Human Brain Project (HBP) - PHD Scholarships

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    De Montfort University
    United Kingdom
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences
    Professions and applied sciences
    Social sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)


Two PhD opportunities are available with the EU Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship Human Brain Project (HBP). The PhDs 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 two successful applicants for the PhD studentships will undertake research under the supervision of the HBP DMU team, currently consisting of four 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 research topics can be found here:


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

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

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

What is funded

Awards are offered for 3 years (36 months) full time. The scholarships cover

  • PhD Fees at the Home/EU level (£4,330 p.a for 2019-20)

  • The UKRI maintenance allowance (£15,009 for 2019-20)


3 years


In order to be admitted as a student for a research degree programme, an applicant shall normally possess a UK Honours degree with at least an upper second-class honours, or an academic or professional qualification which is deemed to be equivalent.

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


The responsibility for the funding offers published on this website, including the funding description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.