Digital resilience studentships

We are seeking motivated graduates to join our PhD Collaborative Cluster in Digital Resilience from September 2023, with one of our 3.5 year fully funded studentships (fees, stipend and travel support), for cohort training and research.

Start date

1 September 2023


3.5 years

Application deadline

Funding source

UKRI and/or University of Surrey

Funding information

​The studentship will provide a stipend at UKRI rates (currently £17,668 for 2022/23) and tuition fees for 3.5 years. An additional bursary of £1,700 per annum for the duration of the studentship will be offered to exceptional candidates.


During the first year students will attend modules and a series of bespoke seminars in the domain of resilience, across both semesters, taught by academics and industrial partners associated with the PhD cluster. Taught activities will be completed within 9 months from the beginning of the PhD. Following confirmation students will pursue their research project until September 2026, allowing the final 6 months for completion and writing up. Students will also participate in the annual mini-conference on October each year and have the opportunity to attend and present their research at international conferences.

Resilience is the ability of a system or organisation to protect against, respond to or recover readily from a shock or disruptive process. Digital resilience is concerned with:

  1. The resilience of digital systems
  2. Digital technologies relevant to resilience of systems and organisations.

It has many foundational aspects. It is underpinned by mathematical models and frameworks for resilience. Technologies for trusted components, devices and sensors play a key role. Architectures for resilience in systems and networks require consideration of complex systems and cyber security, together with algorithms for consensus, fault-tolerance and reliability. Learning for resistance to disruption, and reconfiguration for response and recovery, are central themes requiring advanced AI. Digital resilience above all requires a systems perspective.


Eligibility criteria

Open to any UK or international candidates. Up to 30% of the University of Surrey funded studentships may be awarded to international students. Find out more about eligibility.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Computer Science PhD programme page.

In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the projects (up to 2) that you wish to apply for and the name(s) of the relevant supervisor.

You must upload your full CV and any transcripts of previous academic qualifications. You should enter ’Faculty Funded Competition’ under funding type.

Studentship FAQs

Read our studentship FAQs to find out more about applying and funding.

Application deadline

Contact details

For informal enquiries, please follow the link to the project that interests you. You will then be able to contact the relevant project supervisor.


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