PhD Fellowships 2017 - Computer Science, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Publish Date: Mar 22, 2017

Deadline: Apr 10, 2017

Important Information

Supervisor: Dr Johannes Kinder
Application deadline: April 10, 2017
Start date: September 2017
Duration: 3-4 years
Annual Stipend: about £16,000 (tax free)

About the Fellowship

The Department of Computer Science invites applications for PhD positions that will be funded by the Department's Reid Scholarships programme, awarded on the basis of academic excellence to new students who will commence a research programme in 2017-18.

I am looking for applicants interested in the areas of programming languages, system security, and software engineering. Please contact me for further information and for discussing potential areas for the PhD project.

A Reid Scholarship provides support of ca. £16,000 per year over 3 years for a full-time student. It also includes a fee waiver to cover fees for UK, EU, or international students.


You should have a solid foundation in Computer Science and ideally be experienced in techniques for program analysis, compilers, or reverse engineering.

The scholarships are available to Computer Science graduates starting their PhD studies in September 2017. UK, EU and International students are eligible.

How to Apply

Applicants should prepare:

  • a covering letter describing your reasons and qualifications for pursuing a a PhD in this area;
  • a research proposal (about 2000 words) in one of the areas above. The proposal should make clear why it addresses an important problem, the current state of the art, and the proposed conttribution to the state of the art;
  • a current CV;
  • documentation about your actual or expected degree and results of previous university examinations;
  • two academic references, i.e., contact information of academics that are able to recommend you for the PhD program.

These documents should be submitted together with an online application following the application procedure.

Application Procedure

1. Make informal enquiries

You are encouraged to contact the postgraduate administrator, or director of graduate studies, for specific information on current opportunities available and to see if there is a member of staff who may be interested in overseeing your research.

You need to provide details about your research interests as well as a summary of your academic qualifications (a brief one to two page CV will be useful) and if you are self-funded or require funding.

Your enquiry will then be forwarded to the relevant members of staff who will be able to provide detailed guidance on what is required for an application.

2. Submit an application

When you have secured a supervisor for your research project you should then submit an application form using Royal Holloway Direct.

One of the most important elements of your application is a research proposal, which acts as an outline of your proposed research project.

It should include:

  • the title of your proposed thesis
  • the main aims of your research (why do you think it’s worth doing?)
  • links to any previous work or hypotheses on the topic
  • information about available resources and any required
  • the research methods you intend to use, as well as a plan and timetable of work.

Your potential supervisor will be able to help you with the discipline-specific requirements of your research proposal and suggest a word length. There’s also more general guidance on writing a research proposal.

3. Required documents

The application should be completed using Royal Holloway Direct, and it is important to state on this form if you want to study full- or part-time, and if you are a self-funded student or applying for a specific source of funding (scholarship).

Having registered, additional documents can be uploaded directly onto Royal Holloway Direct. These can include some or all of the following:

  • a brief research proposal
  • academic transcripts
  • English language qualifications, if your first language is not English
  • academic references
  • resume or CV (if available) to show published work and any industrial experience

4. Accepting your offer

If you are successful in receiving an offer, you can accept it by completing the Offer Reply Form. Alternatively, complete the paper form that was sent with your offer letter and return to the Admissions Office.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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