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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.

College-wide funding schemes

You can find information on the College postgraduate webpages

King's A*STAR PhD Studentships

You can find information on the central Research & Innovation page. The deadline for applications is the 3rd January 2019.


Applications are invited for 3.5-year Faculty Studentships in the Department of Informatics within the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, at King’s College London, to start in September/October 2018.

To better tackle real-world challenges, the Department has strategically reorganised its activities across eight research groups and five cross-cutting hubs. We are looking to recruit students to our PhD programme to work on specific activities with these hubs. Our five hubs are Autonomous Systems, Finance, Health, Security and Urban Living. Details of the projects we are looking to recruit PhD students to can be found on our webpages

We expect that students will also 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 which will be relevant when they look for future roles. Training and mentoring in teaching and learning in higher education will be provided, and the successful applicant will be expected to attend the Faculty’s Preparing to Teach course should they undertake additional teaching duties. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to complete the Teaching Recognition at King’s programme (TRaK) which is the King’s route to achieve Higher Education Academy (HEA) professional recognition.

The Studentships are funded for 3.5 years, on a starting bursary at the standard research council rate, which is presently £16,777 per annum including London Allowance, and cover 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 all applications for 2018/2019 is 3 June 2018.  




Applicants should have a good first degree in a relevant discipline.

To be eligible for a full studentship (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 the full award if they have spent three previous years prior to the application for study in the UK. Applicants from outside the European Union are not eligible for support from the EPSRC DTP grant.

Note that these are the basic criteria imposed by the EPSRC. We will check all applicants for eligibility. 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Offers may be made to exceptional candidates before the deadline and late applications may be considered if the post has not been filled.

The deadline for all applications for 2018/2019 is 3 June 2018. 

Application process

Applicants will need to apply as a PhD student for the period of the studentship and must meet the standard PhD entry requirements.

Prior to application, applicants should contact the supervisor for the project they are interested in working on to discuss their application – details of the projects and the relevant contact details can be found on our webpages. Following this, applicants should send a a brief statement (including their King’s applicant number) to the Department PG Administrators (

The statement should indicate how the applicant’s skills, past achievements, qualifications, experience and personal qualities make them suited for the studentship.

Following the department reviewing the applicant’s statement, successful applicants will be invited to interview for an assessment of their research potential and the contribution (e.g. teaching) they can make to the activities of the department and the hubs.

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