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ICN2 PhD Fellowship Programme for International Students, 2017

ICN2 PhD Fellowship Programme for International Students, 2017

The ICN2 offers competitive fellowships to talented students who wish to develop a research career at one of the top European institutions in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The aim of the fellowship is to provide fellows all the support they need for the proper development of their research career.

ICN2 actively promotes international and interdisciplinary research. As such our PhD students are strongly encouraged to undertake mobility actions, such as research visits abroad (including industrial placements

Course Level: These fellowships are available to pursue PhD programme.

Study Subject: These fellowships are awarded in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Scholarship Award: Fellows will benefit from the ICN2 PhD Programme, which comprises a structured training path with scientific seminars, and technical and transferable skills training throughout the duration of their PhD, plus periodical monitoring and evaluation activities.

Number of Scholarships: Not known

Scholarship can be taken at European institutions

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have obtained a Master or equivalent degree in a field of science related to the ICN2 research activities or group they would like to join by the date of incorporation.
  • Have an excellent academic record and the strong commitment to scientific research. Previous research experience is highly regarded.
  • High Level of English.
  • Specific additional eligibility requirements may apply depending on the funding schemes available.

Nationality: Applicants of all nationalities are eligible for these fellowships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have a Master or equivalent degree.

English Language Requirement: Applicants must have high Level of English.

How to Apply: Applicants can apply through the online processor.

  • A cover letter.
  • A full CV including contact details.
  • Reference letters
  • Academic records (if the transcripts are not in English, Catalan or Spanish, applicants should also attach a translation in one of the mentioned languages).
  • Applicants should select 3 groups in the application form in which they would like to work.

Application Deadline: Contact Employer.


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International Entrance Scholarships at Lakehead University in Canada, 2018-2019

International Entrance Scholarships at Lakehead University in Canada, 2018-2019

The Lakehead University is inviting applications for Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships. These scholarships are available to the top international students applying to Lakehead University for 2018-2019.The Lakehead University is a public research university with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Lakehead University, shortened to ‘Lakehead U’, or ‘LU’, is non-denominational and provincially supported.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing the undergraduate programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded to study the subjects offered by the university.

Scholarship Award:
Academic Average (Canadian Equivalent) – Scholarship Total 4 (in Canadian dollars)
90.0% + – $30,000 ($7,500 x 4 years) 1
80.0% – 89.9% – $20,000 ($5,000 x 4 years) 2
75.0% – 79.9% – $4,000 ($4,000 in Year 1 only) 3

Number of Scholarships: There are four scholarships available.

Scholarship can be taken in Canada

Eligibility: Non-Canadian citizens who are entering Lakehead University from a high school, or who are transferring from an international college or university, will be considered for the Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships.

Nationality: International students can apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have previous degree.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: All international applicants for whom English is not the native tongue must provide proof of competence in the English language.

How to Apply: Automatically considered. No scholarship application is required.

Application Deadline: Applications are open for the academic year 2018-2019.



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2018 Korean Government Scholarship Program for International Graduate Students

2018 Korean Government Scholarship Program for International Graduate Students

Applications are invited for Korean Government Scholarship Program from graduate students of 167 countries. Up to 700 scholarships are available for masters and PhD degree programmes.The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students with the aim of promoting international exchange in education, as well as mutual friendship amongst the participating countries.GKS (Global Korea Scholarship) Program is a scholarship program that paid by the Government of the Republic of Korea for foreign nationals in the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Education organized, responsible for the project implementation agency directly under the Ministry of Education National Institute for International Education.

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Applicants with certified scores on their proficiency in Korean or in English might be given preference. Some examples include the following: – Proficiency in Korean: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) – Proficiency in English: TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Academic.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing undergraduate program at Participating Universities in Korea.

Study Subject(s): Applicants must choose their field of study from the listed programs in the university information section provided by participating universities.

Number of Awards: 170 persons (undergraduate course).

