VOILAb PhD opportunities


Who should apply for a PhD in VOILAb

We welcome applications from outstanding and ambitious students, with the potential of becoming extraordinary scholars. We select less than 5% of the applications that we receive. The principal selection criteria is excellence. Specific expertise relevant to the project and motivation are also considered.
Applicants must have studied fluid mechanics in their undergraduate courses, and must demonstrate a genuine interest in this subject. Expertise in computational fluid dynamics or experimental fluid dynamics is desirable but not essential.  

Previous successful applicants have a very diverse background, including engineering, mathematics, physics, biology, etc. Our research group is very diverse for gender, race, nationality, career ambition, etc. We strongly value the diversity in our group, and thus applicants from groups tipically under-represented in academia are strongly encouraged to apply. Find here the minimum entry requirements by country.

Being fluent in both spoken and written English is essential. We accept the following English language qualifications at the minimum grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section
  • PTE Academic: total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Self-funded applicants

Self-funded applicants who have received funds through scholarships or other sponsors can apply for any advertised project (https://edin.ac/3L7HTnq), or can propose their own project. Self-proposed projects must align closely with the research focus of VOILAb. Applicants should apply trough this link: https://edin.ac/2v7HvCK. They should either attach their own research proposal to the application, or indicate one project between those offered by VOILAb and listed at this link: https://edin.ac/3L7HTnq

To Apply

Before applying, applicants are recommended to submit CV and cover letter by email to Dr Ignazio Maria Viola at i.m.viola@ed.ac.uk. However, because of the large number of enquiries, note that it is not possible for us to reply to all enquiries. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Only candidates that have been succesfully passed the interview stage will be invited to apply online at https://edin.ac/2v7HvCK.