Will Smith
Lecturer in Computer Vision
Department of Computer Science
University of York, UK

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I am happy to supervise PhD students in any topics that are related to my areas of interest.

While these are open calls, I am seeking potential students for projects particularly in the areas of:

For the IGGI studentships the proposed topic must have direct relevance to research in gaming - see below for suggestions.


Studying for a PhD requires tuition fees and living expenses for 3-4 years. If you have your own funding (e.g. from a national scholarship programme or private finance), then you are able to apply for a PhD to start at any time. Alternatively, if you are unable to fund your PhD studies (or can only part-fund them), then the following paragraphs explain some possible sources of funding. I will try to keep these up to date as available scholarships vary over time (last updated: 19th November 2015).

Studentships currently available

The University of York is offering PhD studentships for excellent students, to start in September 2016.

There are three sources of funding, each with different eligibility criteria and deadlines (see below for details). Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Master's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or a related discipline.

1. Departmental studentships

The Computer Science department offers three different studentship schemes: Doctoral Training Grants (DTG), Department European Research Students Award (DERS) and Department Overseas Research Students Award (DORS). Each attract different funding and have different eligibility criteria so please read carefully below.

2. Centre for Doctoral Training (IGGI)

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (IGGI) is a collaboration between the University of York, the University of Essex and Goldsmiths College, University of London. The Centre is a unique opportunity for students to undertake PhD research in collaboration with our 60 industrial games partners and world-leading academics. The doctoral programme lasts 4 years and, besides the research component, includes practical skills training and two industrial placements.

I would be interested in supervising the follow PhD topics that fit the IGGI themes:

Funding details are as follows:

3. University Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS)

This is a highly competitive scholarship based on academic merit and financial need. To present the strongest case, candidates will have excellent bachelors/masters marks and ideally will have already published one or more papers in vision or graphics conferences or journals.


If you are interested in applying for a PhD under my supervision, you need to apply via the university’s central application system. You should name me as a potential supervisor.

Before making a formal application, please email me a copy of your CV/resume to initiate the process and allow us to discuss possible topics.

Do not make more than one application. If you wish to be considered by other supervisors in addition to me, list them on your application form. Making separate applications will result in duplication of effort and will not increase your chances of obtaining funding.