Are you interested in taking a PhD?
If you share any of my research interests (Machine Learning, Data Mining, Bayesian Networks, Normative Decision Support Systems) I would be happy to discuss your chances of pursuing a PhD here at NTNU.
Basically, you have two opportunities (see also here for more details):
If you do not have your own funding, and have not found a position you can apply for, I am unfortunately not able to help you.
On the other hand, if you are interested in applying for an NTNU-awarded scholarships I would be happy to try to help you be successful with your application.
- Self-funded scholarship (self-funding amounts to something like NOK 85.000,- per year. This must be transferred to a Norwegian account to obtain a Norwegian visa)
- Compete for a position through a grant made available here at NTNU (I will call them "NTNU-awarded scholarships" in the following).
These grants are made available on a regular basis; keep an eye on this page, where all grants will be published.
I am not able to help you find funding for a PhD study. If neither of the funding categories above apply to you, please do not contact me.
I am unable to help (and even formally prevented from doing so).
How to make sure you are qualified
There are some regulations governing the acceptance of PhD students at NTNU that you will need to be aware of:
- Before you can start on the PhD you need to have obtained a MSc (or equivalent) in a relevant field of science.
- NTNU requires PhD candidates to have a GPA equivalent to ECTS "B" or better from the last two years of the MSc.
- The international office has made quite a lot of information about other regulations available online. Do check out their website.
If you want me as your supervisor
Well, I have some desiderata for prospective PhD candidates as well:
- I am into AI from a "statistical perspective", so it would be easier to cooperate if you have a solid background in both statistics as well as AI. "Sound thinking" (ability to explain ideas using a formal language) is obviously one of the benefits from having this background.
- The research I am interested in more often than not needs an empirical justification, so implementing your ideas is almost always crucial. It is therefore a big plus if you enjoy programming. Personally, I code using Matlab or C/C++, but will not require you to do the same - as long as you master some programming language(s).
- I expect you to have your own research plan, and that this plan is at least partially overlapping things I am interested in. If you want a PhD connected with a project we run here, then your "research plan" can simply be thoughts about the project, and how to attack the research questions in the project description. In case you apply for open scholarships, a more elaborated description will be required. (This plan is usually also considered a required part of your application, so there is no extra work in this on your side.)
- For a fairly recent example of PhD grants I have offered, take a look at this proposal
OK, so much for the expectations we have for you... You may want to know something about the university, the computer science department, and me as well? If so, please feel free to surf around for a while! If you are not scared of what you see, please contact me, so we can start discussing the opportunities.