11 Doctoral Training Studentships in Digital Civics

Newcastle University

Sub: Newcastle University, UK – EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Digital Civics

11 Doctoral Training Studentships in Digital Civics


We have 11 fully-funded four-year doctoral studentships in Digital Civics (commencing September 2017) and are seeking applicants with a passion for civic life, an interest in how digital technologies can be used to support citizens and communities, and an undergraduate or masters level education in one of the constituent disciplines of our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics: computer science, design, education, health sciences, planning and architecture, politics, business and social science.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Digital Civics (https://digitalcivics.io) at Newcastle University trains doctoral students in the design, deployment and evaluation of community-driven digital technologies and services. Whether it is through the redesign of local services within communities, or rethinking how citizens can and do interact with local government, technology innovation and design has a critical role to play in enabling digitally connected citizens and communities. The CDT began in September 2014 and will train a minimum of 55 doctoral students over five annual intakes.

The CDT in Digital Civics brings together a wealth of expertise at Newcastle University, and is a collaboration between five of the University’s leading research centres: in human-computer interaction and ubiquitous computing (at Open Lab (http://openlab.ncl.ac.uk)); security, privacy and trust (Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security (http://cccs.ncl.ac.uk)); teaching and learning (Centre for Learning and Teaching (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/cflat)); planning (Global Urban Research Unit) (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/guru)) and public health and social care (Institute for Health & Society (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ihs)). Doctoral trainees will be supervised by a cross-disciplinary committee of academics from these centres, and will be expected to undertake projects related to at least one of the key Digital Civics research themes:

  • digital public health
  • digital social care
  • digital community learning
  • digital local democracy

The CDT is a unique partnership between Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and Northumberland County Council, as well as a range of local, national and global industry and third sector partners. The CDT aims to deliver applied research training for doctoral researchers and includes a program of intensive training and research, internships and placements at some of the world’s leading charities, companies and universities.

All doctoral students will benefit from an annual tax-free stipend of £14,296 for 4 years, full funding of fees, and will receive additional funding for research costs including computing facilities, research consumables, and local, national and international travel to attend conferences and participate in industrial and academic exchanges.

For more information about the CDT, please see: https://digitalcivics.io

Should you have any questions, please email openlab-admin@ncl.ac.uk or for answers to frequently asked questions about the CDT, please see: https://digitalcivics.io/phd-frequently-asked-questions

If you wish to apply for a studentship, please visit: https://digitalcivics.io/apply

Closing date for applications: 28th February 2017

Notification of interview by: 8th March 2017

Interview dates: 15th to 24th March 2017