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Apply for the The Alan Turing Institute PhD Studentship

About the Studentship

The Alan Turing Institute offers the opportunity to motivated graduate students to receive full funding to undertake a PhD at the University of Exeter. The Turing doctoral studentship scheme combines the strengths and expertise of world-class universities with the Turing’s unique position as the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, to offer an exceptional PhD programme. Turing doctoral students spend approximately half of their time based at the Institute headquarters at the British Library in London. They will apply and register for their doctorate at the University of Exeter, where they will spend the remainder of their time. Students will be supervised by faculty from the University of Exeter who are also Fellows of the Institute or substantively engaged with it.

Why apply?

The Turing PhD 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. Studying at The Alan Turing 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 and artificial intelligence communities and the world at large. To support students the Turing offers 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.

What are we 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 artificial intelligence 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. The Institute is looking for students who will embrace the opportunity to enrich their research and broaden their learning through their time there. To this end, students must be willing to be based for at least half of their study at the Institute headquarters in London. Applications from a broad range of academic disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged, especially those whose research spans multiple disciplines and applications. Please see the Turing Student Application Guidence for further details.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests

How to apply

Students should apply through the University of Exeter. You may apply to undertake one of the eight research projects listed below, or may submit your own idea for a research project aligned to the aims of the Alan Turing Institute. If submitting your own research idea you must nominate a primary supervisor from the list of eligible supervisors.

All applications should be made via the appropriate project application link listed below.  If you are wishing to submit your own research proposal, please ensure you use the link ‘submitting your own research proposal‘ and NOT directly to one of the projects listed. If you are choosing to submit your own proposal, please ensure you inform your nominated supervisor that you are applying for this studentship.

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