|Title: 7+ Funded PhDs in Comp. Vision at University College London||Posted: March 20, 2015|
|Company/Institution: University College London|
|Location: London, UK|
|Department: Computer Science|
Description: Read this before applying (!!):
These funded studentships are for EU-Resident students. That means you should apply if you hold an EU-passport, and are resident within the EU for the past 3 years. My apologies to everyone else - outstanding non-EU applicants can get funding in the 1st round annually, which had a mid-December deadline this year.
Application deadline: 30th March 2015
Note that your English-language qualification*, CV, research statement, transcript, and list of letter-writers are all due by that date, but the 2-3 letters can arrive shortly thereafter.
*English: TOEFL is no longer accepted. The exam scores can also arrive shortly after the deadline, but it's a gamble.
Several of us in Computer Vision have received funding to cover stipends and all other costs of 3-year PhD studentships in the Computer Science Department at UCL. For more information about the specific posts, see the web-pages of individuals here: http://vis.cs.ucl.ac.uk/people/
At present, Lourdes Agapito, Danny Alexander, and I (Gabriel Brostow) already have at least 7 open positions, co-funded variously by grants and generous companies.
Mine are listed here: http://web4.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/g.brostow/ext/vacancies.html
Lourdes Agapito's will be here:
The studentships start in September/October 2015.
At UCL, PhD students have a primary and secondary PhD advisor, so your immediate cohort can be small or quite big, depending on the research and people's working styles. Some of us overlap heavily with Machine Learning, Graphics, Medical Physics, etc.. In practice, this means most successful applicants have given serious thought to their favorite direction, having worked on (some, can be quite different) research-worthy problems in a Masters and/or industry.
You need a strong background in computer science, mathematics, and/or engineering.
Specific skills are needed for the different studentships. For my part, I look for creative people who are great hackers, AND can both read and write technical papers/reports. Great ideas have to be validated, so this should not be your first encounter with real programming.
UCL is in central London, and is one of the top 3 groups for Vision/Graphics/Learning in Europe. We were rated the best CS department in the UK for research (REF 2014). Our teams are fun and productive, and London is one of the most vibrant places on earth!
Application Instructions: You'll need to submit an online application here by the 30th March deadline: http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/admissions/phd_programme/applying/. You should also email your preferred PhD advisor so they know to look out for your application. We only see the online applications after all your letters of recommendation etc. have arrived; we'll obviously prompt the CS Admission Panel to assess each batch of good applications that we're aware of. Note the English Language requirement! Good applicants in the past have had an MSc project in a related area, evidence of being productive in some detail-oriented domain, appetite for scholarly reading/writing, and enormous drive. If you're reading this, you're probably pretty smart/ambitious, but for a PhD, you also need to be enthusiastic, creative, and *very* persistent.
My "vacancies" page also has brief advice for writing a Research Statement / proposal - but that's quite subjective.