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Research Studentships


Departmental Funding

This section provides details of specific funding opportunities currently on offer within the Department.

PhD Studentship in Computational Statistics for Inhomogenous Multiresolution Random Fields

As autonomous systems become ever more sophisticated there is growing interest in spatial-statistical models and computer-aided approaches to data analysis for various problems in the oceanography, oil and gas, defence, and counter-terrorism sectors. In addition to the myriad noise sources polluting the data capture process, the complexity and variability of the environment and potential objects of interest present major challenges to current statistical methodology in these problem domains.

This project will consider new inhomogeneous, multiresolution random field models and inferential statistics to underpin some key imagery analysis tasks such as enhancement, detection, and segmentation. Candidates with an interest in just one (or more) of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: computational statistics, spatial models, random fields, statistical/machine learning, computer vision, and image analysis. Informal enquiries to Dr James Nelson are welcomed.

The award is tenable for 36 months and covers tuition fees plus a stipend of £15,863 per annum (based on the standard UK Research Council rate with London weighting). This studentship may only be awarded to applicants liable to pay tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (i.e. it cannot be used to part-cover overseas tuition fees).

Studentship Start Date: September 2014


UCL Funding

There are also a number of relevant schemes funded from elsewhere within UCL.

UCL Research Scholarships

UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) and Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) aim to attract high-quality students to undertake research at UCL. Up to 17 GRS and approximately 40 ORS are available annually to prospective and current UCL research students.

Applicants will be considered for a GRS, and overseas fee payers will also be considered for an ORS . You only need to complete one application form to be considered for both of these funding schemes, provided you fulfil the relevant eligibility criteria.

Since a combined selection panel will consider ranked applications forwarded by all UCL departments, competition is stiff.

UCL Scholarships for CSC Applicants

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) offers maintenance funding for postgraduate research students from China studying in the UK. The Department of Statistical Science may support a limited number of CSC applications from academically talented students by providing a scholarship that covers their PhD tuition fees.

In order to be eligible for the scheme, prospective students should apply for admission to the MPhil/PhD Statistical Science no later than mid-January and indicate clearly on the application form that the CSC is a potential source of funding. Applicants would then be informed by the end of February whether or not they will be considered for the tuition scholarship. This will provide enough time for them to complete the CSC scholarship online application form with the confirmation that they are to receive the tuition scholarship if awarded the CSC support.

UK PhD Centre in Financial Computing

The UK Centre for Financial Computing offers a number of 3 and 4 year PhD Scholarships, jointly funded by UCL and leading companies in the financial and business sectors.

Students interested in pursuing topics in financial computing, which include a strong overlap with areas of statistics, can be nominated by the Department of Statistical Science (subject to eligibity).

Interested students should register with the Centre and also apply for admission to the MPhil/PhD Statistical Science, indicating clearly that the UKCFC is a potential source of funding.

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership at UCL offers 4 year scholarships to students interested in multidisciplinary research degrees in environmental science, which may have a strong overlap with areas of statistics.

Interested students should apply directly to the DTP. It may be advantageous to discuss research topics with staff members in the Department of Statistical Science so that they may be identified as potential supervisors at the time of application. A list of PhD projects submitted by UCL researchers (some of whom are based in the Department of Statistical Science) is available at the link below.

CoMPLEX

The Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX) at UCL offers 3 and 4 year scholarships to students interested in multidisciplinary research degrees in the medical and life sciences, which may have a strong overlap with areas of statistics.

Interested students should apply directly to the Centre. It may be advantageous to discuss research topics with staff members in the Department of Statistical Science so that they may be identified as potential supervisors at the time of application.

Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre

The Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (SECReT) at UCL offers 4 year PhD scholarships to students interested in multidisciplinary security- or crime-related research degrees, which may have a strong overlap with areas of statistics.

Interested students should apply directly for admission to the Department of Security and Crime Science. It may be advantageous to discuss research topics with staff members in the Department of Statistical Science so that they may be identified as potential supervisors at the time of application.

UCL Impact Awards

The UCL Impact Awards fund PhD students for up to four years in partnership with organisations such as private companies, charities, and government institutes. In exceptional cases, UCL units may also serve as funding partners. Although typically a potential supervisor applies for such an award, it may be advantageous to have an admitted MPhil/PhD student already identified as the beneficiary.

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