Several PhD Scholarships in Sensor Cloud Services


The Sensors, Clouds, and Services Laboratory (SCSLab)  (, School of Information Technologies, The University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia), is offering several PhD scholarships for highly motivated and qualified candidates. The candidates are expected to undertake a wide spectrum of research issues in the context of sensors clouds services.  The focus of the research includes issues related to spatio-temporal service composition, trust/reputation, mining. The targeted context includes smart homes. IoT, social networks, and cloud infrastructure. The PhD candidates will work with a team of 3 postdocs on funded research projects under the leadership of Professor Athman Bouguettaya.

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. We employ over 7600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students.

The School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney is embarking on an exciting growth journey pushing the frontiers to new research areas.  Established as the first computer science department in Australia in the 1960s, the School of Information Technologies (SIT) at the University of Sydney is research intensive and has a strong tradition of research-led teaching. SIT is one of the five schools in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and enjoys a strong reputation for research and teaching within Australia and worldwide.  In the recent QS discipline rankings, computer science and information systems at the university was in the top 50 worldwide. In the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) exercises, The University of Sydney was rated at 5 (“well above world-class standard”, top score) in FOR code 08 (Information and Computing). The school is home to four IEEE Fellows, four ACM Distinguished Scientists and seven Australian Research Council (ARC) fellows including one ARC Professorial Fellow and one ARC Future Fellow, editor-in-chiefs of prestigious journals, highly-cited authors, and distinguished members of professional associations. The school has a vibrant and successful PhD program with one hundred students enrolled. Five previous PhD graduates have won the national CORE thesis award for the best computer science dissertation in Australia and New Zealand. The school hosts a University Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing that focuses on contemporary topics such as cloud computing infrastructures and green computing. The school has several school based centers and labs which include visualization, big data and data analytics, image processing for biomedical applications, HCI, sensor cloud services, and algorithms.

The school has close links with several research labs through its collaboration with Data61 (formerly National ICT Australia), Cooperative Research Centre for Capital Markets, among others. SIT also has strong connections with industry partners including IBM, CISCO, Accenture, PwC, HP, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and major Sydney hospitals.

Number of Scholarships available


Value and duration

$30,000 per year for up to three years (with a possible extension for six months). Travel grants may be available for relevant conference attendance. International candidates may be eligible for a tuition waiver.


To be eligible for the scholarship the candidate must:

  • meet University of Sydney’s PhD entry requirements.
  • have an honours or masters degree in the area of Computer Science or related discipline, with outstanding grades.
  • show evidence of research ability — e.g. a graduate thesis or research publications.
  • have an interest in cross-disciplinary research and ability to work in a team.
  • meet the minimum English requirement (Complete tertiary studies taught in English or IELTS 6.5 with no unit less than 6 or equivalent TOFEL). Click here for details.
How to apply

With approval from the project supervisor, you will need to submit your PhD application to The University of Sydney.

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications close whenever qualified applicants are determined. The candidate must enroll to start in research period 3 (Research Period 3: Census date date 31 August, 2017).

 Application guide

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Athman Bouguettaya, School of Information Technologies, The University of Sydney (Phone: +61290369115; Applications should be sent to the email and should include a curriculum vita, a copy of an academic transcript, and two letter of Recommendations. The subject of email should be “application for PhD Scholarships”.