Funding for PhD applicants

There are a number of different routes you can take for applying to do a PhD with me at UCL. I have summarised the various routes on this page, but feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

Main Funding Routes:

  • The UCL Statistical Science department PhD programme. This is a standard PhD programme, and is most appropriate if you are interested in a PhD on statistical or machine learning theory or methodology. To obtain funding as an international student, the main option is the Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarship. It is common to apply for both of these simultaneously, and the deadline is usually in mid-January. For UK nationals, you can apply for the department scholarships, which are usually advertised in February/March.
  • The centre for doctoral training (CDT) in Foundations of AI. This is most appropriate if your research interests are at the intersection of statistical and machine learning theory or methodology. Unlike the Statistical Science department, this is a programme with a cohort of students all doing AI-related research, and includes a number of cohort events throughout the year. Again, the standard route for international students are the Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarship. For UK nationals, the CDT has a number of scholarships and it is often possible to apply later (although early applicants are more likely to be allocated funding).
  • The London NERC doctoral training partnership (DTP). This PhD programme is a joint programme across a number of London institutions, and is appropriate if you are interested in a project at the intersection of statistics/machine learning and the environmental sciences. For this particular programme, you first need to be admitted to the NERC DTP (a process I am not involved with), and can contact me during your first year at the point where you are looking for a supervisor.

You can find more details on the application process for PhDs at UCL through the UCL graduate study guide. You can also find tips on writing a convincing research statement on this page.

Alternative Funding Routes:

There are a number of other possible funding routes. At UCL, this includes the CDT in Financial Computing and Data Science, the CDT in Data Intensive Science and the Health Data Research UK/Turing PhD programme. Several schemes independent of UCL may also be of interest. A list of possible options is provided here, and the following tool may be of help when searching for a scholarship you are eligible for. Depending on your country of origion, you may also be eligible for a fee partnership from UCL. Finally, one other option is the commonwealth PhD scholarships for “high-income countries” or “least developed countries and fragile states”.