The Alan Turing Institute offers a number of places each year to graduate students to complete a PhD through the Institute and one of our university partners. Our doctoral studentship scheme combines the strengths and expertise of our partners with the Turing’s unique position as the UK’s national institute for data science, to offer an exceptional PhD programme.
Turing doctoral students split their time between their home university and the Institute headquarters at the British Library in London. They will apply and register for their doctorate at one of our university partner institutions, where they will also spend time over the course of their PhD. Students will be supervised by faculty from our partner universities who are also Fellows of the Institute or substantively engaged with us.
Our programme offers all the benefits of completing a PhD at a world-class university, as well as a unique opportunity to study in a collaborative research space. Through our studentships, the Institute hopes to further our ambitious goal of training the leaders of the future.
Studying at the Institute offers students a unique opportunity to undertake a data science focused PhD in a multidisciplinary environment where more than 400 researchers from different disciplines work side-by-side. Studentships at the Turing support graduates to enrich their research through interdisciplinary engagement with the wider data science community and the world at large. Students may propose original projects in line with any of the topics core to data science and The Alan Turing Institute’s strategic challenges.
To support our students we offer a generous tax-free stipend of £20,500 per annum, a travel allowance and conference fund, and tuition fees for a period of 3.5 years.
Further benefits of a PhD at the Turing include:
- Spend time in both a university research environment and at The Alan Turing Institute.
- Access to a range of training, events, seminars, reading groups and workshops delivered by leaders in research, government and industry.
- Opportunities to collaborate on real-world projects for societal impact with our current and emerging industry partners.
- Expert support and guidance through all stages of the studentship, delivered by supervisors who are Fellows of the Turing or substantively engaged with us.
- Networking opportunities and access to brilliant minds researching a range of subjects with opportunities to collaborate and join or start interest groups.
- Supercharge and speed up your research with access to cutting edge IT resources; Azure cloud (with credits), Cray Supercomputer, Intel cluster, EPSRC Funded Tier 2 HPCs, High Spec HP local desktops with GPUs and UK Supercomputers Archer.
What Turing is looking for?
There is no standard Turing student. The Institute welcomes highly talented and proactive graduates who are significantly engaged in any of the topics core to data science and who are interested in engaging with the ethos of the Institute.
Participating in The Alan Turing Institute studentship scheme offers the opportunity to collaborate with academics and other students from a broad range of disciplines. We are looking for students who will embrace the opportunity to enrich their research and broaden their learning through their time here. To this end, students must be willing to be based for at least half of their study at the Institute headquarters in London. We encourage applications from a broad range of academic disciplines and backgrounds, especially those whose research spans multiple disciplines and applications.
Studentship eligibility and award criteria
The Institute will look to award studentships across a wide range of disciplines across our 13 university partners. Students will be expected to meet the admissions, progression and training requirements of that department and university.
Normally students are expected to meet the following criteria*:
- Candidates must hold or expect to hold a UK first or upper second-class honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a discipline relevant to data science.
- Candidates will normally have relevant research experience gained through their Bachelor’s degree, Masters or work experience.
- At least two satisfactory academic or relevant work placement/employment references.
*Please check eligibility criteria of your chosen department and university as these may differ slightly.
The studentships are open to home/EU and international students. A limited number of studentships include fully funded international tuition fees or a partial contribution towards international tuition fees.
All students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Successful admission to one of our partner universities’ PhD programmes.
- Acceptable proof of legal right to study in the UK or ability to satisfy the current requirements of UK Visa and Immigration.
- Students must satisfactorily pass the Institute’s security screening process which includes a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
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