**One studentship for September 2017 start available at University of Essex.**

We have an annual recruitment process for IGGI studentships, but also welcome self-funded applications throughout the year.  Students start at the beginning of the academic year.

Research theme and supervisor

To apply for a place on the IGGI programme, you need to select a lead supervisor at one of the three IGGI institutions: York, Essex and Goldsmiths. 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. If you are unable to identify a supervisor, then please check our research themes to see if your proposed research sits within one of these areas.

While IGGI PhDs will undertake research in a wide range of game-related areas, we particularly encourage projects which fit within the Grand Challenge problems.

You can contact potential supervisors directly, or we can help you to choose a principal supervisor from York, Essex or Goldsmiths based on your interests and background.

We encourage you to 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

To apply for IGGI, please email with the following documents:

For overseas students, 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, it will be reviewed by the coordinators of IGGI. 


Deadline for submission of applications for the University of Essex studentship for September 2017 start is midnight on Friday 5th May, 2017

Interviews are expected to be held at the University of Essex on Friday 26th May, 2017

Subject to EPSRC eligibility criteria, the studentship covers tuition fees and a £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.

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



It is 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. If you wish to apply as a self-funded student, the deadline for applications is Friday 28th April 2017. Applications should still be submitted to with all the documents listed above.