PhD scholarship: Secure and Efficient Lattice-based Fully Homomorphic Encryption


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually. Single Overseas Student Health Cover ($3,800) is available for International students.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 25 February 2020
Closing date 10 March 2020


It has been recognized that quantum computing will cripple many traditional encryption algorithms which are the current weapons to ensure the data confidentiality and integrity in communication. It is fairly urgent to propose more secure encryption algorithms. Recently, researchers proposed a research area called post-quantum cryptography resisting quantum attacks. Among various approaches, lattice-based fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) is an efficient method to guarantee the security of private data. This research will be committed into designing lattice-based FHE schemes resisting many such attacks as well as many others like key recovery attacks.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Professor Ryan Ko (

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s
  • Evidence for meeting UQ's English language proficiency requirements eg TOEFL, IELTS

Please note the following: Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland's PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission. You can familiarise yourself with the documents required for this process on the Graduate School's website.

Selection criteria

The candidate should have a strong academic record in mathematics and applied cryptography.

Applications are closed.


Professor Ryan Ko
+61 7 3365 1092
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Terms and conditions

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A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.