Graduate Academy

The SICSA Graduate Academy (SGA) is an international graduate school in Informatics and Computer Science. All Informatics and Computer Science PhD students who are registered with a Scottish University are members of the Graduate Academy and can participate in SICSA activities without charge. The SGA is coordinated by the Graduate Academy Director with support from the Executive Team.

We offer world-class post-graduate training in advanced topics in computer science, transferable skills and entrepreneurship and organise a coordinated programme of research-related activities:

SICSA Prize Studentships

Since 2008 SICSA has recruited some of the very best Informatics and Computing Science students from across the world, through its Prize PhD Studentship competition.  Each SICSA student spends 3 to 4 years as part of a programme coordinated across the SICSA partners. These students will catalyze new collaborations across the Informatics and Computing Science research community, and lead the next generation of computing researchers. 

SICSA has now completed recruitment of SICSA Prize students, with all eligible SICSA members having reached their SICSA Studentship quota in 2012.  There are now over 80 SICSA Prize students working in universities across Scotland.
To read about the experiences of some of our students please visit SICSA Studentships. 

Annual Postgraduate Conference

The SICSA PhD Conference is an exciting event in the SICSA calendar, bringing together Computing Science and Informatics PhD students, leading academics, and industry practitioners for 2 days of workshops, keynote presentations and social events.  Conference fees for all Informatics and Computer Science PhD students based in Scotland are funded by SICSA.
The SICSA PhD Conference 2014 took place on 9th and 10th June 2014, at the University of St Andrews. Full details and presentation slides are available at the Conference Website.   

Summer Schools

The SICSA Graduate Academy is able to provide funding to academics wishing to organise a Summer School and to students wishing to attend a Summer School. 

If you are an academic working within a SICSA institution and you wish to organise a SICSA-sponsored Summer School please visit our Summer Schools web page for further information about how to apply for funding. Summer schools which have been sponsored so far are listed here.

Alternatively, if you are a PhD student studying within Scotland and you wish to apply for funding to attend a Summer School, please visit our information page.  

Details of all forthcoming SICSA-sponsored Summer Schools are provided on our events pages.

SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellowships

SICSA offers support to eminent researchers who would like to come and work in Scotland for periods of one week to three months. Visitors are expected to interact with SICSA members, to offer at least one seminar that is open to all of SICSA, and to visit more than one SICSA site during their stay.

Prospective visitors should be based at one (or more) of the SICSA institutions, and will be expected to provide specific benefits for Scottish research community. These benefits might include some or all of the following: taking part in or helping to direct research via generation of new ideas, sharing of expertise by giving short lecture courses, guest lectures, colloquia, or participation in a summer school. Visits to SICSA institutions other than the host institution(s) are strongly encouraged.

The closing dates annually are:
  • 31 October
  • 28 February
  • 30 June

If you are interested in visiting Scotland under this scheme, please contact your preferred university in the first instance. The proposal must be submitted by a staff member at a SICSA institution who should submit a case for support which explains the purpose of the visit and the benefits for the Scottish research community.

If you are a researcher associated with SICSA, and are interested in hosting a visitor under this scheme, please contact

Applications should be submitted to the SICSA Executive Team by emailing and will subsequently be reviewed by the SGA Board.

More information about applying for a distinguished visiting fellowship can be found here.