Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

Deadline: September 26, 2013

Applications are now open for the Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), which has so far supported more than 200 PhD students across the region. Each year, PhD supervisors from academic institutions in EMEA submit their proposals for collaborative research projects with Microsoft Research Cambridge. Applications are then peer reviewed and approximately 20 projects are selected for funding. PhD students are appointed to the selected projects and begin their research in the following academic year under the supervision of their academic supervisor, with co-supervision from a researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge.


  • Each Microsoft scholarship consists of an annual bursary up to a maximum of three years.  In addition, every Scholar receives a laptop allowance.
  • During the course of their PhD, Scholars are invited to Microsoft Research in Cambridge for a PhD Summer School that includes a series of talks of academic interest and posters sessions, which provides the Scholars the opportunity to present their work to Microsoft researchers and a number of Cambridge academics.
  • Some of the Scholars may also be offered—at the sole discretion of Microsoft Research—an internship in one of the Microsoft Research laboratories. Internships involve working on a project alongside and as part of a team of Microsoft researchers. Scholars are paid during their internship—in addition to their scholarship bursary. Interested Scholars can apply through the Microsoft Research internship website.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only PhD supervisors should apply. If their project is selected, the supervisor has up to one year to find the best possible student for the project.
  • Microsoft usually considers only one application per university department or per laboratory of a national research institution.
  • Only applications from institutions in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will be considered.
  • For an application to be considered, the proposed research must be closely related to the research carried out at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. These research topics are:
    • Computational Science
    • Computer-Mediated Living
    • Constraint Reasoning
    • Machine Learning and Perception
    • Online Services and Advertising
    • Programming Principles and Tools
    • Cambridge Systems and Networking
  • A Microsoft researcher will be assigned to each project as co-supervisor.

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