Posted on: 20 December, 2018
Application deadline: January 13, 2019

PhD places: Data Science and its application, the Alan Turing Institute, London and Newcastle University, UK

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.  The Institute is named in honour of Alan Turing, whose pioneering work in theoretical and applied mathematics, engineering and computing is considered to have laid the foundations for modern-day data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute’s goals are to undertake world-class research in data science and artificial intelligence, apply its research to real-world problems, drive economic impact and societal good, lead the training of a new generation of scientists, and shape the public conversation around data.

About the studentship

The Alan Turing Institute and Newcastle University offer a number of places each year to motivated graduate students to complete a fully funded PhD.  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 Newcastle University, where they will spend the remainder of their time. Students will be supervised by faculty from Newcastle University who are also Fellows of the Institute or meaningfully engaged with it.

Find out some key information to help you decide if a PhD with the Alan Turing Institute would suit you.

  • Application deadline: 13 January 2019
  • Apply through Newcastle University (quote reference TURI18 in the studentship code section of the application form)
  • Start date: October 2019
  • Duration: 3.5 years full time study
  • Fees and stipend: The Turing stipend is currently set at £20,500 and is the same for all students (both Overseas and EU/Home). In addition to this the Turing will fund tuition fees in full (at the rate set by Newcastle University) for 3.5 years for all students. All students will also receive a travel and conference fund of £2000 per year and be able to claim reasonable travel expenses. Funding for international students is limited by the number of places available
  • Registration and supervision: Students will be registered and supervised at Newcastle University, with time spent at both the University and The Alan Turing Institute headquarters in London
  • Students must spend at least 50% of their time at The Alan Turing Institute

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
  • tuition fees for a period of 3.5 years

At Newcastle University, we are keen to speak with candidates who are proposing to apply data science to areas including:

  • Engineering
  • Healthcare
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

We are particularly interested to hear from candidates from a broad range of academic disciplines and backgrounds, especially those whose research spans multiple disciplines and applications.  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.

Candidates must apply through Newcastle University (quote reference TURI18). All applications to be considered for the Turing doctoral studentship must be submitted by 13 January 2019. See the original listing for details