Scholarship Award:  Scholarship benefits are:

  • Airfare:  Entry to Korea: an economy class flight ticket to Korea, Return flight: an economy class flight ticket from Korea to KGSP grantee’s home country, The airfare for entry will NOT be provided to scholars who have resided in Korea from the time of applying and on, The return flight is available only for the KGSP grantees who successfully complete their degree coursework,  The return flight is NOT offered for those who withdraw from the scholarship,  Any fees incurred in the domestic travel within a KGSP grantee’s home country are NOT covered, International travel insurance is NOT covered, The flight tickets for the Chinese and Czech KGSP grantees will be prepared and provided by the Chinese and the Czech governments, according to the agreements with the Korean government.
  • Settlement Allowance: 200,000 KRW
  • Monthly Allowance: 900,000 KRW
  • Research Allowance – Liberal Arts and Social Science Degrees: 210,000 KRW per semester – Science, Technology and Engineering Degrees: 240,000 KRW per semester
  • Language Training Fees: Fully covered
  • Degree Tuition: Fully covered – Tuition up to 5 million KRW is covered by NIIED, and the amount that exceeds 5 million is covered by the host university. – The KGSP grantees are waived from the admission fees of the universities.
  • Dissertation Printing Fee Reimbursement – The actual cost of printing as written on the receipt will be reimbursed. – The maximum amount is 500,000 KRW for degrees in Liberal Arts and Social Science and 800,000 KRW for degrees in Science, Technology and Engineering.
  • Medical Insurance: 20,000 KRW per month 13
  • Korean Proficiency Grants: 100,000 KRW per month – This special funding is available for KGSP grantees with levels 5 and 6 on TOPIK.
  • Scholarship Completion Grants: 200,000 KRW – It is offered for the KGSP grantees who return to their home countries after completing their degree coursework under the scholarship. – It is not offered for the KGSP grantees who decide to stay in Korea after the completion of their degree coursework.

Scholarship can be taken in Korea

Eligibility: Eligibility criteria is:

  • Both an applicant and his/her parents must be citizens of their country of origin.
  • Applicants should not hold Korean citizenship.
  • Applicants should have adequate health, both mentally and physically, to stay in a foreign country for a long time.
  • Should be under 25 years of age at the date of entrance. (Undergraduate)
  • Should be under 40 years of age at the date of entrance. (Graduate)
  • Have finished or be scheduled to finish formal education of all elementary, middle, high school courses by the date of arrival. (Undergraduate)
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree by the date of arrival. (Graduate)
  • Applicants who have previously enrolled in a university in Korea are not eligible to apply to the KGSP program. Specifically, an applicant who has previously enrolled in any undergraduate program, master’s program, or doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program.
  • However, a KGSP scholar who has graduated can apply for this program again only via the embassy and only if he/she holds a TOPIK score of at least Level 4 and obtains another recommendation from the Korean Embassy of his/her respective country of origin (re-application is limited to one instance).
  • Possess a grade point average (G.P.A.) above 80% from the last educational institution attended.

Nationality: International students can apply for the Korean Government Scholarship Program. 2013 Korean Government Scholarship

List of Countries:  Russia

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: Applicants with certified scores on their proficiency in Korean or in English might be given preference. Some examples include the following: – Proficiency in Korean: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) – Proficiency in English: TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Academic.

International Scholarships

How to Apply: Applicants must apply for the Korean Government Scholarship Program via either the Embassy Track or the University Track.

Application Deadline: The deadlines vary for each Korean embassy and university.    


22 Сен

PhD in Applied Physics at the University of South Florida: Fundamental Studies of Glassy Polymer Mechanics

PhD in Applied Physics at the University of South Florida: Fundamental Studies of Glassy Polymer Mechanics

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
 Physics, University of South Florida

Project Description

Funding is available for a student to advance our understanding of glassy polymer mechanics via a coordinated program of molecular simulations and analytic theory,

About my approach to science: I am a soft matter physicist first. Many mechanical, dynamical and structural properties of materials remain poorly understood for reasons independent of system-specific chemistry. Great advances in understanding these properties can be achieved through coarse-grained and multiscale simulations that are computationally efficient enough to access experimentally accessible spatiotemporal scales yet «chemically» realistic enough to capture the essential physics underlying the properties under study. I have and will continue to concentrate on explaining poorly-understood behaviors of polymeric, colloidal, and nanocomposite systems through coarse-grained modeling and concomitant development of analytic theories. The general theme is to do basic research on topics that are of high practical interest. See http://labs.cas.usf.edu/softmattertheory/ for more information.

