How to Apply

Applications for the IGGI studentships for 2018 are now open. We have up to 4 studentships available at the University of York for excellent candidates with a passion for games research and the games industry.

Deadline for submission of applications for the funded studentships at the University of York is 23:59 GMT on Sunday 13th May 2018.

We continue to welcome self-funded applications throughout the year. All IGGI students start at the beginning of the academic year (September each year).

IGGI students are a diverse group, and admission judgments are made exclusively on the basis of experience and potential to do excellent research and contribute to IGGI’s goals. We especially welcome applications from female and minority ethnic candidates as well as other groups that are under-represented in areas related to IGGI.

Research theme and supervisor

Stage 1

Select a lead supervisor. For this round of studentship applications, this supervisor must be at the University of York. For self-funded applications, your supervisor can be at York, Goldsmiths, Essex, or Queen Mary.

Check the list of potential IGGI supervisors, listed with their research interests, and contact those that most closely match the research you would like to undertake. Self-funding applications are also open for Queen Mary, University of London. You can find potential supervisors for Queen May at their Supervisors page.

For this round of applications, we particularly invite candidates interested in:

  • Using E-sports and other game data to understand human psychology, particularly motivation;
  • Using E-sports data to teach data literacy;
  • Using data and AI in game experience design.

We always welcome applications in game artificial intelligence, game analytics, game audio, game design, e-sports, applied games for citizen science and understanding human behaviour, or any other the other IGGI Research Themes.

Stage 2

Make contact with potential supervisors directly, or we can help you to choose a principal supervisor based on your interests and background.

Stage 3

Have an informal chat with your potential supervisor, and this will help you to formulate your research proposal needed for your application.

Complete your application

Stage 4

Email IGGI at with the following documents as attachments:

  1. Academic transcripts of previous degrees. Please include degree certificates and formal transcripts of your academic record, providing full details of the degrees, classes, grades you have obtained and the units you have taken. If your degree result is still pending, please include an interim transcript.
  2. Your statement of planned research, that identifies a potential supervisor and one of the research themes stated above. Your statement of planned research needs to outline the nature of your proposed study and give some indication of how you will conduct your research. It should be about 350 word in length. It must be in English and be your own words. We invite but don't require an additional, more fully developed proposal (up to 10pp., with references).
  3. Your CV, to give further background information on your prior experience and qualifications.
  4. Evidence of your programming skills, either through your qualifications, previous employment, or examples of games you have developed.
  5. If you are an overseas applicant, please include evidence of your English language ability. We have set a minimum English language proficiency level of 6.5 in the IELTS test, with at least 6.0 in each component, or a TOEFL score of 87 with a minimum of 21 in each component. 

Once your application has been received, we will contact you within two working days to confirm receipt and advise the next steps and timing of the ongoing application process. 

If you need to contact us directly, further contact details can be found on our contacts page.


Funded Studentships

Funded studentships are currently only available at the University of York.

Deadline for submission of applications for the funded studentships for a September 2018 start is 23:59 GMT on Sunday 13th May 2018.

Applicants will be informed of the shortlisting decision on Friday 18th May 2018.

Interviews will be held at the University of York on Friday 1st June, 2018.

As long as you apply before the 13th May deadline, using the process described above (Stages 1-4), you will be considered for a funded studentship automatically.

The funded studentship covers tuition fees and an annual £14,553 tax and national insurance free stipend at 2017/18 rates, as well as an additional allowance to cover the travel and accommodation required by the demands of the IGGI programme, subject to EPSRC eligibility criteria.

There is substantial competition for IGGI studentships, and we encourage good students to begin discussions with potential supervisors as early as possible.


It is also possible to apply to the IGGI programme as a self-funded student or with funding from another source. Please be aware that you will need to be able to prove that you have the funding to cover the tuition fees, living costs, and the additional travel and accommodation costs required for this course. 

Tuition fees vary according to your fee status and to which institution you are applying. To discuss living costs, tuition fees and additional programme costs, please contact IGGI Manager, Jo Maltby (

If you wish to apply as a self-funded student, the deadline for applications is Friday 27th April 2018. Applications should still be submitted to with all the documents listed above.