1 September 2018.


Cape Town, South Africa.

(Partially funded)


HPI PhD studentships 2019

The Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Computer Science for Africa (HPI in CS4A, affiliated with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town, is offering PhD studentships in the field of Computer Science to students from the African continent. More specifically, we seek high-quality applications centered on ideas that revolve around proposing solutions to problems of computing that emerge in the African context.

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Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Computer Graphics [Augmented and Virtual Reality, Procedural Modelling]
  •  Digital Libraries [Cultural Heritage Preservation, Architectures and Interoperability]
  •  Distributed Systems [Distributed Data Management, Role Based Authorization, Cloud Computing Scheduling, Data Flow Programming]
  • Educational Technology [Computer Science Education, Gamification, Teacher-focused Interventions]
  • Human-Computer Interaction for Development (HCI4D) [Community-based Content Creation, Participatory Co-Design for/with Mothers and Communities, Participatory Video for Maternal Health Education]
  • Information Retrieval [IR for development, African/marginalized language IR]
  • Knowledge Engineering [ontologies, knowledge representation, and reasoning, natural language generation, intelligent conceptual modeling.
  • Networks [Wireless Community Networks, Network Measurements, Dynamic Spectrum Access/TVWS, Network measurements and performance engineering, Software Defined Networks, Research and Education Networks, Cloudlets / Edge Computing]
  •  Parallel/ High-Performance Computing  [GPGPU, Multithreading]
  • Visualization [Scientific visualization, Tangible interfaces, Design]

Required Languages


Eligible Countries

Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria,  Morocco, Sudan, Libya,  Mauritania, Somalia and other African countries.

Program Period

The scholarship is for 2 years, with an extension for a further year if progress is acceptable over the first 2 years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

Eligible candidates will meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a Masters Degree in Computer Science, supported by a good dissertation
  •  Be proficient in English as attested by a recent score (obtained within 3 – 5 years before 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). If your medium of education was in English then you are exempt from this requirement.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially funded)

The scholarship is sufficient to support full-time study for a PhD at the University of Cape Town (1000 Euros per month).

How to Apply

First step: To apply, please submit the following as a single pdf file, comprising all the application materials, electronically at the following link – Under the title field you should submit a provisional title for your research and under keywords list the areas of specialization.

  • 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.

Your proposal must outline your research question(s) and proposed methodology for conducting the research.
only  proposals that fall within the core areas of research listed will be considered .

Note: It is advisable to contact potential supervisors by e-mail beforehand to determine if your areas of research interest align with theirs. However, please do not indiscriminately contact all staff in the Computer Science Department at UCT. If you have more than one area of interest indicate this at the end of your research proposal.

Second step: Shortlisted candidates will be expected to arrange for three reference letters to be submitted and be available for a Skype interview in mid September.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Muhammad Adel/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Rehab Ali/ Egypt 
” Somiyah ElhassawyEgypt 
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