About the project: The available PhD project is a coherent program of simulations and analytic modeling that will significantly enhance the scientific community’s basic physical understanding of how the mechanical properties of polymer glasses relate to their microscopic interactions and mesoscale order. Simulations will systematically relate differences in mechanical response to differences in micro- and meso-structure by varying local chain stiffness, sample preparation protocol, temperature, and deformation history. Systems will be deformed to fracture to determine how these factors influence ultimate mechanical properties (e.g. ductility and toughness). The relatively low computational cost of the coarse-grained approach will be exploited to explore relevant parameter spaces far more broadly than is feasible for chemically detailed models. Analytic work will both complement the simulations and extend recently developed microphysics-based theories of polymer mechanics, through an iterative process wherein simulation uncovers problems with theories, the theories are improved as needed, and then used to make new predictions that will be tested by carefully designed followup simulations. This combined approach is designed to contribute maximally to the community’s long term goal of obtaining a level of physical understanding sufficient to develop predictive design principles for materials with tailorable mechanical response. Progress towards this goal will facilitate development of strong, lightweight structural plastics that can be used in applications ranging from automobiles to armaments, thus contributing to the growth of the $350+ billion dollar plastics industry. Note that the project will also provide the student broad training in soft condensed matter physics and computational science that will be applicable to a wide range of systems (not just polymers.)

How to apply: Please see the USF Physics website: http://physics.usf.edu/graduate/ for application instructions. The application deadline is February 1, 2018 for admission in Fall 2018. Also, please contact the PI via email at if you have any questions about this position or the program more generally.

Funding Notes

PhD students in our program generally spend the first year taking courses and serving as teaching assistants. They join research groups the summer after the first academic year and then are funded as research assistants (if funding is available, as it is for this project.)


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Flexible microdevices for characterization of bionanomechanics in cancer

Flexible microdevices for characterization of bionanomechanics in cancer


Project Description

There have been extensive efforts to study the role of gene mutations in cancer and an accumulation of mutations has been proposed as being necessary for cancer development. However, the results from gene-based drug treatments of cancers have been variable [1] and less satisfactory than desired [2], being much less than antibiotic effects on infectious diseases for example. Recently, evidence has accumulated that cancer is not only a disease of genetic mutations, but that the micro- and nano-environments of cells may be essential factors in triggering tumour growth [3]. Tumorigenic growth patterns can be induced by inappropriate mechanical forces [4-6]. For example, the dysfunctional collagen crosslinking in the cell extracellular matrix (ECM) of old individuals may be the trigger for cancer in old age [7-9]. Furthermore, the earlier onset of breast cancer, compared to cancers of other organs [10], is explained by accelerated aging of healthy breast tissue [11]. For cancer to spread, invade or metastasise, a cancer cell must exert physical forces [12]. Thus, we propose that a disrupted environment (a mutation-independent element) is necessary for the local condition to promote cancer development. However, there is no coherent quantitative data on the nature and level of mechanical forces that influence the interactions between the physical micro- and nano-environment and cancer cells [12].

Research work plan

We will develop a microfluidic platform to perform force measurements on three dimensional spheroid clusters [15]. Clusters of cells, often called ‘spheroids’, will be formed suspended in culture medium. We will place clusters of cells in arrays and cages of elastomeric and conductive polymer pillars to study spheroids in a 3D environment. Our collaborator Prof. Vieu recently demonstrated the measurement of interior forces in multi-cellular 3-D spheroid tumour models using high aspect ratio pillars made of PDMS [16]. During culturing, clusters increase in size by cell proliferation and gradually exert greater force on the pillars and on themselves.

