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The University of Southampton
Centre of Excellence for the Future of Human Communication


PhD Funding – Future of Human Communication

Funding is available to support an excellent EU or UK PhD student, working on a project within the Centre’s remit, in any discipline. Supervisors and candidates should register their interest by emailing


Full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students an enhanced stipend of £15009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

The Centre of Excellence for the Future of Human Communication is offering funding for a student to pursue an interdisciplinary PhD, in any topic related to our remit.

The Centre of Excellence for the Future of Human Communication (FHC) is dedicated to developing digital technologies that will help people to communicate better. Its researchers are working on next-generation, accessible devices and systems that will improve healthcare and wellbeing, and enhance the way we learn, work, and consume entertainment and culture.

We’re interested in proposals that take an interdisciplinary, user-centric approach to advancing human communication in any of the following areas:

·    Digital communication tools for the workspace, wellbeing and healthcare

·    Digital communication technologies to support the modern workforce

·    Enabling greater participation in work, education and leisure for people with complex communication disorders

·    Improvements in classroom and learning technology

·    Access to, and the experience of, entertainment, gaming and the arts

Applications should be made by a student and supervisor. Applications should articulate the research challenge to be addressed, and why the proposed research is of interest and importance to the Future of Human Communication. We strongly encourage applications that are jointly supervised by supervisors from different disciplines.

If you’re a student interested in applying for this funding, but do not yet have supervisors in mind, please contact for a friendly conversation about identifying and approaching potential academics.


A very good undergraduate degree (at least a 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date

Applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020.

How to apply
Applications should be made once a student and project have been identified, but may be submitted for consideration prior to completion of the relevant faculty’s academic application process. We recognise that different faculties have different

Applications should include:

·    Research Proposal

·    Student’s Curriculum Vitae

·    Degree Transcripts to date

For further information please contact:



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