Application Deadline: 25 September 2015 (17:00 GMT)
The Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) was launched in 2004 and has so far supported more than 200 PhD students from more than 18 countries and 51 institutions.
Each year, PhD supervisors from academic institutions in EMEA are invited to submit their proposals for collaborative research projects with Microsoft Research Cambridge. Applications are then peer reviewed and approximately 20 projects are selected for funding.
The Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme was developed in 2004 to support research collaborations between academics in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region with Microsoft Research researchers in the Cambridge Lab. Currently, there are approximately 100 students working at universities and research organizations across the whole region on peer-reviewed projects and in collaboration with their Microsoft Research Cambridge co-supervisors.
PhD students are appointed to the selected projects and begin their research in the following academic year under the supervision of their academic supervisor, with co-supervision from a researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge.
Only PhD supervisors should apply. If their project is selected, the supervisor has until 31 March 2017 to find the best possible student for the project; otherwise, the PhD Agreement will be terminated automatically. Only applications from institutions in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will be considered.
For an application to be considered, the following key requirements apply:
- The institute agrees to the terms and conditions in the MRL Term Sheet.
- The applicant must be in dialogue with the prospective Microsoft supervisor prior to the submission deadline and jointly drafting the proposal.
- The proposed research must be closely related to the following research topics carried out at Microsoft Research in Cambridge.
- Each Microsoft scholarship consists of an annual bursary up to a maximum of three years. The monetary value of the award varies by country to reflect local differences in costs and overheads.
- Payment is made directly to the institution. The amount of the scholarship is the maximum amount Microsoft Research pays to the institution.
- In addition, every Scholar receives a fixed hardware allowance and conference allowance.
- During the course of their PhD, Scholars are invited to Microsoft Research in Cambridge for a PhD Summer School that includes a series of talks of academic interest and posters sessions, which provides the Scholars the opportunity to present their work to Microsoft researchers and a number of Cambridge academics.
Important dates for the application process
- Online application tool opens: 1 September 2015
- Application deadline: 25 September 2015 (17:00 GMT)
- Notification of results:
- Stage 1: October 2015
- Stage 2: December 2015
Deadlines for successful applicants
- PhD agreements will be sent to institutes by: 30 January 2016
- Signed PhD agreements must be returned to Microsoft Research by: 30 June 2016
- PhD students must be appointed by: 31 March 2017
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