The Queen’s University Belfast is now accepting applications for Leverhulme (LINCS) PhD Scholarship Opportunities for the year 2018. LINCS offers fully-funded doctoral studentships to outstanding applicants.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
The Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS) at Queen’s University Belfast has been established to support pioneering research at the interface between the social sciences and electronic engineering & computer science.
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Institution/Country: Queen’s University Belfast/ UK
Sponsor: The Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS) at Queen’s University Belfast
- LINCS offers fully-funded doctoral studentships to outstanding applicants. We provide a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of the study, which incorporates:
- Full tuition fees at Standard UK Rates (currently £4,195 per annum) for three years (based on 2017/18 rate – 2018/19 rate to be confirmed)
- A maintenance award at the Research Councils UK national rate (£14,553 per annum – based on 2017/18 rate – 2018/19 rate to be confirmed)
- £1,000 per annum research training and expenses to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork
- Financial support to participate in the annual Student-Led Conference, which includes specialist training as well as events focusing on career development and enhancing your employability
- Access to additional research funding from a central LINCS research support fund
- Financial support for placements, international conferences and the acquisition of the skills necessary for you to complete your Ph.D. to the highest standards.
Course Level: Doctorate Degree
Study Subject: Scholarship is awarded to support pioneering research between the social sciences and electronic engineering & computer science.
- Applicants must hold a minimum 2nd Class Upper Degree (2:1) or equivalent qualification in a relevant Technology, Social Science or Humanities Based subject
- Applicants must be a UK or EU citizen
- Applications from non-UK or non-EU citizens may be accepted on an exceptional basis but additional funding to cover International student fees is not available and must be secured by the applicant prior to starting
- Applicants must be proficient in both writing and speaking in English
- Successful applicants must be prepared to live and work in Northern Ireland for the duration of their studies
- Interested candidates must consult the main topic contact at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their research plans and application, or Professor John Morison in relation to an Open Proposal.
UK or EU citizens are eligible to apply. Applications from non-UK or non-EU citizens may be accepted on an exceptional basis but additional funding to cover International student fees is not available and must be secured by the applicant prior to starting.
Duration: Duration of Course
- Step One:
Before you apply you will need to explore with our Project Contacts whether your area of research interest can be supervised and supported. Please see the lead supervisor indicated beside each project.
The full list of specific projects for 2017 entry can be found here – ?LINCS Information and Guidance Notes 2017
In addition to the specific projects listed under each priority theme, applicants may propose their own interdisciplinary topic that aligns with one or more of the priority themes.
In this case, please contact Professor John Morison in the first instance.
- Step Two:
Complete an Online Application Form
All applications must be made via the Queen’s University Applications Portal.
You must include the code LINCS18 on your application form to indicate that you wish to be considered for a LINCS award.
Applicants should choose the option “I wish to be considered for external funding” and then enter LINCS18 in the free text box which follows.
Completing your application
- All applicants must provide an up-to-date CV; this should be uploaded to the Admissions Portal as a separate document*
- All applicants are required to provide a 100-400 word statement detailing how their Ph.D. will address the interdisciplinary aspects of the LINCS programme
- Applicants wishing to propose an interdisciplinary Ph.D. topic of their own, that aligns with one or more of the LINCS priority themes, must upload a 400-word research proposal that describes the topic as a separate document.* This research proposal must clearly identify a potential supervisory team and which of the themes it relates to
- Applicants must provide the name of an Academic Referee in support. Failure to provide a referee will result in the application being rejected
- Please note, failure to include the reference LINCS18 in the free text box may result in your application not being allocated or considered for funding.
*Please note that only one document can be uploaded, you must combine your CV and Research Proposal into one document (word or PDF).