2021 University of Cape Town Computer Science PhD Scholarships for African Students

The Hasso-Plattner Institute (HPI) Research School at the University of Cape Town, affiliated with the School of Information Technology at the University of Cape Town, is inviting application from qualifying candidates for scholarship in the fields of Computer Science (CS) and Information Systems (IS). 

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The funding organisations 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.

Application Deadline: 15th August 2020

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be taken at (country): South Africa

Award type: PhD

Study type: full-time

Study location: Cape Town, South Africa

Number of Awards: Not specified


Candidate must hold a master’s degree in computer science, Information Systems, or related field, supported by a good dissertation 

Be proficient in English as attested by a recent score (obtained within 3 – 5 years before the 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). Candidates who studied in institutions with English as the medium of education are exempt from this requirement. 

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

How to Apply: 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. The proposal must outline the research question(s) and proposed methodology for conducting the research. Only proposals that fall within the core areas of our supervisors will be considered. It is advisable to consult the web pages and publications of potential

Please, compile all your documents in a single pdf file, and submit your application online

Shortlisted candidates will be expected to arrange for three reference letters to be submitted and be available for a video-conference interview in September.  For more information, visit Award Webpage for Details


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