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Research Studentships


Departmental Funding

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

PhD Studentships in Data Planning & Analytics

This five-year scholarship programme will give two graduates the opportunity to study for a PhD in Statistical Science at UCL, fully funded by Channel 4. At the same time, a salaried role with Channel 4’s Data Planning and Analytics team will provide practical real-world experience. Right now the team’s cutting-edge projects include working with the Hadoop stack, developing in R and Python, machine learning algorithms and data mining toolkits. Special consideration will be given to PhD candidates with research interests that may yield practical applications for Channel 4 but UCL and the PhD student will independently agree the thesis topic and title.

PhD Studentship in Statistical Science

Applications are invited for a PhD funding opportunity to conduct research in a branch of probability or statistics, commencing in September 2015. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Professor Petros Dellaportas on a topic aligned with his current research interests: MCMC theory, Bayesian model determination, inference and simulation methods for stochastic differential equations, time series forecasting, financial statistics, sparsity.

The studentship is tenable for 36 months and covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus a stipend of £15,863 per annum (based on the standard UK Research Council rate with London weighting). International students may also apply, but will need to source additional funding to meet the difference in cost between UK/EU and overseas tuition fees. The procedure for determining one’s tuition fee status is outlined on the UCL website

The requirement for admission to the MPhil/PhD in Statistical Science is a 1st class or high upper 2nd class Bachelor’s degree, or a Master’s degree with merit or distinction in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or a related quantitative discipline. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard are also acceptable. Further details can be found on the Departmental website.

Expressions of interest (including a CV), should be sent to Professor Dellaportas at p.dellaportas@ucl.ac.uk.


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 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.

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