Application information for the Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme
The Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) was launched in 2004 and has so far supported more than 200 PhD students from more than 18 countries and 51 institutions.
Each year, PhD supervisors from academic institutions in EMEA are invited to submit their proposals for collaborative research projects with Microsoft Research Cambridge. Applications are then peer reviewed and approximately 20 projects are selected for funding. PhD students are appointed to the selected projects and begin their research in the following academic year under the supervision of their academic supervisor, with co-supervision from a researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge.
This page outlines the application process for this year's programme and provides answers to relevant questions regarding eligibility, application, and selection.
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Important dates for the application process
- Online application tool opens: 1 September 2015
- Application deadline: 25 September 2015 (17:00 GMT)
- Notification of results:
- Stage 1: October 2015
- Stage 2: December 2015
Deadlines for successful applicants
- PhD agreements will be sent to institutes by: 30 January 2016
- Signed PhD agreements must be returned to Microsoft Research by: 30 June 2016
- PhD students must be appointed by: 31 March 2017
A two-stage evaluation process will be implemented for all eligible applications.
- Stage 1: A panel of Microsoft researchers determines whether an application meets the basic selection criteria and goes through to stage 2. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in October 2014, but will not receive detailed feedback.
- Stage 2: Applications are sent for comprehensive review to at least three Microsoft internal or external reviewers. Ranking depends on review feedback. Other factors, such as relevance to Microsoft research topics, are taken into account for the selection of approximately 20 applications. Detailed feedback will be given to all stage 2 proposals.
Decisions are made solely at the discretion of Microsoft Research and all decisions are final.
Applicants (PhD supervisors) have until 31 March 2017 to propose the best and most suitable student possible to carry out the proposed research project.
Each Microsoft scholarship consists of an annual bursary up to a maximum of three years. The monetary value of the award varies by country to reflect local differences in costs and overheads. Payment is made directly to the institution. The amount of the scholarship is the maximum amount Microsoft Research pays to the institution. In addition, every Scholar receives a fixed hardware allowance and conference allowance.
By applying, the PI and university or research institute is willing to accept the MRL Term Sheet as the basis for the scholarship.
Microsoft has a pool of CASE awards that may apply. In these circumstances, EPSRC terms and conditions will apply.
During the course of their PhD, Scholars are invited to Microsoft Research in Cambridge for a PhD Summer School that includes a series of talks of academic interest and posters sessions, which provides the Scholars the opportunity to present their work to Microsoft researchers and a number of Cambridge academics.
Some of the Scholars may also be offered—at the sole discretion of Microsoft Research—an internship in one of the Microsoft Research laboratories. Internships involve working on a project alongside and as part of a team of Microsoft researchers. Scholars are paid during their internship—in addition to their scholarship bursary. Interested Scholars can apply through the Microsoft Research internship website.
Note: All intellectual property rights associated with funded PhD projects are subject to the terms and conditions in the MRL Term Sheet.
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