PhD Positions


We are looking for excellent and highly-motivated PhD students, and visiting students.


You can contact Dandan for informal inquiries. She is happy to answer questions related to eligibility and the application process. She can recommend you to other supervisors if your research background is not related to intelligent robotics research.

You are welcome to join Bristol Robotics Lab ( for Intelligent Robotics Research (new). You can choose a supervisor from the Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol.

PhD Openings

        We are accepting PhD applications all year round.

The details of the available PhD projects can be found at the end of this page (see PhD Projects Description). 

Application Details

Prior to submitting your application, please contact Dr Zhang with your CV attached for an informal discussion about research topics. There will be a shortlisting of the best applications before an interview with Dr Zhang and the other potential PhD supervisors.

Candidate Requirements

English Language Requirement English language test certificate (minimum IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill or other equivalent English qualifications).


Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a Master’s degree (or international equivalent) in robotics, computer science, engineering (e.g. mechanical, electronic), physics, mathematics or other relevant disciplines. Applicants without a Master’s qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree. Please note that acceptance will also depend on evidence of readiness to pursue a research degree.


Basic skills and knowledge required:

• Essential:

Excellent analytical skills and some experience with coding (C++/Python preferred)

Excellent teamwork skills and a proactive attitude.


• Desirable:

Prior experience with robotics, including ROS

Prior experience with machine learning techniques such as deep learning, reinforcement learning etc.

Funded PhD project in Robotics

This is a fully-funded, 3.5-year PhD studentship.
The scholarship will provide funds to cover home tuition fees and living costs in line with UK Research Council funding levels.

PhD Studentships in the Faculty of Engineering

The Studentships are funded for 3/3.5/4 years depending on the project to cover the full cost of Home tuition fees, also a limited number of international fee waivers for EPSRC Studentships are available, plus a stipend bursary. The stipend bursary will rise each year to reflect the standard research council rates.

Please contact Dandan for more information.

University of Bristol PhD Scholarship

Check out more at the following link.

Bristol-China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarship programme (UoB-CSC) for Chinese PhD applicants

  • UoB will waive the international tuition fees and the CSC will provide the living allowance. UoB-CSC applications for the 2022-2023 entry are currently closed. The application will open every year around October. Please note this is a two-step application.

  • Step 1: You should submit a full application (in English) to UoB first. You have to get an unconditional offer before you place a CSC application to UoB. The deadline for this step is usually in the early or middle of January.

  • Step 2: If you are successful at step 1, you will then submit another full application (in Chinese) to the CSC in China. The deadline is usually in March. The result is usually announced in May/June. If you are successful in both steps, you will be awarded a full scholarship from UoB and CSC.

Other student funding

You can check out other student funding at UoB

Postdoctoral Research Positions

   Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers

If you want to propose a collaboration based on an externally-funded post-doctoral scholarship, please get in touch with me. Here are some potential funding opportunities:


PhD Projects Description

Machine Learning Based Human-Robot Shared Control

Bristol BS8 1TH, UK

Modelling and Data-Driven Hybrid Method for Intelligent Robotics

Bristol BS8 1TH, UK

Domain Adaptation for Learning from Demonstration

Bristol BS8 1TH, UK

Explainable Robot Learning

Bristol BS8 1TH, UK

Improve Data-Efficiency for Deep Imitation Learning

Bristol BS8 1TH, UK

Robot learning for Dexterous Manipulation Based on Visual-Tactile Fusion

Bristol BS8 1TH, UK

Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships are aimed at talented individuals who have the potential to make change. The CSC offers around 800 awards for postgraduate study and professional development each year.