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Funding your MPhil/PhD

The Department of Informatics currently has approximately 200 postgraduate research students, many of whom hold studentships or grants of various types. For UK residents and EU students, a number of scholarships ensure that a good number of excellent students are funded each year. International studentships include awards for students from specific countries, and are always very competitive. Potential PhD students are encouraged to contact their chosen PhD supervisors to discuss funding opportunities, once they have received an offer from the college.

More details about the various funding opportunities for MPhil/PhD students are given below.

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence

The Department of Informatics leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence. This CDT brings together world leading experts from King’s College London and Imperial College London to offer a unique four-year programme, focussed on the use of model-based AI techniques for ensuring the safety and trustworthiness of AI systems. The CDT has funding available for up to 15 studentships a year (depending on support available); please see the CDT webpages for information on how to apply for these studentships.

College-wide funding schemes

You can find information on the College postgraduate webpages.

Fully funded PhD studentships in the Department of Informatics

The Department of Informatics invites applications for several 3.5-year studentships to start in September/October 2019.

To better tackle real-world challenges, the Department has strategically reorganised its activities across eight research groups and five cross-cutting research hubs. Our five hubs are Autonomous Systems, Finance, Health, Security and Urban Living, and we are looking to recruit students to our PhD programmes to contribute to specific activities with these hubs.  A wider list of PhD projects can be found on our webpages by following this link https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/informatics/study/mphilphd/projects. This list is not inclusive and the potential applicants can alternatively identify and contact the appropriate supervisors outlining their background and research interests or proposing their own project ideas.

It is expected that PhD students will want to contribute to the department's teaching, for which payment will be made separately. The opportunity to contribute as a teaching assistant during the PhD programme can be an interesting and rewarding experience, which will help students develop skills relevant for their future roles. Training and mentoring in teaching and learning in higher education will be provided, and the successful applicants will be expected to attend the Faculty’s Preparing to Teach course should they undertake additional teaching duties.

The Studentships are funded for 3.5 years and include a stipend at the standard research council rate, which is presently £17,009 per annum including London Allowance, and the cover of the full cost of Home/EU tuition fees. Income tax is not payable on the stipend. Please see the eligibility criteria below for more information.

The deadline for applications for 2019/2020 is 15 May 2019. 


 

Eligibility

Applicants are normally expected to have a first-class undergraduate degree or a distinction at MSc level (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or Physics. In exceptional cases other qualifications may be considered and all applications will be assessed on their merit as appropriate to the individual case.

There are two types of studentships, with eligibility rules set by the funder. To be eligible for a full studentship of type 1 (stipend plus fees), applicants must be a UK resident for a period of three years immediately prior to the date of application for an award (but not wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education).  Residents of other member states of the European Union are eligible for fees-only awards. However, they are eligible for a full studentship of this type, if they have spent three previous years prior to the application for study in the UK.

To be eligible for a full studentship of type 2 (stipend plus fees), applicants must be Home or EU nationals.

Applicants from outside the European Union are not normally eligible for these studentships. The department however may consider converting one of these studentships to overseas studentships (which do not require the UK/EU residency or EU nationality) for outstanding candidates from outside EU.

The deadline for applications for 2019/2020 is 15 May 2019.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Offers may be made to exceptional candidates before the deadline and late applications may be considered until all studentships are allocated.

Application process

Applicants for these studentships must first apply for entry to one of the PhD programmes within the Department of Informatics (postgraduate research programmes: Computer Science, Telecommunications, Robotics and Bioinformatics).

If you have not applied yet for entry to a PhD programme, please do so by following the guidelines at this link https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/informatics/study/mphilphd/howtoapply.

After applying for entry to a PhD programme, the applicants who wish to be considered for these studentships should send a studentship application statement to the Department PGR Administrators (pgr-informatics@kcl.ac.uk). This statement should include the applicant's name, the King's admissions number, the potential supervisor(s) and a 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.

There is no form for the studentship application statements. A 3 – 4 page outline of the project you would like to undertake, which will be evaluated as part of the application process, should incorporate:

  • your initial ideas on the particular challenges you would be interested in addressing and its relation to one of the hubs,
  • a brief review of the relevant state of the art, identifying any limitations or open questions, and
  • your initial ideas on what research you might carry out towards addressing these challenges, referring to existing research literature where appropriate.

If you are interested in one of the project proposals listed at https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/informatics/study/mphilphd/projects, then you should elaborate in your research statement on how you would approach this project.

The studentship application statements should not repeat the information which has been already included in the PhD entry applications. Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their research statement with a potential supervisor. 

The deadline for providing the studentship application statements is 15 May 2019.

Following the review of the applicants' statements and their PhD entry application, shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview for an assessment of their research potential and the contributions they can make to the activities of the departmental research hubs and to teaching activities within the department.

Queries related to these studentships should be sent to pgr-informatics@kcl.ac.uk.


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