Enrichment Scheme

Applications are now closed.

We invite highly motivated, talented and proactive postgraduates to apply for a 6, 9 or 12 month placement on our flagship Enrichment Scheme. In line with the Institute’s cross-disciplinary research community, we particularly welcome applications from graduates whose research spans multiple disciplines and applications.

The Enrichment Scheme offers students, currently enrolled on a doctoral programme, the opportunity to join us for up to 12 months to boost their skills, grow their network and work alongside Turing researchers. At the Turing, students will have access to the strengths and expertise of our industry partners and our unique convening power as the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. It is an opportunity to foster and develop exciting interdisciplinary engagement with the wider data science community and the world at large.

Our mission is to make great leaps in data science research in order to change the world for the better. Our goals are to undertake world-class research in data science, apply its research to real world problems, drive economic impact and societal good, lead the training of a new generation of data scientists, and shape the public conversation around data.

Enrichment students will have access to a range of exceptional benefits unique to the Institute:

  • Expert-led training in research disciplines central to data science
  • Access to a range of 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
  • Access to brilliant minds researching a range of subjects with opportunities to collaborate and join or start interest groups
  • Networking opportunities through the Institute, university and strategic partners
  • 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
  • Bespoke HQ designed for optimal study and inter disciplinary collaborations

2018 Award details

  • Available to students who have successfully completed their first year of a PhD at a UK university
  • Duration: 6, 9 or 12 month full-time placement
  • Start date: October 2018 or January 2019
  • Stipend: top-up to bring the student’s existing annual stipend in line with the £20,500 Turing stipend (maximum £5,700)*
  • Travel allowance: up to £2,000* to visit your home university from your usual place of residence to meet with your supervisor (cannot be used for regular commuting to the Turing)

*Figures represent a 12 month placement. Values for shorter placements will be calculated proportionally.

Application deadline: 12:00 GMT Monday 19 February 2018

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Why Turing?

Studying at The Alan Turing Institute offers students a unique opportunity to enhance their research for up to a year in a multidisciplinary environment where more than 150 researchers from different disciplines’ core to data science work side-by-side to solve problems, generate ideas and transform research into real-world impact.

Our researchers are motivated by driving impact, both through theoretical development and application to real-world problems. In our first year we have identified the following priority sectors to focus our translational research: applications of data science, culture & media, data-centric engineering, data driven security, digital humanities, economic data science, health & wellbeing, government and smart cities. We have attracted major funders including Intel, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, GCHQ and MOD and HSBC to work with us as strategic partners to advance research in these areas.

Students will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with Turing Fellows on a wide-range of multidisciplinary and applied research projects. In consultation with their supervisor, students will normally be expected to spend a proportion of their time working on a Turing project that is synergistic and additive to their own PhD.

The Institute welcomes students who are significantly engaged in any of the following academic disciplines core to data science, especially those whose research spans multiple disciplines and applications:

  • Algorithms
  • Applied mathematics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer systems & architectures
  • Data science for digital humanities, culture, and heritage
  • Machine learning
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Natural language processing
  • Optimisation
  • Privacy and trust
  • Programming languages for data science
  • Theoretical mathematics
  • Social data science
  • Statistical methodology
  • Statistical theory

Studentship award criteria 

Student criteria 

  • UK and international students are invited to apply. Students must be registered on a doctoral programme at a UK university. Students in receipt of an enrichment scheme placement will need to provide acceptable proof of legal right to study in the UK and satisfy the current requirements of UK Visa and Immigration, and pass the Institute’s security screening process.
  • Students will remain enrolled at their university while they are based full-time at the Turing. Student’s should have completed their first year of study and not be in the process of writing up their thesis. This is not an additional year of study. Students must provide written proof of permission at the point of application from their university to study away for the duration of the award.
  • Students must hold a UK first or upper second class honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a topic relevant to the disciplines and applications listed above.
  • Students will normally have relevant research experience gained through their Bachelor’s, Master’s or work experience.
  • Students’ research should align with the strategic aims of the Turing and some of the disciplines and applications listed above; consideration will be given to the distribution of applicants across these topics when allocating placements.
  • Students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme. Your supervisor may submit a supportive letter which can be uploaded with your application.
  • Applications should be supported by an academic or relevant work placement/employment reference.

Supervisor criteria

  • Students will be expected to continue working with their supervisor towards the completion of their PhD. The enrichment placement provides additional opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at the Turing.
  • Supervisors are expected to commit to sufficient supervisory and visitation arrangements with the student. Limited support for travel and subsistence may be available for supervisors visiting their student at the Turing.
  • Students must be supported by either a Turing Fellow, Research Fellow or a member of a university partner who will commit to being substantively engaged with the Turing. This will need to be confirmed by the supervisor at the review stage.

Refer to the FAQs for full details regarding the recruitment process.

How to apply

Application process

OverviewAccess the overview of the application process. All candidates should read this document before making an application and make a note of key dates.

  1. Confirm supervisor and department support: students must have the permission from their university to study away for up to one year and full support from their supervisor.
  2. Letter of support from supervisor: Candidates are asked to invite their primary supervisor to provide a letter of support on the suitability of the candidate. Candidates can do this by entering their supervisor’s details into the application system which will send the supervisor a link to upload the letter directly. The supervisor will need to testify to the candidate’s academic ability, detail how the candidate would benefit from the enrichment placement and commit to visiting the student at the Turing at least once per month.
  3. Letter of reference: candidates are asked to invite an individual (not their primary supervisor) to provide a letter of reference. Ensure you have permission from your referee first. Candidates can then enter their referee’s details into the application system which will send the referee a link to upload the reference directly.
  4. Submit completed application: once the supervisor has completed their letter of support on the system, the reference has been uploaded and all other sections have been completed, the candidate will then be able to submit their completed application form.

Invitation to Enrichment Welcome Day – Tuesday 24 April 2018

Successful candidates and their supervisors will be invited to an Enrichment Welcome Day where candidates will be invited to present their research to Turing staff, researchers and fellow candidates.

Applications will be reviewed and offers made by the end of April 2018

At least 15 PhD enrichment scheme places will be available for October 2018/January 2019 entry.

Refer to the FAQs for full details regarding the recruitment process.


Application deadline: 12:00 GMT Monday 19 February 2018

Please note all offers are subject to continuous eligibility to study in the UK and satisfactory security screening which includes a DBS Check. Full details of the screening process can be requested from HR@turing.ac.uk.

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone treated fairly.  In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from those who meet the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can be made for candidates with a disability.

Testimonials and contact

“It has been fantastic to be based at Turing. What makes being here special is having ready access to many bright minds, being able to have stimulating conversations over lunch and having someone at hand to talk over any tricky problem that needs solving. I am thrilled to be involved at the beginning of something I believe is going to have a positive impact on our society.”

Chanuki Seresinhe, Turing Enrichment Student 2016 – 2017

“The enrichment scheme at the Turing has been intellectually refreshing and stimulating. While I find the daily interaction with Turing researchers the most valuable experience; I have also greatly benefited from weekly reading groups, seminars, masterclasses and meet-ups. The Turing space has been designed to be collaborative and everyone is approachable and keen to talk about their research. There is always an opportunity to find someone to collaborate with in terms of learning about a new topic or tackling a new research question.”

Rodrigo Mendoza-Smith, Turing Enrichment Student 2016 – 2017

Contact us

Queries regarding the enrichment scheme and application process can be directed to: doctoral-scheme@turing.ac.uk