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Doctoral Studentship Opportunities

Application process

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Applications for studentships in the Doctoral Centre for Safe, Ethical and Secure Computing (SEtS) should follow the standard admissions process for applying for a PhD in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York. Applications must be received by the deadline shown in the 'Key Dates' section, below. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

In addition to the standard supporting documents that are required for all PhD applications, applicants for SEtS Studentships must also complete a supplementary SEtS Studentship application form.

The SEtS Studentship application form must be jointly completed by the applicant and the supervisor to ensure that the PhD research proposal is aligned to the topics of safe, ethical and secure computing. It is therefore important that the research proposal is discussed and defined before you submit your application.

Applications submitted without the form will be treated as regular applications to the PhD programme in the Department of Computer Science and will not be considered for the Centre's studentships.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Studentships are available to all applicants holding either 'Home' or 'Overseas' fees status. We especially welcome applications from women and other minority groups in STEM.

Applications received will be ranked by the quality of the entire submission, including CV, university grades at undergraduate and postgraduate level (predicted and/or obtained), and performance at interview. In particular, we will look for evidence that demonstrates a clear ability to engage with the main aims of the Doctoral Centre for Safe, Ethical and Secure Computing.

For submissions of equivalent quality, preference will be given to applicants supervised by an Early Career Researcher (i.e. within 12 years of the completion of their PhD).

Application for doctoral studentships is open to individuals who wish to study for their PhD on-campus at the University of York. Unfortunately, this funding opportunity is not available to individuals wishing to complete their PhD via distance learning. 

Professor Ana Cavalcanti sitting in front of white blinds wearing a black top and red jacket.

"We have a long-standing tradition of research on software and systems design and verification, including real-time issues and assurance of safety. With strong connections to the University's YorRobots, the Institute for Safe Autonomy and the RoboStar research group, SEtS will train the next generation of researchers to contribute to ongoing work in these groups."

Professor Ana Cavalcanti - Chair of YorRobots Executive Committee; Research Lead for Design & Verification, Institute for Safe Autonomy; Member of RoboStar Research Group; Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies

Key dates

Details Timescale
Application submission period 15 November 2022 - 15 February 2023
Shortlisting 16 February 2023 - 06 March 
Interviews  07 March 2023 - 30 March 2023 
Notification of offers 03 April 2023
Deadline for accepting studentship offers 17 April 2023

The SEtS Doctoral Studentships will start on 18 September 2023.

Step-by-step guidance for applicants

Before you start your application, we encourage you to carefully read the following guidance:


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