In this work we will extend these experiments to endometrial cancer cells and add the ability to artificially impose mechanical forces on the spheroids. Cells being compressed will transfer force to adjacent pillars, allowing the magnitude to be quantified from the pillar deflection. For force sensing we will directly compare elastomeric and conductive polymer pillar arrays, thus adding functionality and producing more detailed and accurate force measurements. Our existing pillar arrays, developed for multi-point force measurement with nematodes [17], have recently been miniaturized. Elastomeric pillars 30 μm high and with diameters as small as 7 μm, were used for force sensing on fungal hyphae, demonstrating nano-Newton resolution [18]. We will use soft-lithography and replica moulding developed for this work to fabricate the elastomeric pillar arrays and direct writing [19] on prefabricated electrode arrays to produce the conductive polymer pillar arrays. The spheroids will be collected at selected time points and submitted to immunohistochemistry, which will identify differences between cells on the inside of the spheroid from those on the outside, noting for example changes to focal adhesion complexes and the cytoskeleton.

Building on the force measurement devices described above, we will extend the work further by developing a microfluidic platform capable of applying controlled forces to multi-cellular models. Current force application techniques designed to study single and 2-D cell behaviour under mechanical stress do not integrate force feedback or allow for active force modulation [20, 21]. The ability to dynamically alter forces to which cells are exposed [22] will provide more relevant information. Active force modulation with direct sensor feedback will allow us to test for a variety of compressive force levels to determine the effect on multi-cellular cancer models. PDMS membrane-based Quake-type [23] and side valve devices [24] capable of applying compressive force will be developed. A microfluidic cell handling platform will be developed that will allow for precise control of force level, duration and dynamics in a high throughput fashion. Integrated fluid handling will allow us to study gene and protein expression of the cancer cells during mechanobiologically relevant force profiles on-chip.

This PhD project has the following specific objectives:
1) Design and fabricate a microfluidic platform for cell-spheroid force application and measurement.
2) Characterize the bionanomechanics of tumour growth and effect of force stimuli.
3) Explore gene and protein expression during mechanobiologically relevant force profiles on-chip.

Funding Notes

This fully funded studentship includes a NZ$27,500 per annum stipend and is part of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a national centre of research excellence. It will be based in the School of Engineering, with opportunity for close interaction with the Biomolecular Interaction Centre and the Otago School of Medicine. The ideal candidate will have a BEng/BSc honours or MEng/MSc in Microsystems, Bioengineering or Materials Engineering, with strong interest in cell-biology. This is a highly interdisciplinary project and candidates with experience in cell-biology are especially welcome. Previous experience in soft-lithography, microfluidics, and fluorescence microscopy, is essential.


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PhD in Electrical Engineering – Characterization of short circuit behaviour of distribution transformers

PhD in Electrical Engineering – Characterization of short circuit behaviour of distribution transformers

  • Applications accepted all year round
  • Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

Project Description

Do you want to work with NZ’s major transformer manufacturer, gain commercial & business experience and get a PhD?

We offer the opportunity for a PhD scholarship in electrical engineering in cooperation with New Zealand’s major manufacturer of transformers, ETEL Ltd.

Distribution Transformers play a vital role in the system which delivers electricity to the end user and is the final part of the transmission system from the power plant to the consumer. Distribution Transformers step down the MV power, usually 11kv into the domestic LV, 440 V supply and are a critical part of the distribution network.

Optimized mechanical and electrical design is a crucial part of future transformer development and manufacturing. This PhD project will develop the theoretical and practical framework to characterize the correlation between transformer design parameters and its short circuit behaviour, targeting smaller distribution transformers, including layer wound distribution transformers: 2 and 3 winding, autotransformer and earthing transformers. The theoretical framework will include calculation of mechanical forces and stresses in transformers winding using Maxwell equations and FEM and its correlation to major design parameters as well as the design and calculation of optimized clamping structures. The testing of optimized transformers and agreement between theoretical and experimental data and the final integration in custom tailored design program will also form part of this work.

