PhD positions

The research at SCS is organized around three research centres, all with available PhD studentships, covering full tuition (Domestic/EU/Non-EU rate) as well as a stipend for a minimum of three years (ISK 4,260,000 annually, approximately EUR 35,000 at current exchange rate). The scholarships come with a requirement of a minimal teaching load. These are the centres: 

This is an open call until available scholarships have been awarded. The evaluation of the applications will start on February 14th. Applicants are expected to have a finished, or close to finishing, an MSc degree in computer science or a related field before starting the PhD program, as well as being proficient in English. The scholarships are merit based and we seek candidates with a proven record of excellence. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. Therefore, Reykjavik University welcomes applications from individuals who will further expand its diversity; women and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted through the University's online application submission system (linked below).
There are two ways to apply:

As an individual student

  • Send a statement of purpose, research topic and which faculty member(s) you are interested in working with (1-2 pages)
As a student-advisor pair, if you have been in dialogue with a faculty member

  • Send a project proposal written by you and your potential advisor (1-2 pages)

Both types of applications should also include

  • CV
  • Transcripts from previous university studies
  • Two letters of reference
  • Other documents the applicant deems relevant
  • Abstract of MS Thesis (or equivalent)

About the School

The School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University ( is the largest school of computer science in Iceland and the only English speaking one. The school offers Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs, with significant resources being allocated to strengthen the PhD program. The school cultivates close ties with industry through a dynamic co-operative education program, and boasts an outstanding degree of partnership-based research and innovation through its  leading entrepreneurship program and its largest startup incubator in Iceland.   The School of Computer Science at Reykjavík University hosts a number of leading research centres ( whose research ranks among the top Scandinavian universities in their respective fields. These centres have been globally known for the work on algorithms for wireless networks, for contributing to the ASIMO robot in collaboration with Honda and for winning the World General Game Playing Championship. Also, the school is the home of several leading projects, such as the “Freyja” Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, the dark room Virtual Reality Lab, and the smart IoT lab, which is currently under development.  It is the most respected computer science school in Iceland and received an EQANIE accreditation recently for the curricula in computer science.

About Reykjavik, Iceland

Ranked the happiest and safest place in the world, Iceland offers unsurpassed opportunities for seeing nature at work, with its mix of glaciers, hot springs, lava fields and expanses of lunar-like landscape. Reykjavik is one of the most connected cities in the world with daily direct flights to most major cities in north America and Europe. The city is known for its vibrant cultural scene that is seldom seen in cities of its size. Reykjavik University is located on the south shore of the city, next to a heated beach, park, and on the outdoors trail towards the mountains.

For further information about SCS and its research activities, and a link to the application system, please visit: link

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