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UCT HPI-CS4A PhD Studentships in Computer Science for African Students in South Africa, 2018

The new HPI-CS4A PhD Studentships in the field of Computer Science within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. This studentship is available for students from African continent.

The University of Cape Town, Department of Computer Science mission is to develop and impart knowledge and skills in the field of computer science. Our vision is to strive to be a department of the first rank in both an International and in an African context, sustaining: high respect for its research and post-graduate education, excellence in teaching in order to produce graduates who possess the skills that are needed whenever decision making or creative thinking takes place and an influential role in industry and the Information Technology community.

In order to be eligible applicants must be proficient in English as attested by a recent score (obtained within 3 – 5 years before application for admission) of at least 570 (paper-based test) or 230 (computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or a recent overall band score of 7.0 (with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0) on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Scholarship Description: 

  • Applications Deadline: September 1, 2018
  • Course Level: Studentships are available to study PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: Studentships are awarded in the field of Computer Science.

Areas of research of potential supervisors include (with sub-field listed in brackets):

  1. Computer Graphics [Augmented and Virtual Reality, Procedural Modelling]
  2. Digital Libraries [Cultural Heritage Preservation, Architectures and Interoperability]
  3. Educational Technology [Computer Science Education, Gamification, Teacher-focused Interventions]
  4. Human Computer Interaction for Development (HCI4D) [Community-based Content Creation, Participatory Co-Design for/with Mothers and Communities, Participatory Video for Maternal Health Education]
  5. Information Retrieval [IR for development, African/marginalized language IR]
  6. Knowledge Engineering [ontologies, knowledge representation and reasoning, natural language generation, intelligent conceptual modelling]
  7. Networks [Wireless Community Networks, Network Measurements, Dynamic Spectrum Access/TVWS, Network measurements and performance engineering, Software Defined Networks, Research and Education Networks, Cloudlets / Edge Computing]
  8. Parallel/High Performance Computing  [GPGPU, Multithreading]
  9. Visualization [Scientific visualisation, Tangible interfaces, Design]
  • Nationality: This studentship is available for students from African continent.
  • Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given
  • Scholarshipcan be taken in South Africa

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

Eligible Countries: This studentship is available for students from African continent:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and  Zimbabwe.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a Masters Degree in Computer Science, supported by a good dissertation
  2. Be proficient in English as attested by a recent score (obtained within 3 – 5 years before application for admission) of at least 570 (paper-based test) or 230 (computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or a recent overall band score of 7.0 (with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0) on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If your medium of education was in English then you are exempt from this requirement.

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: Application Guidelines

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae (2-3 pages)
  • Academic Transcripts
  • TOEFL/IELTS Results
  • A brief research proposal (2-3 pages) with a potential supervisor at UCT identified

Your proposal must outline your research question(s) and proposed methodology for conducting the research. We will only consider proposals that fall within the core areas of research listed.

Please submit a single pdf file, comprising ALL the application materials, electronically at the following link -Under the title field you should submit a provisional title for your research and under keywords list the areas of specialization.  It is advisable to contact potential supervisors by e-mail beforehand to determine if your areas of research interest align with theirs. However, please do not indiscriminately contact all staff in the Computer Science Department at UCT. If you have more than one area of interest indicate this at the end of your research proposal.

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