A Global Research Institute of Queen's University Belfast

Research

The Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS) at Queen’s University Belfast has been established to support pioneering research at the interface between the social sciences and electronic engineering & computer science. LINCS brings together The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) to develop a distinctive cohort of doctoral students working across the boundaries of their disciplines who will open up new avenues of enquiry centred initially on the priority themes and specific PhD projects outlined below.

  • Cybersecurity: Technology and Ethics
  • Cyberspace, Privacy and Data Protection
  • Debordering and Rebordering in Cyberspace: Technological, Legal and Political Aspects
  • Borders, Security Technologies, Data Gathering and Data Sharing

LINCS offers fully-funded doctoral studentships to outstanding applicants.

We provide a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of study, which incorporates:

  • Full tuition fees at Standard UK Rates (currently £4,076* per annum) for three years
  • A maintenance award at the UK Research Councils’ national rate (currently £14,198* per annum)
  • £1,000 per annum research training and expenses to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork
  • Financial support to participate in the annual Student Led Conference, which includes specialist training as well as events focussing on career development and enhancing your employability
  • Access to additional research funding from a central LINCS research support fund.
  • Financial support for placements, international conferences and the acquisition of the skills necessary for you to complete your PhD to the highest standards.

*current 2016/17 fees

LINCS Programme Coordinator Professor Cathal McCall
Training & Skills Coordinators

CSIT - Dr Fatih Kurugollu

AHSS - Dr Brice Dickson

Internationalisation Coordinator Professor Weiru Liu
Placement and Partnerships Coordinators

CSIT - Dr Kieran McLoughlin

AHSS - Dr Muiris MacCarhaigh

Pastoral Support Coordinator Professor John Morison
Programme Reporting Coordinator Professor Cathal McCall
Supervisory Team Coordinators

Cybersecurity: Technology and Ethics
Professor Sakir Sezer

Cyberspace, Privacy and Data Protection
Dr Tom Walker

Debordering and Rebordering in Cyberspace: Technological, Legal and Political Aspects
Dr Debbie Lisle

Borders, Security Technologies, Data Gathering and Data Sharing
Professor Hastings Donann

Research Ethics Officer Dr Tom Walker
Programme Administrator Mrs Teresa Cotton

How to Apply

Step One:

Before you apply you will need to explore with our Project Contacts whether your area of research interest can be supervised and supported. Please see the lead supervisor indicated beside each project.

The full list of specifics projects for 2017 entry will be posted here

In addition to the specific projects listed under each priority theme, applicants may propose their own interdisciplinary topic that aligns with one or more of the priority themes.

In this case, please contact Professor Cathal McCall in the first instance.


Step Two:

Complete an Online Application Form

All applications must be made via the Queen's University Applications Portal.

You must include the code LINCS17 on your application form to indicate that you wish to be considered for a LINCS award.

Applicants should chose the option “I wish to be considered for external funding” and then enter LINCS17 in the free text box which follows.

COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION

  • All applicants must provide an up-to-date CV; this should be uploaded to the Admissions Portal as a separate document.*
  • All applicants are required to provide a 100-400 word statement detailing how their PhD will address the interdisciplinary aspects of the LINCS programme.
  • Applicants wishing to propose an interdisciplinary PhD topic of their own, that aligns with one or more of the LINCS priority themes, must upload a 400 word research proposal that describes the topic as a separate document.* This research proposal must clearly identify a potential supervisory team and which of the themes it relates to.
  • Applicants must provide the name of an Academic Referee in support. Failure to provide a referee will result in the application being rejected.
  • Please note, failure to include the reference LINCS17 in the free text box may result in your application not being allocated or considered for funding.

*Please note that only one document can be uploaded, you must combine your CV and Research Proposal into one document (word or PDF).

*As above note.

The deadline for applications to LINCS’s 2017 will be posted with the project information.

Please read the ‌applicant guidance notes below carefully, which sets out the eligibility criteria and application guidance notes for people wishing to apply for a fully funded, three year LINCS PhD studentship.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND GUIDANCE NOTES

  • Applicants must hold a minimum 2nd Class Upper Degree (2:1) or equivalent qualification in a relevant Technology, Social Science or Humanities Based subject.
  • Applicants must be a UK or EU citizen.
  • Applications from non-UK or non-EU citizens may be accepted on an exceptional basis but additional funding to cover International student fees is not available and must be secured by the applicant prior to starting.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both writing and speaking in English.
  • Successful applicants must be prepared to live and work in Northern Ireland for the duration of their studies.
  • Interested candidates must consult the main topic contact at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their research plans and application, or Professor Cathal McCall in relation to an Open Proposal.

THE ONLINE APPLICATION

  • Please note that only one document can be uploaded, you must combine your CV and Research Proposal into one document (word or PDF).
  • Failure to include the reference LINCS17 in the free text box may result in your application not being allocated or considered for funding.

Online Application Portal

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