This project will require working with researchers at both the Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington and at ETEL Transformers Ltd and will include some time based within the ETEL factory and testing labs in Auckland to understand transformer design parameters and investigate the possibility of utilising their transformer testing infrastructure within this project.

The ideal candidate will have relevant First-Class Honours or Masterate qualification in Engineering or Physics and must satisfy the requirements for admission as a PhD candidate at Victoria University. We are seeking a highly motivated person with an excellent academic record, and able to work well in a team. A background in electrical engineering as well as experience in data analysis and programming would be desirable.

Funding Notes

Please note: Funding for this PhD scholarship will be applied for after the ideal candidate is confirmed. The Scholarship will be dependent on the funding application being successful.


For more information: Send an email titled “Re: Characterisation of Distribution Transformers” to RRI-postgrad@vuw.ac.nz.

Applicants should include the following: (i) Curriculum Vitae
(ii) A summary of university grades
(iii) A statement detailing why you are interested in this project
(iv) Contact information for two potential referees.


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PhD Studentship Opportunity: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Hospitality

PhD Studentship Opportunity: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Hospitality

Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Surrey

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The School of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Surrey invites applications from excellent candidates for a PhD studentship covering Home/EU & Overseas fees and maintenance for January 2018 entry.

We are recruiting a motivated candidate into an exciting, world-class research environment to address critical issues facing automation in hospitality management. The PhD study will focus on how methods of artificial intelligence can be applied to tackle challenges of productivity and customer experience in the hospitality sector. The successful candidate will be expected to master a broad range of theory in artificial intelligence and services management, and employ novel research methodologies to measure human (experience of programming is a desired skill) – robot interactions in various hospitality settings. In your application you will need to offer a formal proposal that documents how you will draw on AI and robotics theory and methodology, and how you plan to apply this to the hospitality domain.

Our PhD programme comprises approximately three years of full time study during which you will undertake a structured, supervised programme of scholarly research leading to a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is of a standard appropriate for publication in high-quality refereed journals. As a member of the ESRC funded South East Doctoral Training Centre we offer excellent research training and the opportunity to be part of a vibrant research community that shapes agendas of scholarship and practice. For more information about the Digital Visitor Economy Research Group and our state of the art Digital Lab, please visit:

For full programme information and information on how to apply, please visit:http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/research

Dr Paul Hanna, Director of Post Graduate Research, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management:

Dr Iis Tussyadiah, Director of The Digital Visitor Economy Research Group, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management,

Funding Notes

The latest you can apply, and be considered for this studentship, is 4pm (UK time) Monday 31 October 2017.

Successful candidates will have or expect to be awarded a first class (1st) or 2:1 Bachelors degree, or have/expect to be awarded a minimum of Merit on their Masters degree in Social Sciences/related discipline (e.g. Human Geography, Sociology, Psychology), Computer Sciences, or Hospitality/Tourism Management. Knowledge of programming languages and tools, such as Python or Coreographe, is desirable. Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).


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Medicine of the XXII century: development of nanocarriers for drugs and macromolecules

Medicine of the XXII century: development of nanocarriers for drugs and macromolecules

  • Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Medway School of Pharmacy, Universities of Kent and Greenwich

Project Description

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD at the interfaces of chemistry, polymer science and biochemistry.

We are looking for an enthusiastic student to work on a multidisciplinary project involving the development of polymers. These polymers will be used to deliver drugs and/or macromolecules for cancer therapy. The project will focus on the synthesis and characterisation of polymers and polymer bioconjugates, together with the assessment of their biological activity and delivery efficiency. The successful candidate will learn to work in a multidisciplinary environment and will use a range of techniques including synthetic, spectroscopic and chromatographic methods biochemical and biological assays and cell culture.

