Call for applications for One (1) PhD fellowship in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Informatics tenable at Makerere University

Project Title BRIGHT: Building Research Capacity in Innovative Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) for Sustainable Socio-economic Growth in Uganda.
Extent: 100 %
Start date: Upon agreement.
Scholarships: The scholarships will provide support for registration, equipment, regional/international conferences, field study, publications and printing of thesis.

Programme outline in brief

The PhD programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Makerere University (Mak), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), University of Gothenburg (UGOT), and Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers) will jointly train ten (10) PhD-students. The aim is to build research capacity in innovative Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) for sustainable economic growth in Uganda. Health and education are the two application domains that will be main focus areas. The programme spans four to five years and include (i) general courses in Software Engineering, and Informatics/Information Systems, as well as specialization courses, and (ii) data collection and thesis writing.

PhD studies

The PhD-student will be admitted to PhD studies at Mak (local training arrangement). The PhD programme will run for four years comprising of intensive course work and thesis work. To obtain a PhD degree, doctoral candidates must have written and verbally defended a scientifically based doctoral thesis that has been passed at a public defence, and he or she must also have passed the courses and examinations that are included in the study plan. Each PhD-student will perform the study under supervision by a main supervisor and co-supervisor(s) aiming at the development of the PhD student’s methodology, experience, analytical skills, and theoretical depth and width. Results will be communicated in the form of scientific articles, conference presentations, etc. and a PhD thesis.

Possible Research Directions

The prospective supervisors suggest the following topics. However, we are willing to consider alternative excellent proposals:

  • Software development tools: how are they used? How do they interoperate? How do they affect development processes?
  • Building a national 'software bank' for new ways of collaboration in software development across organizations in Uganda with a focus on a particular domain such as medical/healthcare.
  • Mining software repositories for UML software designs. Areas of focus include program understanding, reasoning about (maintainability/security of) UML designs.

Criteria/Eligibility requirements

  • We are seeking one (1) highly motivated person for PhD studies in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Informatics.
  • The applicant must be a staff member of Mak or MUST
  • You must have a master degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or in Informatics, or in an equivalent subject.
  • Good communication skills in English are also required. Experience in scientific collaboration is a merit.
  • The capability of assimilating a doctoral education is crucial and the applicant will prove this by documenting knowledge within the research areas Software Engineering, or Informatics/Information Systems, and knowledge in scholarly scientific theory and methodology, as well as the ability to execute scientific research.
  • Selection process

    1. The PhD candidate will be recruited based on academic merit.

    2. Competent faculty at UGOT, Chalmers, MUST, and Mak will jointly perform reviewing and interviewing of the applications.

    3. Special recruitment efforts will be made to ensure gender equality within the program

    Additional information

    The application must be written in English and it must include two separate documents plus thesis. Applications will be handled electronically.

    The 1st document shall include:

    • a short cover letter with a motivation that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria (max. two A4 pages), and
    • an attested list of qualifications (CV)

    The 2nd document shall include:

    • examination certificates and a transcript of courses with grades,
    • a copy of the master thesis (or equivalent),
    • a proposal for a research topic and an approach (max. two A4 pages),
    • evidence of employment at Makerere University or Mbarara University of Science and Technology
    • contact information for at least two references that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, and
    • other documents deemed important by the applicant

    Application procedure

    1. Detailed information about the application for the fellowship can be obtained from the project website

    2. Electronic submission of application for the fellowship with supporting documents should be sent to the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Makerere University; Email:; Copy to:;

    3. All files should be in commonly accessible formats (such as pdf or word).

    4. Application deadline is 29th July 2016 and interviews (where applicable) will be conducted between 01st and 10th August 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

    4. Application deadline is 28th October 2016 and interviews (where applicable) will be conducted between 01st and 11th November 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

    For further information contact:

    Prof. Dr. Michel R. V. Chaudron Email:


    Engineer Bainomugisha Email:

    Project website: