Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme in UK

Applications are invited for Microsoft Research PhD
scholarship in (Microsoft Research in Cambridge) the UK. This scholarship is
available for PhD supervisors from academic institutions in EMEA. The
supervisor has up to one year to find the best possible student for the
project. Approximately 20 projects are selected for funding up to a
maximum of three years. For an application to be considered, the proposed
research must be closely related to the research carried out at Microsoft
Research in Cambridge. Application should be submitted till 26th September
2014.
Note: The online
submission system will open on 1 September 2014.
Study Subject(s): The research topics are as follows: Computational Science,
Computer-Mediated Living, Constraint Reasoning, Machine Learning and
Perception, Online Services & Advertising

, Programming Principles &
Tools and Cambridge Systems & Networking.
Course Level: Scholarship is available for PhD supervisors to carry
out a research project.
Scholarship Provider: The Microsoft Research
Scholarship can be taken at: UK (Microsoft Research in Cambridge)

Eligibility: Only PhD
supervisors should apply. If their project is selected, the supervisor has up
to one year to find the best possible student for the project. They usually
consider only one application per university department or per laboratory of a
national research institution. Only applications from institutions in Europe,
the Middle East, and Africa will be considered. For an application to be
considered, the proposed research must be closely related to the research
carried out at Microsoft Research in Cambridge.
Scholarship Open
for International Students: 
Applicants of Europe, Middle East and Africa can
apply for this Microsoft Research PhD scholarship.
Scholarship Description: The Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme in EMEA (Europe, Middle
East, and Africa) was launched in 2004 and has so far supported more than 200
PhD students across the region. Each year by September, PhD supervisors from
academic institutions in EMEA submit their proposals for collaborative research
projects with Microsoft Research Cambridge. Applications are then peer reviewed
and approximately 20 projects are selected for funding. 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.
Number of award(s): Approximately 20 projects are selected for funding.
Duration of award(s): Scholarships are offered for up to a maximum of three years.
What does it cover? Each Microsoft
scholarship consists of an annual bursary up to a maximum of three years. The
amount varies in different countries and may depend on the specific arrangement
with public research funding agencies. The bursary continues automatically the
following years, provided the Scholar meets the requirements of the
institution. Payment is made to the institution. The amount of the scholarship
is the maximum amount Microsoft Research pays to the institution. In
addition, every Scholar receives a laptop 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.
Selection Criteria: A two
stage evaluation process will be implemented for all eligible applications.
-Stage 1: A panel of Microsoft researchers determines whether an application
meets the basic selection criteria and goes through to stage 2.
-Stage 2: Applications are sent for comprehensive review to at least three
Microsoft internal or external reviewers. Ranking depends on review feedback.
Other factors, such as relevance to Microsoft research topics, are taken into
account for the selection of approximately 20 applications. Detailed feedback
will be given to all stage 2 proposals.
Notification: Applicants
notified in two stages:
-Stage 1: October 2014
-Stage 2: February 2015
How to Apply: Applications
must be submitted by academic institutions, such as from a PhD supervisor or
departmental secretary. They do not accept applications from students
directly. Applications should contain the following:
-An online application form that includes contact details of supervisor(s) and
possible reviewers. Ideally, one of the suggested reviewers should be from
Microsoft Research. If no suitable Microsoft researcher can be identified, it
may mean that the proposed research project is too far from our areas of
interest.
-A project proposal of maximum six (6) A4 pages in 10-point font, including
references. Accepted formats: plain text (.txt), .pdf, or Microsoft Office
Word (.doc or.docx) only. The research project proposal should address the
following points:
-Evidence that the research supervisor would be suitable to supervise a PhD
student for the proposed research project.
-This may include a short list of the supervisor’s recent and relevant
publications. Please consider including the URLs of the publications to make it
easier for reviewers to find them.
-Evidence that the department or laboratory offers a suitable environment for
research in the proposed area.
-Basis for the research (motivations and brief state-of-the-art, including key
references).
-Hypothesis under investigation and main aims.
-Research strategy with significant milestones if identified.
-Methods of research (for example, main techniques, experiments, and trials).
-Details of any collaboration with other departments/research bodies.
-Expected outcomes (for example, software tools).
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 26th September 2014.
Note: The online submission system will open on 1
September 2014.

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