Department Funding for PhDs

The Department offers competitive funding opportunities for new PhD students. Please see below for more information regarding Annual and One-off Studentships.

To be considered for competitive funding, you should apply no later than 15 January of the (calendar) year in which you wish to start: applications will be considered from October of the previous year.

You must submit:

  • a full PhD application, via the University of York application system
    • your application must name one or more proposed supervisors
    • you must include full transcripts
    • all references must be received before you are interviewed
  • a research proposal which has, ideally, been discussed with and worked on with your proposed supervisor(s)

Your application must state that you wish to be considered for competitive funding.    

You will not be considered in the competitive funding round if your application is incomplete on the closing date for submission.

You will be interviewed, and your interviewers will seek evidence that you have strong research potential and that your interests are aligned with those of the department.

Competitive funding offers are usually made by the third week of February in the year the course commences.

Annual and One-off Studentships

PhD studentships in High-Rate Quantum Communications

A PhD studentship, supported by EPSRC funding through York, is available to work on high-rate quantum communications. Research will be focused on determining the secret key capacity of some of the most relevant quantum channels as well as designing practical high-rate protocols that are able to approximate such ultimate performances. The work may also involve the analysis and numerical simulation of a high-rate secure quantum network. Background in quantum information and/or quantum optics is advised. This PhD project, funded by EPSRC, is available to start no later than October 2017 (sooner start is possible if a suitable candidate is found). Please contact Professor Stefano Pirandola ( for further information about this specific PhD project.

Integrated Correctness Analysis and Performance Evaluation of Software (appplications now closed)

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD scholarship to be undertaken within the Department of Computer Science at the University of York. The successful applicant will join one of UK’s top research departments in Computer Science, and will pursue research under the supervision of Dr. Mike Dodds and Dr. Radu Calinescu, with co-supervision from a researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge.

The PhD student may be offered a paid internship in one of the Microsoft Research laboratories, to work on a project alongside and as part of a team of Microsoft researchers.

PhDs in Model-Based Development for Critical Systems for UK candidates (appplications now closed)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) wishes to increase skills relevant to nuclear engineering, and has funded a programme of work at a number of Universities, including Cambridge and York. There are two PhDs available in York from April 2017, individual research projects could start earlier or later in the year,‚Äč if mutually convenient. Knowledge of safety engineering and/or safety critical systems is a bonus but not essential. Interest and experience in MBSE is desirable. Candidates should be able and willing to develop tools, based on platforms such as Eclipse, in order to demonstrate the approaches being studies. Candidates must be UK Nationals. 

China Scholarships Council joint research scholarships 2017/18 (appplications now closed)

The University is currently offering up to ten joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council (CSC).

The scholarships are open to Chinese nationals intending to begin a PhD in the 2017/18 academic year. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and CSC priorities. For full details of the scheme follow this link.

Departmental Research Studentship Award (DRSA) (appplications now closed)

The Department offers a minimum of three Departmental Research Studentship Awards for new PhD students each year.  The DRSA is a fee-waiver for the tuition fees of the three-year PhD programme.  The fees will be payable at the rate applicable to the student. Please refer to our University fees page.

Departmental UK/EU PhD Studentships (DTA) (appplications now closed)

The Department allocates Doctoral Training Awards from its EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant. The awards are for new PhD students and provide a fee waiver at the Home/EU rate for three years, and a stipend designed to cover living expenses.  The EPSRC eligibility criteria vary from year to year. Please refer to the EPSRC webpage for more information on eligibility. 

IGGI Studentships (appplications now closed)

The EPSRC IGGI PhD programme awards are for new PhD students whose proposed research pushes back the boundaries of computer game design and creation or explores the use of games for cultural and social benefit.  Although EPSRC eligibility criteria apply, there is also limited funding for exceptional non-EU students.  The studentships covers a stipend and fees for the four-year PhD programme. At least three studentships are available and are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Please refer to the IGGI website for more information.

The University also has a number of scholarships available - you may be eligible to apply for these.

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