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Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS)

Deadline: 14 January, 2020
Level of Study
Postgraduate Research
Country Group
EU, GB, International, NI, ROI
Funding Amount
Stipend £15,009 (currently), plus tuition fees
Application Status

Eligibility summary

  • Level of StudyPostgraduate Research


There are 7 fully funded LINCS PhD Scholarships available for entry in September 2020.

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.





Further Information

Project priority themes are:
  • 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

Funding Towards

Tuition Fees, Living Costs / Stipend, Training and Development, Placement

Funding Amount

Stipend £15,009 (currently), plus tuition fees

The Scholarship includes:
  • Full-time postgraduate research tuition fees at Standard UK Rates (not yet set for 2020/21). These will be set in early 2020. The standard tuition fee for 2019/20 was £4,327 for one year of study
  • A maintenance award at the Research Councils UK national rate
  • Research Training and Expenses £1,000 per annum for three years
Number of Awards


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Terms and Conditions




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
  • To download the Guidance Notes document, please click here.
Funding Type

Help with new course

Fee Status

EU, GB, International, NI, ROI

Country Group

EU, GB, International, NI, ROI

Study Level

Postgraduate Research

Start Date

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 00:00:00 BST

Close Date

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:00:00 GMT

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 within each project document above.

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 as soon as possible


Step Two

Complete an Online Application Form.

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

You must include the code LINCS20 on your application form to indicate that you wish to be considered for a LINCS award.

Applicants should choose the option “I wish to be considered for external funding” and then enter LINCS20 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 400-800 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 400-800 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 LINCS20 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).