Visiting Researchers call

We invite leading data scientists from any country or discipline to become a Visiting Researcher at The Alan Turing Institute. Please download the full call document here


The aim of the Visiting Researcher Programme is to generate collaborations, facilitate knowledge exchange, and explore new or emerging research topics in data science. Applicants are invited to submit proposals to conduct research in any area. We are especially keen to welcome applications from researchers with an interest in advancing the strategic priorities of the Turing:

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NB: Culture and Media are also strategically important areas for the Institute

The four cross-cutting foundational themes and six broad translational sectors have been selected, in part, to enable as many of the Institute’s researchers as possible to engage in projects spanning from theory to application, through to demonstrators and proof-of-concept prototypes.

While they are in residence, Visiting Researchers will be expected to take part in workshops and seminars, and work closely with Turing researchers to contribute to research projects, share knowledge, and develop partnerships in areas for potential long-term collaboration.


Leading researchers may apply from any institution, anywhere in the world, to undertake excellent data science research here at the Turing. Please note that non-EU applicants may require a visa to undertake research at the Institute. Applicants are required to investigate and arrange their own visas.

In order to be eligible under this call, Visiting Researchers are required to have identified in advance one or more Turing-affiliated researchers (Turing Fellows and/or Research Fellows) to support their application. Prior to applying, prospective Visiting Researchers should have discussed their research plan with their primary Turing host to ensure that it fits with the Institute’s mission and agreed a mutually-convenient start date which is no sooner than three months after the call close and no later than 12 months of the call closing. The Turing-affiliated researcher(s) will be required to upload one supporting statement to the application portal in order for applications to be submitted.

Applications for full- and part-time placements will be accepted. Typically, placements for Visiting Researchers will last 8-12 weeks. We will consider placements up to six-months, and may consider longer placements in exceptional circumstances. If you wish to propose a placement which exceeds six-months, please contact in the first instance.

The primary criteria for selection of Visiting Researchers are set out in the ‘Assessment’ section below. Please note that PhD students are not eligible under the Visiting Researcher programme. Any PhD students wishing to spend time at the Institute may apply via the annual PhD Enrichment Year call, please email for details.

Please note all offers are subject to successful security screening and successful applicants will be required to sign The Alan Turing Institute Visiting Researcher Terms and Conditions.

Equality and diversity are promoted and monitored across the Turing. In keeping with the principles of the Institute we aspire to 40% of participants being female; however, we recognise that this may be difficult to achieve within some data science disciplines.

Support available:

The Institute will provide financial support to Visiting Researchers in the form of reimbursement for costs associated with travel and/or accommodation for the duration of the visit. Specific amounts will be dependent upon the duration of the visit and the location from which the Visiting Researcher will be travelling. Details of the maximum reimbursement amounts can be found here.

All Visiting Researchers will be required to bring their own laptop and/or other computing equipment.

In addition to desk space and general research support, Visiting Researchers will have access to the Institute’s extensive network of academic and non-academic collaborators, and will be able to participate in a variety of seminars, workshops, lectures, and other events.

How to apply:

Applications must be made online via the Flexi-Grant system:

You will be required to complete the following sections:

All sections are mandatory.

The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon BST on Wednesday 27 September 2017.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


As part of your application you will be required to provide details of the research you plan to undertake while you are a Visiting Researcher at the Institute. This should include specific milestones and deliverables. All Visiting Researchers will be required to give a short talk during their time at the Institute.

Furthermore, all successful applicants are expected to pursue the translation of their funded project into tangible outputs and impacts. At a minimum, the Institute requires that all Visiting Researchers submit a one-page summary of the work supported by the Institute within four weeks of the project end date.

Any publications, papers, or other outputs are required to recognise the support of the Institute with the inclusion of the line: This research was undertaken with the support of the Alan Turing Institute (EPSRC Grant Number EP/N510129/1).


All proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

Calibre of applicant

  • A proven publication record or demonstrable ability to publish in peer-reviewed academic journals and other high-quality publications;
  • Demonstrable experience of translating research into impact (academic and/or instrumental); and
  • Demonstrable experience of collaborative/partnership working.

Quality of the proposal

  • Research excellence;
  • Innovation and originality;
  • Fit with the Institute’s strategy and current programmes of research;
  • International scope and involvement of internationally-leading researchers;
  • Clarity of the project plan;
  • Clarity of the expected outputs and impacts;
  • Breadth of disciplinary and/or institutional and/or sector reach; and
  • Consideration of ethics.

Value for money

  • Reasonable costs in line with the guidelines set out in this document; and
  • (Potential) leverage brought to the Institute through the research by way of, for example, in-kind contributions, external funding, industry contacts, access to hardware/software/tools/datasets, etc.

Dissemination and impact

  • Timeliness of proposal;
  • Plans for scholarly communication/publication;
  • Plans for engagement with the broader Turing community;
  • Plans for external engagement and outreach with communities beyond the Turing (including non-academic and general public if relevant);
  • Potential pathways to impact that address the Institute’s priority areas; and
  • Creative thinking about addition pathways to impact.


Please note that proposals will be assessed against these criteria first and foremost; however, all being equal the review panel may also consider disciplinary and/or application area(s) to ensure a diverse portfolio.

Should you have any queries please email