UK : D.Phil Studentship Query-Driven Data Acquisition from Web-based Data Sources

University of Oxford - Oxford University Computing Laboratory

The Information Systems Research Group is offering a fully funded D.Phil position in Oxford University's Computing Laboratory. This position is associated with the EPSRC project Query-Driven Data Acquisition from Web-based Data Sources, under the supervision of Professor Michael Benedikt. The project deals with gathering data from the "hidden Web", exploiting knowledge about the queries and datasources involved.
The studentship is fully funded (at Home/EU fees level - overseas candidates will need supplementary funding) for 3½ years from 1st October 2010. It includes a stipend of at least £13,290 per year as well as provision for travel to conferences.Candidates must satisfy the usual requirements:
for studying for a doctorate at Oxford. In addition, the student should be skilled in theoretical computer science. For this position it would be particularly useful to have a strong background in logic.
Preferences will be given to applications received by 15th February, 2010but applications received after this date may still be considered.
Applications are made online and information about how to apply, including requirements and links to the online prospectus, colleges and university funding, is available from:
Please quote the following studentship codes on the application form:
10-COMP-MB-JOBS (If you are applying from

UK Phd at Anglia Ruskin University - Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences


Anglia Ruskin University - Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences

In the recent Research Assessment Exercise the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences achieved outstanding success, with four subject areas rated as having 'world leading' research, five subjects as having 'international' level research and History and English being rated among the best in the country. As a result we are pleased to be able to offer the following studentship:
1 fees-only studentship.
Any area of English Language or Literature including: Renaissance Drama, Romantic poetry, Nineteenth-century literature, Classical reception, Science Fiction, Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Modernism.
Application forms should be downloaded from
and completed quoting 'HR online studentship' on the application form. Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Office:
Or Address: Admissions Office, Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ with a covering letter, no later than 4th January 2010.
Queries in the first instance to: Helen Jones, 0845 196 2475,
  • The start date is February or September 2010.
  • Overseas applicants are welcome to apply but are required to pay the difference between the Home//EU fees and the overseas rate.
  • Applicants should hold a Masters degree awarded by a UK university, or an overseas Masters of equivalent standard, provided that the Masters degree is in an appropriate cognate area and that the Masters degree includes training in research and the execution of a research project. Applicants who hold a first or upper second class degree may also be considered.
  • Students for whom English is not their first language must meet our required minimum level of English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5 in all skills, or equivalent).

Germany - Pursue tuition-free Doctoral programme (PhD)

Realize your dreams!! Pursue tuition-free Doctoral programme (PhD) in Germany!!
What else do you want to know! All Doctoral Programmes in Germany are tuition-free!! Owing to this there are many takers for Doctoral Research in Germany from other countries.
If you are aiming to pursue PhD in Germany, there are two ways you can apply for:
Independent Research under supervision
Structured PhD Programme
Before applying for a PhD Programme you should know that Germany does not have a system of graduate schools, centers and colleges. In fact there is no binding curriculum that guides a student throughout the programme. Therefore it is clear that a student can choose from a variety of programmes, precisely the programme that inspires him/her the most for a Doctoral Research. However any Doctoral Research is incomplete without submission of thesis or dissertation substantiating the research work you have undertaken. And as a matter of fact this thesis or piece of dissertation ought to be validated by an authority in the subject. So prior to carrying out an Independent Research, the students are supposed to get their Research Proposal authenticated by a Supervising Professor. The Supervising Professor keeps evaluating and directing the research periodically.

Humboldt University Germany Scholarships
We can now see in a nutshell how an Independent Research Programme is carried out:
Finding a Supervising Professor: Since there is no such defined academic body in Germany, that takes the responsibility of conducting a bound Research Programme, the student has to solely rely upon the University he/she chooses and the Supervising Professor belonging to that particular University.
Students aspiring for an Independent Research usually look for experts in the subject in journals, publications or search engines. Students can also approach Universities conducting similar research activities and correspond directly with the respective Head of the Department.

Humboldt University Germany Scholarships
In some cases the Dean’s office (Dekanat) can help as can the office of international affairs or even the counseling office.
Things to do when meeting the Supervising Professor:
Submitting a Project Proposal (description of your field and topic of interest)
A substantiating evidence, something like relevant experience you have in the field
Letters of Recommendation vouching for your academic competence and diligence
You can write your thesis or dissertation in English ‘only’ if the Supervising Professor agrees. If not you have to make your written presentation in German. For doing this you should have passed the DSH (German language test) or TestDaF (German language test; in Hong Kong TestDaF is offered 4 times a year at HK Baptist University).
Prior to enrolling for a PhD, the University you graduated in has to be assessed. It means you have to be an alumnus of a University (of your country) meeting the German University Standards.
You will also have to prepare a piece of scientific research, comprising 20-50 pages. Besides this you might be asked to take a written or oral test, in the subject you aspire to pursue research.
You will have to apply for a ‘student’ visa, not ‘tourist’ visa
B) Structured PhD Programmes:
Structured PhD-programmes or IPP’s (International Postgraduate Programmes) have been introduced by the German higher education recently. There are around 360 Doctoral programmes offered in Germany, of which around 130 have an international focus.
For more information about structured PhD programmes please go to International Postgraduate Programmes (IPP).

