About the Enrichment scheme
Applications for the seventh Enrichment cohort starting in Autumn 2022 are now closed. For full details of the 2022-23 scheme, please see below.
For information on how to prepare a competitive Enrichment application, please watch the recording of the application session from the 25 January. You can also view the slides used in the session.
For further information on the scheme, awards and eligibility criteria, please watch the recording of the information session from the 17 January.
Changes for 2022 Enrichment
We are pleased to announce that for the 2022-23 academic year we will offer two available awards: the Enrichment Community Award and the Enrichment Placement Award.
Enrichment Community Award
The Community Award will provide access to the Turing’s online community and resources, as well as a flexible grant to undertake research activity.
Up to 50 awards of £1,500 will be offered that will become active in October 2022.
Enrichment Placement Award
The Placement Award offers candidates the opportunity to undertake a 6- or 9-month placement at the Turing HQ in London. This award carries an expectation that holders will engage in person at the office for a minimum of 3 days/week. All Placement Award holders will join our online network and will also automatically receive a Community Award.
Up to 40 awards will be offered and will become active in October 2022 or January 2023 at the candidate’s choice. The award will provide a stipend uplift of £450 per month to facilitate relocating or commuting to the Turing HQ.
Although the primary location for Placement Awards will be the Institute HQ in London, it will be possible for placements to be undertaken (in whole or part) at two of the Turing’s university partners: The Jean Golding Institute at the University of Bristol or the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics at the University of Leeds. Please see the FAQs for more information.
“The Enrichment scheme has provided me with new connections and opportunities to diversify my skillset through courses and working on other projects; this has benefitted my PhD as well as my future career."
Rebecca Green, King's College London, 2021 Enrichment student.
Why join the scheme?
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 and its partners. Students usually join us in their second or third years of a typical doctorate to further the work they are undertaking for their research project and support the completion of the PhD.
Collaborate and network
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 in London, Bristol, or Leeds.
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 scheme 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 Enrichment 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:
- A £1,500 award to be used flexibly by the student to enrich and support their doctoral studies and for Placement Award students a £450/month financial award to support relocation or commuting expenses.
- Full induction to the Turing community and access to training throughout the year.
- 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 access to the Turing offices in the British Library (Placement Awards only)
- Ability to apply for Turing computing resource including Azure cloud credits and support from our dedicated Research Engineering Group.
You can find out more about the support available for our students here.
"The multiplicity of research topics at the Turing really broadened my perspective and inspired me to contribute to exciting research in different fields."
Jin Wang, University of Exeter, 2019 Enrichment student
Who are we looking for?
There is no typical Enrichment 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 the Enrichment scheme to support their current research and contribute to their doctoral work. You can see examples of the research our Enrichment students have conducted and what they got out of their placements in our yearbooks from our 2018/19 and 2019/20 cohorts.
Students will remain enrolled at their university during the Enrichment scheme and must have the support of their supervisor and university.
- Candidates should read the Enrichment scheme information on our website including the updated Call Document and FAQs.
- 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 and the Supervisor Information with their supervisors.
- Candidates apply directly to the Turing through our application portal.
- Applications are reviewed under the supervision of the Skills team. Successful candidates are usually made offers in May.
- Students will sign an Enrichment Terms and Conditions and universities will sign a Funding Agreement. Placement students complete a screening process (Full details on the pre-employment screening process can be requested from [email protected]).
Applications for the 2022 Enrichment scheme close on 23 February 2022 12pm (noon) GMT.
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 3578.
For more information about how we process applicants' data please see our transparency notice.