The successful candidate will be based at the Medway School of Pharmacy (University of Kent, Medway campus) and work under the supervision of Dr Nathalie Lavignac. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, the successful candidate will gain experience in chemical synthesis, biochemistry and polymer science (e.g. organic and polymer chemistry), and will use a wide range of techniques such as NMR, SEC, UV, IR, HPLC, FPLC, GPC, gel electrophoresis, circular dichroism, DLS, TEM and fluorescence spectroscopy. As part of the University Graduate School, the student will attend diverse integrated training activities, at the Medway or Canterbury campus, which will favour their transition from student to professional researcher.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a First Class Honours degree ((BSc + MSc) or MChem) in polymer materials or chemistry and be interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research. Effective time-management, excellent attention to detail and good written and verbal communication skills are essential. Ability to work independently and experience in conducting laboratory experiments for organic synthesis and/or polymer synthesis will be advantageous.

Applications should be sent by email to Dr Lavignac () and include a covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities and interest in the project, a detailed CV including the contact details of at least two academic referees, copies of your degree certificates and corresponding detailed academic transcripts, evidence of your proficiency in the English language (e.g. IELTS test: 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.5 in Speaking and Listening). International students should see the School website for up to date information regarding fees, please visit this page: http://www.msp.ac.uk/studying/fees-and-finance.html.

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Synthesis and Parametric study of Self-healing Rubber

Synthesis and Parametric study of Self-healing Rubber

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Project Description

The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering is seeking an outstanding and committed graduate to undertake research leading to the award of a PhD from the University of Strathclyde.

Development of novel self-healing materials is an important technological area in the UK. These materials offer attractive material performance in erosion resistance, structural integrity, and surface protection. Research associated with these materials has an excellent fit to the University strategic themes in energy, advanced manufacturing and materials, and health and wellbeing. A typical self-healing material is characterised by its ability to recover from damage. By carefully tailoring healing mechanisms during material synthesis, the physiochemical properties of the final material can be manipulated for a specific application.

At Strathclyde, we are developing abrasion-resistant self-healing rubber for progressing equipment. Current natural rubber lining has a short life-span under aggressive progressing condition. This leads to high maintenance cost and potential damage to the processing equipment. Over the past decades, extensive R&D effort can be seen on improving fundamental understanding of material wear as well as developing more abrasive-resistant materials. Much of it has been focused on the attempt of making the materials more wear resistant in a passive manner. More recently, a relatively more proactive approach has been attracting increasing attention through bio-inspired self-healing processes. This approach to the repair of structures is inspired by that of living organisms. The development of selfhealing rubber for this application will be a ‘game-changer’.

The aim of this project is to:

1) Investigate abrasion mechanisms in rubber
2) Develop a novel synthesis route to manufacturing a abrasion-resistant self-healing rubber
3) Establish processing-structure-property relationship in self-healing rubber through a parametric study
4) Optimise the self-healing efficiency and trial the synthesised material in the processing equipment
5) Disseminate the outputs to relevant research community and industrial partners.

Your academic supervisors will be Dr Liu Yang () of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department and Dr John Liggat () of the Pure and Applied Chemistry Department. The research team at Strathclyde (http://www.strath.ac.uk) is internationally recognised for research in this area and the successful applicant will be encouraged to collaborate with team members and industrial partners (http://www.global.weir).

Entry requirements

Students applying should normally have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant materials science, chemistry, or chemical engineering subject, and be highly motivated to undertake cutting-edge research in this field. Candidates with a background in rubber synthesis and development are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience with self-healing materials is desirable though not essential.

This 3.5-year PhD studentship will cover Home/EU fees and a tax-free maintenance grant of a minimum of £15,500 per annum. The studentship is also open to overseas students.

If you wish to apply please email a covering letter, full Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of at least two academic referees to BOTH Dr Liu Yang and Dr John Liggat .

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European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics International Fellowship Programme, 2017


European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics International Fellowship Programme, 2017

European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) is pleased to offer ERCIM Alain Bensoussan Fellowship Programme to students of high academic ability for 2017 entry. Students of all over the world are eligible to apply for these fellowships.The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) fellowship aims to assist international students who require financial assistance with fellowships specifically for international students.

