Prior to application, applicant should contact the potential supervisor to discuss the applicant's suitability for the proposed project.
Applicants for PhD studies who wish to be considered for the Informatics studentships have to make two separate applications: first an application for entry to our PhD programmes (via the university Admissions Portal, see https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/research-courses), and then an application for a studentship.
Application for a studentship should be made in a form of a "Studentship Application Statement" sent to the Department PGR Administrators at firstname.lastname@example.org. This statement should include the applicant's name, the King's admissions number (of their PhD entry application), the potential supervisor(s) and a 3-4 page research statement outlining the proposed research project. The Studentship Application Statement should also indicate how the applicant’s skills, past achievements, qualifications, experience and personal qualities make them suited for the studentship and for the proposed project, and which of the five research hubs (see https://www.kcl.ac.uk/informatics/research/groups) their project may contribute to. (There is no form for the Studentship Application Statements.)
The 3-4 page research statement outlining the project which the applicant would like to undertake should incorporate:
(1.) initial ideas on the particular challenges the applicant would be interested in addressing and on the project's relation to one of the hubs;
(2.) a brief review of the relevant state of the art, identifying limitations or open questions;
(3.) initial ideas on what research the applicant might carry out towards addressing the challenges of the project, referring to existing research literature where appropriate.
In case of applying for one of the listed project proposals, the applicant should elaborate in the research statement on how they would approach this project. In all cases the applicants are strongly advised to discuss their research statement with a potential supervisor.
The applicants do not need to repeat in their Studentship Application Statements the details of their background as these will be included in their PhD entry applications. Likewise, the applicants should not attach to their Studentship Application Statements any certificates or transcripts, as these should be attached to their PhD entry applications.
Following the review of the submitted Studentship Application Statements and the full PhD entry applications, shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview for assessment of their research potential and the contributions they can make to the research activities of the departmental hubs and to teaching activities within the department.
Queries related to these studentships should be sent to email@example.com.