About the Enrichment scheme
The Enrichment scheme offers students currently enrolled on a doctoral programme at a UK university the opportunity to join us for up to 12 months at the Turing. Students continue their PhD in conjunction with their current supervisor, while enriching their research and making new collaborations during their time at the Institute.
Enrichment places are offered for 6, 9, or 12 months with a choice of start dates each year. While on placement students are expected to work out of the Turing offices in the British Library. To support relocation and travel costs the award provides either a stipend top-up and/or expenses allowance for eligible students.
Applications for the 2020/21 Enrichment scheme are now closed. Applications for 2021/22 will open in Autumn 2020.
Covid-19 Update: Enrichment scheme start dates postponed
We have taken the decision to postpone the start date for all Enrichment placements for the 2020 academic year. We will be offering the following options to successful candidates:
- January 2021 (for 6 or 9 month placements)
- March 2021 (for 6 month placements)
Please note we have now filled all places for the 2020 academic year and will not be reopening applications for January or March 2021 start dates.
“The opportunity to meet brilliant, helpful and enthusiastic researchers on a daily basis was the greatest thing about being an Enrichment student.”
Abeer ElBahrawy, City, University of London, 2018 Enrichment student.
Why join the Turing?
The Enrichment scheme has been designed to give students undertaking a PhD the opportunity to support and enhance their current research by accessing the facilities and opportunities available at The Alan Turing Institute. Students usually join us in their second or third years to further the work they are undertaking for their research project and support the completion of the PhD.
Enrichment students have the opportunity to find new collaborators for their research project, or to start a collaboration on something related to their field. Upon starting a placement students join a cohort from across the UK, as well as the range of researchers already active at the Turing.
Learn and apply new methodologies
We encourage our Enrichment students to learn new techniques to enrich their research while undertaking their placement. Learning is supported through training events as well as the support of our in-house research software engineering team.
Develop research independence
The Enrichment placement is also an opportunity for doctoral candidates to develop some research independence as they progress in their studies. The inspiration from learning and collaboration may prompt new ideas that can be further developed in the future.
An ethical core
Considering the ethical implications of research is a core part of all the work at the Turing. All Turing students are encouraged to examine the ethical issues in their own projects and discuss them with others. Students are encouraged to engage with the Turing Ethics Committee, as well as contributing to ongoing discussions regarding fairness and transparency through projects such as The Turing Way, our open source guide and gold-standard in developing reproducible data science projects.
Further benefits of the Enrichment scheme include:
- Stipend top up to bring the student’s existing annual stipend in line with Turing stipend (expected maximum £7,000) and/or travel allowance.
- Full induction to the Turing community and access to training throughout the year.
- Ability to apply for an Enrichment conference fund award of up to £400 to present on research undertaken at the Turing.
- Access to a range of events, seminars, reading groups, and workshops delivered by leaders in research, government, and industry – see a selection of what is happening at the Institute on our events pages.
- Opportunities to collaborate on Turing research projects.
- High spec laptop for the duration of your placement and support from our dedicated Research Engineering Team.
- Ability to apply for Turing computing resource including Azure cloud credits.
You can find out more about the support available for our students here.
"The openness of the Turing has provided me with more interesting conversations than I can remember, multiple collaborations, and along the way many new friendships. The diversity of research interests has allowed me to broaden my perspectives and contribute to exciting research in a variety of fields."
Sebastian Flennerhag, University of Manchester, 2018 Enrichment student
Who are we looking for?
There is no typical Turing student. We welcome applications from students who will embrace the opportunity to enrich their own research through the Turing environment. We encourage applications from a broad range of academic disciplines and backgrounds, especially those whose research spans multiple disciplines and applications and aligns with the Institute’s research areas. Students should consider how they would best utilise a placement at the Turing to support their current research and contribute to their PhD work and what they feel they could contribute to our academic and broader community and engage with others. You can see examples of the research our Enrichment students have conducted and what they got out of their placements in our 2019 Yearbook.
Students will remain enrolled at their university while they are based at the Turing in London and must have the support of their supervisor and university to study away.
- Candidates should read the Enrichment scheme informtion on our website including the updated Call Document and FAQs which will be available online when applications open.
- Candidates should discuss the scheme with their supervisor and university department to gain their approval to participate. We recommend candidates share the Guidance Note for Universities with a relevant member of their department.
- Candidates apply directly to the Turing through our application portal. Applications are now closed.
- Applications are reviewed by a panel of researchers from the Institute. Successful candidates will be made offers in early May.
- Students will sign an Enrichment Terms and Conditions and universities will sign a Funding Agreement. Students complete screening process (Full details on the pre-employment screening process can be requested from [email protected].)
The Alan Turing Institute is committed to championing equality, diversity, and inclusion. If you have questions about the Enrichment scheme or require any adjustments to the application process please contact our team on [email protected] or on 0203 862 3345.
For more information about how we process applicant's data please see our transparency notice.