The University of Nottingham is offering PhD scholarships to people who wish to pursue careers developing energy technologies and finding new ways to harness the digital economy.
Applications are now being accepted for the scholarships, worth roughly £60,000, which include full fees, accommodation on campus and a living allowance.
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to conduct their PhD research on two continents, will have two supervisors, one at The University of Nottingham in the UK and the other at its branch campus in Ningbo, China, and will spend the first year of the PhD programme at the UK campus.
They will be based at the university’s International Doctoral Innovation Centre, which has committed to training at least 100 research leaders to play key roles in transforming, inventing and implementing technologies to address China’s national priorities.
“This is a unique opportunity for highly talented individuals from anywhere in the world who aspire to fast-paced careers at the cutting edge of global scientific discovery,” says Professor Hai-Sui Yu, pro-vice-chancellor of International Campuses.
“We have sustained our investments in the best researchers, state-of-the-art facilities, systems and policies in order to provide high quality, flourishing and creative research environments on all our campuses.”
Energy related environmental research
Professor Yu noted that the Centre’s energy-related environmental research will target strategically important regional and nationwide environmental problems and their solutions. The University is offering at least 12 scholarships in themes relevant to those with a degree background in subjects such as chemical, mechanical, environmental or materials engineering, chemistry, physics, or mathematics.
Harnessing the digital economy
Professor Yu said at least another 12 scholarships would be awarded to PhD students who want to make their mark in realising the full potential of the digital economy.
“This area requires a new breed of technological experts and business leaders equipped with multidisciplinary scientific and technological expertise as well as communications and project management skills,” he says.
The University is interested in applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds including computer science, engineering and mathematics.
“Our research covers many digital and computational technological areas including artificial intelligence, data mining and knowledge discovery, computational finance and business information systems, human computer interaction and human factors, mobile, ubiquitous and location-aware computing; and optimisation and operational research.
“We are developing new technologies and solutions addressing challenges including logistics and transportation, culture, entertainment and tourism, and energy,” Yu adds.
How to apply
Applications for PhD scholarships offered by the International Doctoral Innovation Centre close at the end of April. To apply for a scholarship from the International Doctoral Innovation Centre, send your CV with a covering letter of application entitled “China IDIC” to Peter Chen at the University’s Graduate School.