Mario Cekic's Ivan D Jankovic PhD Studentship Testimonial

I am a first-year PhD student in Computer Science, supervised by Dr Timothy Griffin. My research interests revolve around internet routing protocols and high-level specification languages for network configuration. Before starting my PhD, I finished MPhil in Advanced Computer Science, also here in Cambridge, supervised by the same supervisor. My work back then was leaning more towards the theory side involving various mathematical approaches to modelling the internet routing. Before coming to Cambridge, I graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia.

Being an overseas student, one of the biggest challenges before commencing my PhD was to secure funding. I was lucky enough to be offered Ivan D Jankovic scholarship by Clare Hall. This scholarship covers full tuition fees over the course of PhD studies and the full maintenance allowance for the first three years. Moreover, not only is this scholarship extremely generous, but it is also completely unrestricted – not tied to a specific project or group. Having such a stable and unrestricted source of funding enables me to fully focus on my academic development.

On top of that, Clare Hall is an intimate Cambridge college and one of the most academic with a high ratio of Fellows to students. As such, it presents another great asset to this exceptional opportunity. Overall, I think this is what makes Ivan D Jankovic scholarship truly unique and life-changing.

I am very thankful for this amazing opportunity made possible by one of our very generous Life Members, and I hope more people will be able to benefit from it in future. Also, I sincerely hope I will be able to provide something similar in return one day