Scholarship detail

PHD Scholarship - Distributed Data-Intensive Service Composition


$25,000 pa, plus tuition fees, see "Additional Information".

Tenure of award:

to be awarded for three years.

Closing dates for applications:

The position is open until filled.

Number of awards offered:

One scholarship

History or background of award

A scholarship, supported by the Marsden Fund, is available for a PhD student to work in the Evolutionary Computation Research Group, School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand.

Purpose of award

The scholarship will cover tuition fees, provide a stipend for up to 3 years and support a Marsden funded project in distributed data-intensive service composition. The project will focus on developing new evolutionary computation algorithms for data-intensive service composition, selection and distribution. Research experience and knowledge in the area of web services and service composition, combinatorial optimisation, distributed database systems, and/or big data would be an advantage. The student will be supervised by Dr. Hui Ma at VUW and Prof. Sven Hartmann at Clausthal University of Technology, and work together with other people at the Evolutionary Computation Research Group.

Selection criteria

Applicants need a BSc with a first class Honours or Master’s degree in Computer Science (with a GPA of 3.5/4.0 or above), including research experience and publications in web service composition and distribution, databases, big data, evolutionary computation, and/or combinatorial optimisation. Strong programming skills ( Java/C++, R, Matlab ) are required.

How do students apply?

New PhD applicants should complete the PhD admission and Scholarship application online available from the link below and clearly indicating that they wish to apply for the PhD scholarship in Distributed Data-Intensive Service Composition.

Additional information

The Scholarship will provide a stipend to cover living expenses of NZ$25,000 pa, plus tuition fees (students will be responsible for payment of the student levy and international insurance if applicable). Additional academic training cost including travel to a conference may be available on a case by case basis

Decision makers

Applications will be considered by a team led by Dr Hui Ma.

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Successful applicants will be required to sign a Victoria University Research Scholarship contract.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The applications also need to meet the English requirements to enter the PhD program in Computer Science at VUW.

Who else has information about this award?

For further information regarding the project contact Dr Hui Ma (

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Position: The Scholarships Office
Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington
Address: PO Box 600 Wellington 6140 New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 463 5557