PhD Studentships

Every year, I accept one or two new PhD students to my group. Imperial has a number of scholarships for potential PhD candidates:

  1. If you are an overseas student, please explore opportunities here.
  2. Imperial President’s scholarships.
  3. James Dyson Foundation Scholarships.
  4. UK Research Council funded scholarships.

If you want to join my group through one of these scholarships, please get in touch with me (t.nanayakkara at I would want to know the following:

  1. Whether you have a bachelor degree in engineering with a 2:1 or first class (or equivalent GPA for overseas students), and a masters with 70% marks or higher.
  2. It is strongly encouraged to have your own initial scientific questions and experimental methods in the area of soft robotics. This is to make sure you have already thought about a scientific research project.
  3. Mention why you think you fit in my group. You can have a look at the kind of things existing PhD students are doing. In essence, we make robotic prototypes to test different hypotheses about how physical circuits in the body and the environment might be contributing to solve computational problems to do with surviving in an uncertain environment.