How to apply 

This year all applications should be made directly to the candidate’s chosen university PhD programme. Candidates may choose the department and supervisor most applicable to their project but should consider the research areas of the Turing and supervisors associated with the Institute.

To be considered for a Turing Doctoral Studentship you must submit your application directly to your chosen university. Please contact your university for detailed deadlines; all candidates are encouraged to apply early. Candidates should make it clear in their application and discussions with their potential supervisor that they would like be considered for a Turing studentship. 

Your chosen university will complete an initial assessment of your application and will refer selected candidates to the Institute in early February. If put forward, you will then be invited to attend a further interview at The Alan Turing Institute. Successful candidates will be awarded the Turing studentship. 

Candidates are advised to read the studentship application guidance when preparing their application and to answer any questions

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly. Reasonable adjustments can be made for any candidates with a disability. If you have questions about the studentship or require any adjustments to the application process please contact our team or call us on +44 (0)20 3862 3345


It will not be possible this year to apply directly to the Turing.  

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Our partners

All doctoral studentships are taken in partnership with a university where the student will apply, be registered and supervised. This year the Institute has increased the number of university partners we are working with from 5 to 13 universities. You can see our current partner universities here

Candidates can view a list of current Turing Fellows from 12 of our partner universities on our researcher pages. Fellows from the University of Southampton will join us at a later date to reflect the later time at which they joined the Institute network. Prospective students for the University of Southampton should contact their chosen department expressing an interest in the Turing doctoral studentships.

Studentship eligibility and award criteria

The Institute will look to award studentships across a wide range of disciplines across our 13 university partners. Students will be expected to meet the admissions, progression and training requirements of that department and university.  

Normally students are expected to meet the following criteria*:

  • Candidates must hold or expect to hold a UK first or upper second-class honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a discipline relevant to data science. 
  • Candidates will normally have relevant research experience gained through their Bachelor’s degree, Masters or work experience. 
  • At least two satisfactory academic or relevant work placement/employment references.

*Please check eligibility criteria of your chosen department and university as these may differ slightly.

In line with the Institute’s cross-disciplinary research community, we particularly welcome applications from graduates whose research spans multiple disciplines and applications. Candidates are advised to read the studentship application guidance before applying. 

The studentships are open to home/EU and international students. A limited number of studentships include fully funded international tuition fees or a partial contribution towards international tuition fees.

 All students must meet the following eligibility criteria:  

  • Successful admission to one of our partner universities’ PhD programmes.  
  • Acceptable proof of legal right to study in the UK or ability to satisfy the current requirements of UK Visa and Immigration. 
  • Students must satisfactorily pass the Institute’s security screening process which includes a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  

Full details on the pre-employment screening process can be requested from [email protected]