HBP Ethics Support team meeting with the Ethics Advisory Board

Would you like to do a PhD in ethics and Responsible Research and Innovation of research infrastructure, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data? Our Human Brain Project’s (HBP) Ethics Support team has two fantastic PhD scholarships available. The deadline for applications is 24 February and applications can be submitted here.

The PhDs will be based at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, UK, at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR), a research centre focusing on ethical and social issues of information and communication technology.

The two successful applicants for the PhD studentships will undertake research under the supervision of the interdisciplinary and international HBP DMU team, currently consisting of four Research Fellows and a Professor. 

Suggestions for possible PhD topics on ethics and Responsible Research and Innovation of research infrastructures, Artificial Intelligence and data can be found here. It is envisaged that the PhD research will be undertaken as PhD by Concurrent Publication.

Ideal candidate

  • You are an enthusiastic individual who sees their career in research 
  • You are interested in developing your research skills and pursuing a PhD within three years in a large, interdisciplinary and intercultural research setting
  • You have experience of and interest in at least one of the research areas of the DMU HBP team – Responsible Research and Innovation, compliance management, dual use, ethics-related data governance, data protection, and ethics of artificial intelligence
  • You are happy to work in a team, contribute to the overall team effort and collaborate with colleagues on developing research questions, collecting and analysing data and working on high quality publications 

What is funded

Awards are offered for 3 years (36 months) full time. The scholarships cover

  • PhD Fees at the Home/EU level (£4,330 p.a for 2019-20)
  • The UKRI maintenance allowance (£15,009 for 2019-20)


3 years


In order to be admitted as a student for a research degree programme, an applicant shall normally possess a UK Honours degree with at least an upper second-class honours, or an academic or professional qualification which is deemed to be equivalent.

Due to funding restrictions, applications are open to Home/EU students only.

For more information, see information on DMU Doctoral College here and advertisement of these PhD Scholarships at Euraxess portal here. If you have any questions, please contact us ethicsdialogues@dmu.ac.uk

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