Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentship for Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

University of Kent
June 11, 2023
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Scholarship value

GTA award include fees plus a combined maintenance grant and salary equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£18,622 for 2023/24)


Sunday 11 June 2023, 23:59 BST


The studentship is open to Home and Overseas (including EU) students. Applicants to a PhD programme should normally hold a good Honours degree (First or 2:1) or a Master’s Degree (at Merit or Distinction) in a relevant discipline, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution. Programmes of study at individual schools have specific entry requirements that need to be fulfilled (please check under the ‘entry requirements’ tab on Kent’s course finder page).

Further details

The Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS) is delighted to invite applications for a GTA studentship starting in September 2023. The call is open to home and overseas candidates interested in pursuing a PhD programme in any discipline or disciplines at the University of Kent on a research project directly linked to one of our recently established Research Institutes.

iCSS promotes wide-ranging interdisciplinary research in cyber security and helps enhance the cyber security skills and awareness of their students and the wider community. iCSS represents the University of Kent as one of the 19 Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR), jointly recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC, part of GCHQ) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, part of UKRI – UK Research and Innovation).

Alongside completing your PhD programme of research and development, as a GTA you will normally be expected to work for 200 hours per annum in years 1 to 3, including teaching (maximum 96 contact hours per year) or demonstrating (maximum 130 contact hours per year) and related duties such as marking, preparation and examination. Further details of GTA terms and conditions are here Terms and Conditions - GTAs - Scholarships - University of Kent

GTAs hold a unique position in the University; they are both registered PhD students in receipt of a scholarship award and employees of the University of Kent.

How to apply

Applications for the Kent Research Institute scholarship will be student-led. The applicant is required to contact at least one of the following eligible PhD supervisors to discuss their proposed project topic and get one or more of them to agree as a named supervisor:

School of Computing: Budi Arief, Mark Batty, Sanjay Bhattacherjee, Virginia Franqueira, Julio Hernandez-Castro, Gareth Howells, Özgür Kafali, Rogério de Lemos, Shujun Li, Jason Nurse, Carlos Perez Delgado, Vineet Rajani

School of Engineering: Richard Guest, Sanaul Hoque

Note it is possible to name more than one supervisor. Having two named supervisors from two different schools is encouraged.

Contact the iCSS Director Professor Shujun Li if you have general queries or find it difficult to identify an appropriate supervisor.

Applicants should follow the University of Kent’s online application process. As part of the process, you should include the following:

  • your reasons for study
  • your research proposal;
  • how your research fits with the iCSS’s research themes and cross-cutting topics;
  • details of your qualifications (including at least all university transcripts and degree certificates);
  • two academic references; and
  • other relevant personal information and supporting documentation.
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