Updated Jan 2010:

I have been informed that  all the positions have been fulfilled and new oppurtunties will be posted at  http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/global/open-phd-positions.aspx

Microsoft Research Cambridge and UK Research Councils (BBSRC and EPSRC) have offered sponsorships to a number of universities in the United Kingdom for outstanding students from India, China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and the developing world to come and study for a PhD in top rated universities in the United Kingdom.

The sponsorship is offered through the Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards Programme launched by Tony Blair in 2003 and the Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme. The students will therefore benefit from all the advantages offered by both programmes including invitation to a Summer School at Microsoft Research in Cambridge and provision of a laptop with Microsoft software.

List of eligible countries

(Part I of http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/35/9/2488552.pdf)

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, FYR Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau Islands, Palestinian Administered Areas, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tokelau, Trinidad and Tobago, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Research projects:

University College London – EPSRC-Microsoft award

University College London – EPSRC-Microsoft award

University of Lancaster – EPSRC-Microsoft

  • Supervisor: Mike Hazas
  • Research project: embedded broadband ultrasonic positioning for mobile computing and sensor networks
  • Not yet advertised – in the meantime, email student CV to fabienpe@microsoft.com

University of Manchester – BBSRC-Microsoft

  • Supervisor: Lee Margetts
  • Research project: using computational biology to bring predatory dinosaurs back to life
  • Not yet advertised – in the meantime, email student CV to fabienpe@microsoft.com

University of Oxford – BBSRC-Microsoft award

Imperial College London – BBSRC-Microsoft

  • Supervisor: Radhika Desikan
  • Research project: modelling integrated signalling networks in stomatal guard cells
  • Not yet advertised – in the meantime, email student CV to fabienpe@microsoft.com

Updated Jan 2010:

I have been informed that  all the positions have been fulfilled and new oppurtunties will be posted at  http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/global/open-phd-positions.aspx