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The Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme in UK, 2014

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The Microsoft Research offers 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 2013.

Note: The online submission system will open on 1 September 2013.

Study Subject(s): Scholarship is provided in the field of Computational Science, Computer-Mediated Living, Constraint Reasoning, Machine Learning and Perception, Online Services & Advertising, Programming Principles & Tools and Cambridge Systems & Networking.
Course Level: This 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. We 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 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.

Notification: Applicants notified in two stages:
-Stage 1: October 2013
-Stage 2: February 2014

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online. Applications must be submitted by academic institutions, such as from a PhD supervisor or departmental secretary. We 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 2013.

Note: The online submission system will open on 1 September 2013.

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