Kent Research Institute PhD Scholarships for Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

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April 10, 2023
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Scholarship value

Successful candidates of the scholarships will receive the following:

  • Annual stipend at UKRI rates (£17,668 in 2022/23);
  • Annual tuition fees at Home rates (£4,596 in 2022/23)

  • 2023/24 rates to be announced.
  • NOTE: This scholarship call covers full costs of Home (UK) applicants. EU and international applicants are welcome to apply but they must be willing to make up the fee difference between Home and International rates.


    The application cutting-off deadline for the scholarships is Monday 10th April 2023, 23:59 BST.

    We encourage applicants to submit their applications asap since the selection process will take place immediately after each application is received.


    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. In addition, programmes of study at individual schools have specific entry requirements that need to be fulfilled (for these, please check under the ‘entry requirements’ tab on Kent’s course finder page).

    The University of Kent requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. For more information on English language requirements, please visit this page.

    Further details

    The Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS) at the University of Kent is delighted to invite applications for 2 doctoral scholarships starting in the academic year 2023 (from September 2023). The call is open to candidates interested in pursuing a PhD programme within the three participating schools of iCSS (School of Computing, School of Engineering, School of Politics and International Relations) on a research project directly linked to iCSS.

    iCSS promote wide-ranging interdisciplinary research in cyber security and help enhance the cyber security skills and awareness of their students and the wider community. iCSS achieve this through a diverse range of cyber security activities, including research, education, and wider impact activities. Our external partnerships with industries, governmental bodies and non- governmental organisations (NGOs) enable us to develop wide-ranging collaborations with the cyber security community in the UK and worldwide. iCSS represent 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). More about iCSS can be found on its website https: //

    How to apply

    Applications for the Kent Research Institute scholarships 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 the named supervisor(s):

    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

    School of Politics and International Relations: Gareth Mott, Harmonie Toros

    Note that it is possible to name more than one supervisor. We encourage inter- disciplinary research topics that can engage with two named supervisors from two different schools.

    Contact the iCSS Director Professor Shujun Li [email protected] 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 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 information and supporting documentation.
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