Applications will be accepted in English and in electronic form only through the online application system at http://microsoft.redwhale.com/
. After you create an application in the online application system, you can modify it at any time before the application deadline.
Applications will only be accepted through a student’s institution, such as from the PhD supervisor or a departmental secretary. We will not accept applications from students directly.
Applications should contain the following:
* An online Web form that includes contact details of supervisor(s) and possible reviewers. Ideally, one of the suggested reviewers should be from Microsoft Research. If no suitable Microsoft researcher can be identified, it may mean that the proposed research project is too far from our areas of interest.
* A project proposal of maximum four (4) A4 pages in 10-point font, including references. Accepted formats: plain text or Microsoft Word only.
The research project proposal should address the following points:
* Evidence that the research supervisor would be suitable to supervise of a PhD student for the proposed research project; this may include a short list of recent and relevant publications of the supervisor.
* Evidence that the department or laboratory offers a suitable environment for research in the proposed area.
* Basis for the research (motivations and brief state-of-the-art, including key references).
* Hypothesis under investigation and main aims.
* Research strategy with significant milestones if identified.
* Methods of research (for example, main techniques, experiments, and trials).
* Details of any collaboration with other departments/research bodies.
* Expected outcomes (for example, software tools).
Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, 10 September 2008 midnight (GMT). Applications must be complete and received by the deadline to be considered. Proposals received after this deadline will not be considered.The student, who can be of any nationality, should not have started his or her PhD before October 2008.