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Birkbeck University of London Graph Database Technologies, UK 2023/2024

Application is now open for the Birkbeck University of London Graph Database Technologies. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in.

About Birkbeck University of London and Scholarship

The University of London’s member institution in Bloomsbury, London, England, is called Birkbeck, University of London (formerly known as Birkbeck College, University of London). Sir George Birkbeck and his supporters, Jeremy Bentham, J. C. Hobhouse, and Henry Brougham, formed the London Mechanics Institute in 1823. One of the few UK universities with a concentration on evening higher education is Birkbeck.

Birkbeck was ranked 95th worldwide in terms of psychology in 2021 according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The institution is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world for both philosophy and English Language & Literature. Birkbeck is one of the top 350 institutions in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2020 and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.


The Centre for Brain Function and Development at Birkbeck University received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2005 for its research on the human brain. Birkbeck was on the shortlist for the Times Higher Education University of the Year Award in 2010.

Neo4j is the creator of the well-known Neo4j graph database technology, which is a market leader in the administration of graph data and is utilized in projects like the Pandora Papers and its precursors. In partnership with Neo4j, the studentship is housed in Birkbeck’s School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. In addition to leading two interdisciplinary research centers, the Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics and the Birkbeck Knowledge Lab, the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Birkbeck is a recognized center of expertise in knowledge representation and data management, experimental data science, algorithms, verification, and software.

The research for the PhD studentship will focus on Neo4j platform-related graph query language challenges. A graph query language called GQL, which is now being standardized as part of the SQL standard, was inspired by the Cypher query language created by Neo4j and adopted by many other graph database providers. The topics that need to be looked at vary from the theoretical, such as the expressiveness and complexity of GQL subsets, to the empirical, like finding effective methods to use different query operators.

Details about Birkbeck University of London Graph Database Technologies:

Scholarship Sponsor: Neo4j/Birkbeck University of London, UK

Scholarship Value: £10,000 Per Year

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: PhD

Host Institution(s): Birkbeck University of London, UK

Eligibility Criteria for the Birkbeck University of London Graph Database Technologies

Applicants are advised to meet the following prerequisites to be eligible for Birkbeck University of London Graph Database Technologies:

  • The studentship is open to all enrolled full-time students.
  • Applications from persons with low incomes and from groups that are underrepresented in computer science and PhD-level studies are especially encouraged. The student will probably need to find extra sources of funding to cover the whole cost of school (fees, living costs, etc.). One potential source of revenue is giving instructional support for one or more departmental courses.
  • A 2:1 BSc in computer science (or a closely related field) is the very minimum qualification for applications, while a distinction for an MSc in computer science would be desired.

Application Process for Birkbeck University of London Graph Database Technologies

  • Candidates should use the MPhil/Ph.D. Computer Science and Information Systems program page to apply for PhD admission, specifically mentioning their interest in the Neo4j Studentship in Graph Database Technologies. 
  • Candidates should also send a thorough CV, copies of their academic credentials, and a research statement outlining their area of interest. They must be ready to go to an interview, whether it is in person or online.

The Submission Deadline is: Not Specified

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