University of Cape Town Computer Science Scholarships 2021/2022

University of Cape Town Computer Science Scholarships 2021/2022

The Hasso-Plattner Institute (HPI) Research School at University of Cape Town, affiliated with the School of Information Technology at the University of Cape Town, annually grants new PhD scholarships to qualifying students from the African continent in the fields of Computer Science (CS) and Information Systems (IS).

University of Cape Town Computer Science PhD Scholarships

We seek high quality applications centred on ideas that revolve around proposing and evaluating solutions to problems of computer science and information systems that emerge in the African context.

University of Cape Town Computer Science PhD Scholarships Eligibility

Eligible candidates will meet the following criteria

  1. Hold a Masters Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field, supported by a good dissertation
  2. Be proficient in English as attested by a recent score (obtained within 3 – 5 years before application for admission) of at least 570 (paper-based test) or 230 (computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or a recent overall band score of 7.0 (with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0) on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If your medium of education was in English then you are exempt from this requirement.

Accepted candidates should be prepared to study full-time in Cape Town, South Africa, and will be required to secure a study visa.

University of Cape Town Computer Science Scholarships 2021/2022

University of Cape Town Computer Science Scholarships 2021/2022
University of Cape Town Computer Science Scholarships 2021/2022

Value of Award: Support is available for the research work of PhD candidates with the supervisors of the research school.

How to Apply for University of Cape Town Computer Science Ph.D. Scholarships

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae ( 2-3 pages)
  • Academic Transcripts
  • TOEFL/IELTS Results
  • A brief research proposal (2-3 pages) with a potential supervisor at UCT identified

Your proposal must outline your research question(s) and proposed methodology for conducting the research. We will only consider proposals that fall within the core areas of our supervisors. It is advisable to consult the web pages and publications of potential supervisors, then to contact them by e-mail beforehand to determine if your areas of research interest align with theirs. However, please do not indiscriminately contact all staff in the School of IT at UCT. If you have more than one area of interest indicate this at the end of your research proposal.

Please submit a single pdf file, comprising ALL the application materials, electronically to

Shortlisted candidates will be expected to arrange for three reference letters to be submitted and be available for a video-conference interview in September.

Questions or requests for more information can be made to the Coordinator , Melissa Densmore, at [email protected].

For more information, visit the University of Cape Town Computer Science PhD Scholarships.

About University of Cape Town (UCT)

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa.[4] In terms of full university status, it is the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa together with Stellenbosch University which received full university status on the same day in 1918.

Although UCT was founded by a private act of Parliament in 1918, the Statute of the University of Cape Town (issued in 2002 in terms of the Higher Education Act) sets out its structure and roles and places the Chancellor – currently, Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe – as the ceremonial figurehead and invests real leadership authority in the Vice Chancellor, currently Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, who is accountable to the University Council.

Consisting of 57 departments organised in 6 faculties and the multidisciplinary Centre for Higher Education Development, the university has approximately 29000 to 30000 students in the liberal arts, pure sciences and professional degrees ranging from Bachelor’s degree (NQF 7) to Doctoral degree level (NQF 10).

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