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DPhil Studentships - Deadline for applications 20th January, 2012

Posted: 19th September 2011

The Department of Computer Science invites applications for full and partial scholarships for DPhil (Doctor of Philosophy) study to commence in October 2012.

The Department of Computer Science has several competitive scholarships available for full-time doctoral (DPhil) study to commence in October 2012. The department offers a vibrant research environment, supported by £30M of research grants from research councils, EU and industry. In the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), 80% of our research was judged 4* (world leading) and 3* (internationally excellent). Applications are invited in the following areas:

Computational Biology:

 Foundations, Logic and Structures:

 Information Systems:

 Programming Languages:

 Software Engineering:


 Computer Security:

There is also the opportunity for cross-disciplinary research in areas such as Linguistics, Biology, Medicine, Quantum Foundations and Quantum Computation.

The scholarships typically include full or partial support towards college and university fees, as well as maintenance of at least £13,590 per annum. Several types of scholarships are available, some of which carry nationality restrictions. EPSRC DTG scholarships are of three and a half years’ duration and are available to home students or EU students who studied in the UK for three years previously. Partial (fees only) EPSRC DTG awards are available to EU students, with the possibility of applying for top-up funding from the department.

Clarendon scholarships are for three years and are open to all students. Oxford’s Clarendon Fund is the UK’s largest university graduate scholarship scheme, offering at least 100 full scholarships every year to graduate students of all nationalities, awarded on the basis of academic excellence.  For more information on how to apply for a Clarendon Fund scholarship please visit:

Departmental awards are typically partial and carry no nationality restrictions. In addition, a broad range of scholarships are administered centrally at Oxford, for example China-Oxford and Scatcherd European (nationality and course restrictions apply).

The Laboratory also offers project studentships which are advertised on an ad hoc basis as they become available; they are advertised here.

Applications are made online and information about how to apply, including requirements and links to the online prospectus, colleges and university funding, is available from:

Scholarship applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before 18 November 2011, and must apply by 20 January 2012 at the latest. To be considered for a scholarship, candidates must have been accepted for doctoral study at Oxford. Applicants are asked to consider how their research interests correspond with the existing expertise in the department, and are asked to identify and approach potential supervisors directly, or enquire through the email address given below. Due to the high volume of applications we receive you should aim to submit your application two weeks before these deadlines. The scholarships are highly competitive.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and decisions are expected between March and May 2012.

When applying for these studentships, please quote the following studentship codes:

12-COMP-DEPT-WEB (if you are applying from the Department of Computer Science web pages) or

12-COMP-DEPT-JOBS (if you are applying via

Enquiries and requests for further information should be directed to: