Key information

  • Award: £2,000 (fixed amount) 
  • Opening date: 15 November 2021 
  • Closing date: 14 December 2021 
  • Applicants informed if successful: January 2022 
  • Programme starts: March 2022 

Following the established success of the Turing Enrichment scheme for doctoral students, The Alan Turing Institute is pleased to announce the inaugural Post-Doctoral Enrichment Award (PDEA) scheme. The programme offers small awards to facilitate post-doctoral activity throughout the UK with the aim of building the foundations for an engaged post-doctoral community working on topics related to data science and AI. The Turing’s PDEA scheme is designed to provide development opportunities in three key areas: learning new skills, collaboration, and developing research independence. 

What the PDEA offers

The PDEA offers flexible funds to enable researchers to build on their current research, develop and grow activities related to the core aims of the scheme with support from the Turing community: 

  • £2,000 award for activity relating to the core aims of the scheme (see more below). 
  • Active participation in the Turing’s online community for researchers in data science and AI. 
  • Access to training and research showcase events for the Turing community. 
  • Opportunity to apply for additional funding for community building activities and projects. 
  • Opportunity to contribute to the Turing’s growing activity in the national skills and research space. 

The PDEA does not support the following activities: 

  • Funding cannot be used to support salary costs or hardware purchases.  
  • The award does not provide access to The Alan Turing Institute headquarters or a formal position with the Institute. 

Who can apply

We welcome applications from a broad range of academic disciplines and backgrounds, especially those whose research spans multiple disciplines/applications and aligns with the Institute’s research areas. These can include any aspects of AI and data science. To support continued diversity within data science and AI we encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. 

Who we're looking for 

  • Applicants must be able to prove that they will be in a funded post-doctoral position of at least six months total duration in March 2022 at a UK higher education institution or research institution.  
  • Applicants must ensure that their institution agrees to receive the funding to its institutional bank accounts and will not top slice it to cover institutional overheads. 
  • Applications should consider themselves as unestablished in their research career. For more senior post-docs this may also mean they are building their career in a new direction in response to data science/AI innovations. 
  • Applicants must ensure they have permission from any grant holders currently providing project funding to apply for this award. 
  • A commitment to report the outcomes of the award in the form of an informal blog post and a formal summary of research progress at the end of the award. 
  • Must be able to receive the award funding before 31 March 2022. 
  • Account for the use of the awarded funds and complete the reporting process by 1 October 2022. 

How to apply 

Applications must be made through the online application form (Flexi-Grant). Applicants should consider how they would best utilise the PDEA to support their current research and how they can contribute to our academic and broader community and engage with others.