a PhD student in the Department of Computing.

We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.