RISE PhD Fellowships

RISE is a newly founded research centre in Cyprus aiming to become a centre of excellence empowering knowledge and technology transfer in the region. It is a joint venture between the Municipality of Nicosia, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Germany), the University College London (UK) and the three public universities of Cyprus – University of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology, and Open University of Cyprus. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017 (Teaming Phase 2) under grant agreement No. 739578, as well as from the Cypriot Government, the local partners and other sponsors.
The research focus of RISE is on interactive media. Interactive media have become an integral part of our lives, changing the way that information is conveyed to the user and the ways users interact with devices, with other people, and with the world around them. Research in RISE integrates the Visual Sciences, Human Factors and Design, and Communications and Artificial Intelligence, in a tight synergy that provides a unique interdisciplinary research perspective that emphasizes an “Inspired by Humans, Designed for Humans” philosophy. RISE is designed to act as an integrator of academic research and industrial innovation, towards the sustainable fuelling of the scientific, technological, and economic growth of Cyprus and Europe. For more information about RISE, please visit www.rise.org.cy

RISE PhD Fellowships

In the academic year 2019-2020, RISE will offer up to five (5) PhD fellowships to encourage participation in RISE’s DTP.

Fellowships will be for up to 3 years, during which the candidate needs to complete his/her PhD. The fellowship includes a monthly salary of €1.650 (€19.800 yearly) along with a tuition waiver for the Host University.

Fellowship and Participation in RISE’s DTP require:

  1. Register at one of the local partner Universities of Cyprus (i.e., Host University), under the supervision of a RISE academic. Note: Depending on the university of registration, the PhD student will have to follow the respective doctoral program with expectations and examination procedures. RISE will not interfere with the PhD requirements of the University where the PhD student is registered. The PhD degree will be awarded by the University the PhD student is registered at.
  2. Spent 70-80% of their time at RISE Centre itself and 20-30% at the external partners. The costs for the placement at the external partners will be covered by RISE.
  3. Complete a minimum of 4 courses or series of seminars offered by RISE’s DTP in-house program, preferably during the first 2 years of their PhD. Note: These courses are independent of any coursework/seminar PhD requirements by the Host University. Yet, provided that the Host University/Department agrees, these courses may count towards the course requirements of the PhD program at the Host University.
  4. Engage in year-round communication and dissemination activities of RISE (e.g. poster days, industry events)

RISE fellowship might be discontinued if the fellow does not adhere to the obligations of RISE’s DTP.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be 35 years of age or younger on the date of application
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree (4 years or 5 years program) in the area of concentration
  • Have an MA/MSc in the area of concentration
  • Have a proven record of high-achievement
  • Have a PhD thesis proposal centred on the topic of interest from the composed list of RISE topics.
  • Be fluent in written and verbal communication in English


Application Process

The application should be sent to  research@rise.org.cy  and should include:

  1. The selected topic (one application for each topic, max 2 topics per applicant)
  2. Full CV of the applicant
  3. Full transcripts of all previous studies
  4. English language degrees
  5. A letter of interest or statement of purpose written in English, which describes 1) previous work performed in the topic under study 2) why the candidate wishes to undertake the specific studies (1000 words max).
  6. A PhD thesis proposal centred on the topic of interest including initial research objectives (1000 words max). Note: A different application must be submitted for each topic of interest with a maximum of 2 applications per candidate.
  7. Names and contact information of two referees. Note: Referees will be contacted by RISE to submit their letters, if the candidate is shortlisted.

DEADLINE for applications: 10/07/2019

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