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Human Brain Project (HBP) - PhD Scholarship

A PhD opportunity is available with the EU Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship Human Brain Project (HBP). The PhD will be based at De Montfort University’s leading Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR), a research centre focusing on ethical and social issues of information and communication technology.

One of the most prestigious projects that the CCSR participates in is the EU Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship Human Brain Project (HBP). The CCSR currently leads the ethics support work which includes responsible research and innovation, compliance management, dual use, ethics-related data governance, data protection, and ethics of artificial intelligence.

The successful applicant for the PhD studentship will undertake research under the supervision of the HBP DMU team, currently consisting of five Research Fellows and a Professor. They will investigate conceptual and empirical issues with a view to ensuring that the HBP does its work responsibly, accountably and in an acceptable and sustainable manner. The focus of the PhD research undertaken by the post holders will be agreed in the team and the post holders will be invited to contribute to a suitable research plan within the context of the overall group.

Suggestions for possible PhD research topics can be found here.

It is envisaged that the PhD research will be undertaken as PhD by Concurrent Publication.

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Entry requirements

The HBP team are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is looking to further a career in research and aim to collect experience in a large, interdisciplinary and intercultural research setting. The ideal candidate will have experience of, and an interest in at least one of the research areas of the DMU HBP team. You will be committed to submitting your thesis in three years, and are happy to work in a team, contribute to the overall team effort and collaborate with colleagues on developing research questions, collecting and analysing data and working on high quality publications.


The successful applicant who joins the programme will receive an annual tax-free stipend for the 3 years, starting at £15,285 from October 2020. Home/EU tuition fees will be paid for the 3 years.

Due to funding restrictions, applications are open to Home/EU students only.

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship please submit a full application via our application portal which can be accessed here.

Information regarding the documentation required for a full application can be accessed here.

When submitting an application please ensure within the Proposed Programme of Study tab that Professor Bernd Stahl is identified as the named academic.

For any queries please contact [email protected]

The closing date for applications is 05 June 2020.

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