Research Studentships


Departmental Funding

Details of any specific funding opportunities available within the Department will be listed here, as and when they arise.


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 20 GRS and approximately 30 ORS are available annually to prospective and current UCL research students. Since a combined selection panel will consider ranked applications forwarded by all UCL departments, competition is stiff.

Full details on these scholarships, inlcuding the eligibility requirements and application procedure are available from the links below. Applicants will be considered for a GRS, and overseas fee payers will also automatically be considered for an ORS.

The contact in the Department of Statistical Science for step 2 of the application procedure is:

Dr Russell Evans
stats.pgr-admissions AT ucl.ac.uk

The deadline for completing both steps of the application procedure is Friday, 6 January 2017

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarships

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarships

Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarships Council (CSC) aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological co-operation between the UK and China.

Ten awards are available for students intending to pursue research within the Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences (which includes the Department of Statistical Science). A further five awards are available for students intending to pursue research in any subject area in accordance with the CSC’s priorities.

Candidates must first apply for admission to and tuition fee funding from UCL before submitting an application to the CSC. The application for admission to UCL should be submitted directly by the candidate using the online form. The candidate's prospective supervisor should then contact Dr Russell Evans to express an interest in the candidate being nominated for the tuition fee funding. The deadline for completing both these steps is Friday, 6 January 2017.

Please note that UCL is currently in the process of renewing its agreement with the China Scholarship Council to provide these awards for 2017/18, and the information above is therefore subject to change. If there are any changes, they will be announced on the above-linked page as soon as possible.

Alan Turing Institute Doctoral Studentship Scheme

The ATI offers a number of 3.5 year PhD scholarships aimed at students who wish to combine deep technical understanding in core competencies (including mathematical statistics, inference) with an appropriate degree of scientific breadth from an in-depth exposure across the spectrum of data science challenges and opportunities.

To participate in the scheme, students must be accepted for doctoral study in an academic discipline core to data science through one of the Institute’s founding partner universities (e.g. UCL), under the supervision of academic staff who are substantially engaged with the Institute.

Initial applications should be made directly to the ATI. For students interested in pursuing topics in data science, which include a strong overlap with areas of statistics, 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.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Financial Computing & Analytics

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Financial Computing & Analytics 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 CDT 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.

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.