The Trust

The Rabin Ezra Scholarship Trust has been set up with the purpose of making available bursaries for post-graduate students. Dr Rabin Ezra was an undergraduate at Queen Mary and Westfield College in the late 1980s and then went on to obtain his PhD in 1994 in the Department of Computer Science. He specialised in computer graphics, and continued to an eminently successful career at Canon Research Europe, Criterion Software and finally Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in London. Rabin passed away on Monday, June 27th 2005 while he was in Malta on company business, after having been taken ill with pneumonia.

His family have established a Trust Fund that is to be used in perpetuity for the provision of bursaries to postgraduate students. Each year a Selection Committee comprised of a number of Rabin’s colleagues, friends and family will select one or more recipients for a bursary. Until 2012 this trust fund was only available to students from selected London universities. Now this trust fund is available for students at any UK university.

The Bursaries

The trust made bursaries available for the first time in January 2007 and these are available annually thereafter. The bursaries will be made with the intention of recognising and rewarding promising junior research students.

The trust has about £10,000 per annum to distribute. The Selection Committee has discretion to set the amount of the individual bursaries. It may distribute the money to more than one student and it may withhold funding if no suitable candidates present themselves. A recipient in one year may apply for subsequent years but there is no guarantee of a repeat award being made. The bursary is made without constraints on what the applicant might spend it on. The trust has supported a variety of students; from those requiring funds to cover living expenses through to those wanting to purchase a data set or travel to a conference.

The Applicant

The applicant will be a post-graduate student studying full-time for a PhD or equivalent level degree. The applicant will be studying at a UK university. Applicants may be of any nationality, but must be resident in the UK during their studies. They must have started the course already. Note that the applicant must have met any financial commitments that the institution requires in order to start the course. Applicants should therefore not rely on receiving or continuing to receive the bursary if this would impact the financial viability of their continuing. The applicant will normally have at least a full year of their course of study remaining. Students planning to submit within a year will not be prioritised though they may apply.

The trust will support a student in any area of computer science or information technology. However, the selection committee will strongly favour applicants in areas of computer graphics related related to Rabin's own interests in real-time rendering, computer graphics architectures and computer and video games.

The Application

Applications are now open for 2016/2017. The deadline is 9th December 2016.

Applications and enquiries should be sent to with a suitably descriptive subject line such as “application for the Rabin Ezra Scholarship Trust”. Please send a single Adobe Acrobat PDF file. No other formats will be considered.

An application should comprise three pages only:

  • One page summary of CV including academic history to date.
  • One page summary of current research, research plans and a statement of how the bursary would assist the applicant in achieving these plans.
  • One page containing contact details for:
    1. One personal referee
    2. One academic referee
    3. Current supervisor
    4. Head of department

No correspondence will be entered in to concerning the reasons for accepting or rejecting particular applications.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview. The interview, which will last no more than 30 minutes, will concern the applicant’s ambitions in research. The applicant may give a presentation of no more than five minutes duration if they wish. Candidates should be aware that the interview panel is composed of laypersons as well as computer graphics experts.

Expectations of the Recipient

The recipient is expected to write a two page report on their research progress and present this to the Selection Committee, Board of Trustees and invited guests, approximately one year after receiving the bursary. If the recipient leaves their studies without successful completion within a year after receiving a bursary, the trust may request that the bursary be refunded in part so that another student can be supported.

The recipient will be expected to acknowledge the trust in written work and oral presentation of research that was completed when a recipient of a bursary.