ERCIM – the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics – aims to foster collaborative work within the European research community and to increase co-operation with European industry. Leading European research institutes are members of ERCIM.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, students must have obtained a Ph.D. degree during the last 8 years (prior to the application deadline) or be in the last year of the thesis work with an outstanding academic record. Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Course Level: This is a 12 months fellowship programme.

Study Subject(s): The topics focus on the ERCIM institutes’ scientific fields of competence.

List of Subjects: Computer Applications, Computer Systems Organization, Computing Methodologies, Computing Milieux, Data, Hardware, Information Systems, Mathematics, Mathematics of Computing, Software, Theory of Computation and other related topics.

Scholarship Award: The fellows are appointed for 12 months either by a stipend (an agreement for a research training programme) or a working contract. The type of contract and the monthly allowance (for stipends) or salary (for working contracts) depends on the hosting institute. It should be noted that the stipend (Fellowship Agreement) does not constitute a contract of employment. As such, no contributions are made, on behalf of the fellow, in respect of unemployment insurance or either state or private retirement schemes. The fellow will not, therefore, be entitled to any unemployment or retirement benefits under the Fellowship Agreement. For the entire period of 12 months, the fellow will receive a monthly allowance or salary (depending on the type of contract) which may vary depending on the country. Costs for travelling to and from the institutes will be paid under conditions determined by the contract. This allowance/salary will be transferred to the fellow’s personal bank account.

  • For stipends, the fellow is covered by a personal health insurance provided by Campus France the cost of which is paid by ERCIM-EEIG. The insurance covers medical transportation costs if needed, payment of a lump sum for invalidity or death, personal liability. Female fellows are informed that expenses related to pregnancy can be covered by this insurance under certain limited circumstances. The insurance does not cover the fellow’s family. The fellow will have to conform strictly to the modalities required by Campus France to obtain the benefit of this insurance.
  • Costs for travelling to and from the host institutions will be reimbursed on the basis of an economic class airplane ticket or first class train ticket. Travel by car will be reimbursed on the basis of a first class train ticket. No moving expenses are allocated. The limit is 500 euros per trip (2 trips can be planned).
  • Research Exchange Programme: Fellows have to spend at least a one-week visit to another ERCIM member institute. ERCIM-EEIG will cover reasonable expenses (including but not limited: travel, accommodation, meal) up to a maximum amount calculated on the basis of 100 euros per month over the fellowship period.
  • Participation in scientific conferences: The Fellow is encouraged to attend and to submit papers to scientific conferences during his or her fellowship. ERCIM-EEIG will cover registration costs and travelling expenses up to a maximum sum calculated at a rate of 100 euros per month under the condition that the fellow has an accepted paper at the conference.

Scholarship can be taken in Europe

Eligibility: Applicants must have:

  • Have obtained a Ph.D. degree during the last 8 years (prior to the application deadline) or be in the last year of the thesis work with an outstanding academic record
  • Be fluent in English
  • Be discharged or get a deferment from military service
  • The fellowship is restricted to two terms (one reselection possible)
  • Have completed the Ph.D. before starting the grant (a proof will be requested before your arrival).
  • University encourage not only researchers from academic institutions to apply, but also scientists working in the industry.
  • In order to encourage mobility: a member institute will not be eligible to host a candidate of the same nationality; a candidate cannot be hosted by a member institute, if by the start of the fellowship, he or she has already been working for this institute (including Ph.D. or postdoc studies) for a total of 6 months or more, during the last 3 years.

Nationality: These Fellowships are available for Ph.D. holders from all over the world.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, students must have obtained a Ph.D. degree during the last 8 years (prior to the application deadline) or be in the last year of the thesis work with an outstanding academic record.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

International Fellowship

How to Apply: The mode of application is online.

Online Application

Application Deadline: The application deadline is September 30, 2017.


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