UK: Funding Opportunity for PhD studentship via Scottish SICSA initiative

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Would you be interested in doing a PhD on the intersection of Tangible Interaction and Haptics ?

Would you be interested in working with and being supervised by us (Eva Hornecker, University of Strathclyde, and Steve Brewster, University of Glasgow)?

There is a funding opportunity from the Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance
( SICSA: )

The application deadline for entry in September 2009 is May 11 2009 (this requires applying at the University you want to be hosted at AND with SICSA).

Application calls are twice a year. Funding is for 3,5 years. Your PhD would fit into the SICA theme of ‘multi-modal interaction’ and would be jointly supervised by Prof. Brewster
and Dr. Hornecker. As part of your PhD you will be encouraged to collaborate with other SICSA sites, and to take part in graduate training
courses and a summer school.

With both Universities being in Glasgow, you would benefit from having easy access to the facilities and your colleagues at both Universities. You will be expected to play an
active role in both Glasgow’s ‘Glasgow Multimodal Interaction Group’ (a wide-ranging HCI group) and Strathclyde’s new ‘Mobiquitous Lab’ (which is being set up by Dr. Eva Hornecker and Dr. Mark Dunlop to investigate tangible, multimodal, and mobile interaction).

The current call for applications lists Strathclyde as one of the host Universities for starting date September 2009 (Glasgow presumably has filled its places for 2009).

Selection Criteria:

Selection is very competitive, with academic achievements, referee reports, a research proposal, previous publications etc. playing a role. All applications  compete for the
SICSA pool of studentships. A good research proposal should outline how it fits in with the SICSA themes (e.g. multimodal interaction) and make explicit why you apply for doing a
PhD with us as supervisors. See also

Applicants will need a 1st class honours degree or an MSc with Distinction or equivalent GPA scores.  For international applicants this would translate into an excellent degree at a
bachelor level or masters, being in the top 10-15 percent of your class (unless your school is very selective in accepting students in, which you should point out if the case).

Application Process and Deadlines

Please contact Eva Hornecker for application details and to discuss your interests.
For a good application, you should have your submission ready well before the deadline and discuss it with us.

Please read this website for further upcoming information:

Eva Hornecker & Steve Brewster

Dr. Eva Hornecker
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
University of Strathclyde
26 Richmond Street, Livingstone Tower
Glasgow G11XH, UK


Stephen Brewster
Professor of Human Computer Interaction
Department of Computing Science
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK


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