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.

The studentships for 2016 entry have been allocated.  Applications for 2017 entry will open in September.


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 for the studentship available for an applicant to Goldsmiths for an September 2016 start is midnight on Tuesday 31st May, 2016.

Applicants will be informed of the shortlisting decision on Monday 6th June.

Interviews will be held in London (venue tbc) on Thursday 16th June.

Please note we are not able to consider applicants who have already applied unsuccessfully this year. Such applicants may reapply next year, however. A new studentship competition for a September 2017 start will open later in the year.

Subject to EPSRC eligibility criteria, the studentships cover tuition fees and a grant towards living expenses, as well as an additional allowance to cover the travel and accommodation required by the demands of the IGGI programme.

The deadline for applications for the next round of IGGI studentships will be advertised here in due course.

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 29th April 2016. Applications should still be submitted to with all the documents listed above.