Italy - Ph.D. in History & Civilization, Florence, Italy

Ph.D. in History & Civilization
Outstanding research environment for scholars from all over Europe, Florence, Italy
Leading European institution for post-graduate studies in history and civilization for the early modern and modern period
European research focus, cosmopolitan ambiance, cultural and linguistic diversity
Focus on comparative, transnational and global history
Four-year Ph.D. grants
Exchange programmes with major European and US universities
First-class library and data access
Extensive computing facilities
Career development
Language courses
Housing information
Postdoctoral and senior fellowships



UK - PhD Studentship in Physics, Chemistry, nanoTechnology & Optoelectronics

PhD Studentship in Physics, Chemistry, nanoTechnology & Optoelectronics
Job Description : Nanotechnology can design new properties by tuning materials size, composition and organisation. From October onward, St Andrews University seeks to appoint a PhD student to work in a multidisciplinary and collaborative environment. The student will be at the interface of Physics and Chemistry and the main challenges involve:
- Colloidal nanoParticles Syntheses
- Colloidal Quantum Dots and HybridLEDs
- Plasmonic nanoParticles
- Hetero nanoStructures
The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. P. André while collaborations will be developed over the course of the PhD. The studentship is available for UK/EU citizens only, will start once appropriate candidate will have been selected for a period of up to 3 years and at EPSRC rates (~£12900 pa & tax free). The funding source does not allow overseas fee to be covered so that the successful student will preferably be from the UK or EU. If overseas candidates wish to apply then potential funding sources considered for overseas fee should be clearly commented in the cover letter.
For any application to be processed: Applicants for the position will have a strong background in one of the following field: physics, chemistry, material science, or chemical engineering. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a serious commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary research. Information request as well as applications should be sent electronically to These emails will be filtered, so that the subject line should be “applicant name – NanoGen09-SPCOM”, the attachments should be in a pdf format and named with the following structure “applicant_name-CV.pdf” and “applicant_name-COVER.pdf”. The cover letter should state the initial source of information and discuss the present information in the context of both the applicant experience and the research completed in the group (see The CV should highlight the achievements and contributions while demonstrating the candidate perseverance, flexibility, originality and ability to communicate in a concise and structured manner.
Sending a copy of the transcripts and asking two recommendation letters to be sent would be appreciated even though not mandatory at the 1st stage of the selection process.
Deadline: Closing Date: as soon as successful candidate will be hired. Applications will be reviewed every 2 weeks.
Job Homepage :
Category : PhD Studentship
Contact address : University of St Andrews
St Andrews KY16 9SS (UK)
Phone: 44 (0) 1334 463036

Portugal - MIT PhD, Master’s and Advanced Studies Positions

PhD, Master’s and Advanced Studies positions
Job Description : The MIT Portugal Program announces its call for applications for the 2010-11 academic year. Each program is offered in association by a consortium of Portuguese universities, with the participation of MIT (US) faculty.
Job Homepage : MIT Portugal Program
Category : Postgraduate Positions and Scholarships
Contact address : MIT Portugal Program
IST – Tagus Park
Av. Prof. Cavaco Silva
2744-016 Porto Salvo, Portugal
Tel.: +351 214 233 200

Canada - EDC International Business Scholarships

EDC International Business Scholarships
Job Description : Export Development Canada (EDC) created the International Business Scholarship because International trade is critical to Canada’s economic prosperity and EDC is dedicated to helping students – the next generation of business leaders – to succeed.
EDC is awarding 30 scholarships every year. Twenty-five of these scholarships will recognize exceptional students in the field of international business or economics. The remaining five scholarships will be awarded to outstanding business students with a focus on environment related studies.
An EDC scholarship is worth a $3,000 cash award and, pending eligibility, a potential four-month work term with mentoring from leading industry experts at EDC’s head office in Ottawa, valued at approximately $10,000.
To qualify for one of EDC’s scholarships, you must be:
•a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
•currently enrolled in full-time studies at a Canadian university
•in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of your first undergraduate degree
•studying international business, economics, or combining international business with sustainable management or environmental studies
•returning to full-time undergraduate studies in one of these fields for the next academic year
DEADLINE is Monday, January 25, 2010
Job Homepage : To Apply
Category : Scholarships for undergraduate Canadian students studying business at a Canadian university
Contact address : Export Development Canada
151 O’Connor
Ottawa, ON K1A 1K3
Phone: (613) 598-2500 or 1-800-267-8510 (North America only)

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