PhD Scholarship - Distributed Data-Intensive Service Composition

Study Area(s): Engineering; Technology
Scholarship Level: Doctoral
Closing Date(s): The position is open until filled
Tenure: Three years
Number offered: One
Value: $25,000 per annum plus tuition fees (please see additional information)


This scholarship will cover tuition fees as well as 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 successful student will be supervised by Dr. Hui Ma at Victoria University of Wellington and Prof. Sven Hartmann at Clausthal University of Technology, and work together with other people at the Evolutionary Computation Research Group.


This 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.


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.

Application process

Applicants must meet the entry requirements for PhD study at Victoria University of Wellington. Refer to the Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research. New PhD applicants should complete the PhD Admission and Scholarship online application and clearly indicate they wish to apply for the PhD Scholarship – Distributed Date-Intensive Service Composition.

Note that applicants may also be requested to supply evidence of financial hardship if applicable, and any other documentation they wish to be considered by the committee, such as personal statements or character references, to assist their application.

Selection process

The successful recipient will be selected by a team led by Dr Hui Ma.

Additional information

The scholarship will provide a stipend to cover living expenses of NZ$25,000 per annum, 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.

Regulations and conditions

  1. A completed online application must be submitted by 4:30pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4:30pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
  2. All offers of the Scholarship will be conditional upon the recipient being fully enrolled in a full-year programme (full-time will be at the level of points considered by Studylink as full-time) within the stipulated criteria and tenure of the scholarship. No payment of the Scholarship will be made until this condition is met.
  3. The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
  4. The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards.
  5. Should the recipient withdraw from Victoria University of Wellington during the tenure of this scholarship or fail to achieve a satisfactory progress, partial repayment of the Scholarship will normally be expected. Recipients must advise the Scholarships Office if they intend to withdraw.
  6. Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for Victoria University of Wellington and participate in appropriate events or marketing if requested.
  7. At the discretion of the Deciding Authority, the application of the terms and conditions of the Scholarship may be modified in special circumstances or to avoid hardship to any candidate for the Scholarship.


For further information regarding the project and scholarship please contact Dr Hui Ma (