PhD Enrichment Scheme


The Turing is seeking to attract doctoral students, normally in their second or third year of study to spend an ‘enrichment’ year at the Turing commencing in October 2017. ‘Enrichment’ students, whilst continuing to work towards their PhD, will benefit from the multidisciplinary research environment and training opportunities the Turing can offer.

Why study at The Alan Turing Institute

Studying at The Alan Turing Institute offers students a unique opportunity to undertake research in a multidisciplinary environment; we bring researchers in mathematics and theoretical computer science, statistics and machine learning, algorithm for data analytics and distributed computing, computational social science and data ethics, and industry partners, to work together in an open and collaborative environment under a shared goal to generate world-class research in data science.

Our researchers are motivated by driving impact, both through theoretical development and application to real-world problems. In our first year we have identified six priority sectors to focus our translational research: Data Centric Engineering, Defence and Security, Smart Cities, Culture & Media, Financial Services, and Health & Wellbeing, and have attracted major funders including Intel, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, GCHQ 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 our 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. Students will also have access to Turing-led training in topics central to data science. The Masterclass schedule for 2016 demonstrates the range of topics which may be covered.

In addition, the Institute runs a wide range of other activities including transferable skills training covering topics such as entrepreneurship, leadership, intellectual property and careers events. Turing lectures given by field leaders in research, government and industry, seminars, reading groups and workshops also form part of the Turing’s stimulating programme of activities.


2017 Award details

  • Duration: 1 year (full-time)
  • Start date: September/October 2017 (exact date to be confirmed)
  • Stipend: top-up to bring the student’s existing annual stipend in line with the £20,500 Turing stipend (to a maximum of £6,200)
  • Travel allowance: up to £2,000 (to cover travel expenses for meetings with the supervisor at the home university).
  • Location: The Alan Turing Institute, London


At least 15 PhD enrichment scheme places will be available for October 2017 entry and are open to home/EU and international students studying towards their PhD at a UK university.

Enrichment scheme eligibility and criteria

Enrichment Scheme eligibility

The Institute welcomes highly talented and motivated postgraduates 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

·       Applications of Data Science

·       Architectures

·       Culture and Media

·       Data-Centric Engineering

·       Defence, Privacy and Security

·       Digital Humanities

·       Distributed Systems

·       Ethics for Data Science

·       Financial Services



·       Logic

·       Machine Learning

·       Networks

·       Numerical Methods and Optimization

·       Pure and Applied Mathematics

·       Smart Cities

·       Social Data Science

·       Statistical Methodology

·       Statistical Theory

·       Systems

PhD enrichment scheme criteria:

  • Students must be registered on a doctoral programme at a UK university. Students will remain enrolled at their university while they are based full-time at the Turing Institute in London. This is not an additional year of study.
  • Students should normally be in their second or third year of study, and not writing up their thesis.
  • Students’ research should align with the strategic aims of the Turing and the topics listed above; consideration will be given to the distribution of applicants across these topics.
  • Students must hold a UK first or upper second class honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a discipline relevant to data science.
  • Students will normally have relevant research experience gained through their Bachelor’s degree course, a Masters or work experience
  • Students must be supported by either a Turing Faculty Fellow, or a supervisor who will commit to being substantively engaged with the Turing. Supervisors are expected to visit their students at the Turing at least once a month. Limited support for travel and subsistence for supervision visits to the Turing may be available. Students will be expected to continue working with their supervisor towards their PhD thesis, with the opportunity to collaborate with others at the Turing.
  • In addition, applications should be supported by one satisfactory academic or relevant work placement/employment reference.
  • Students must provide written proof of permission from their university to study away for a year. This is required at the point of application.
  • 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 satisfactorily pass the Institute’s security screening process.
  • Diversity and equality are promoted in all aspects of the Institute. In keeping with the principles of the Institute, we especially encourage applications from female researchers.

How to apply for a Turing enrichment place


  1. Overview: An overview of the application process can be found here. All candidates should read this document before making an application and make a note of the key dates.
  2. Confirm Supervisor and department support: Students must have the permission of their university to study away for up to one year and the full support of their supervisor.
  3. Make an enrichment scheme application: Candidates should use the Turing’s online application system and submit their application no later than 12 noon GMT Wednesday 22 February 2017. Applications received after this time will not normally be accepted.
  4. 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. To formally invite this individual, candidates will need to upload their supervisor details on to their application form where they will be able to send an invite via the system to enable the supervisor to complete their section of the application. The supervisor will need to testify to the candidate’s academic ability, detail how the candidate would benefit from the ‘enrichment’ year and commit to visiting the student at the Turing at least once per month.
  5. Letter of reference: Candidates are also asked to invite an individual (not their primary supervisor) to provide a letter of reference. To formally invite this individual, candidates will need to upload their referee details on to their application form where they will be able to send an invite via the system to enable the referee to upload their reference on to your application.
  6. Submit completed application: Once the supervisor has completed their letter of support online, the reference has been uploaded and all other sections have been completed, the candidate will then be able to submit their completed application form.


Turing PhD Enrichment Scheme Application deadline: 12 noon GMT Wednesday 22 February 2017

Applications will be reviewed and selected by a panel and we expect offers to be made by the end of March 2017


  1. Invite to presentation day 26 April 2017: Successful candidates and their supervisors will be invited to a presentation day where candidates will be asked to present their research (details will be sent to successful applicants) to Turing staff, researchers and the other successful candidates. They will also be an opportunity to hear more about Turing projects.



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