About the Enrichment scheme
Now entering its sixth year, the Turing 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 in London. In addition, this year students can choose to base their Enrichment placement at one of two Turing university partners: the Jean Golding Institute in Bristol or the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics. Students continue their PhD in conjunction with their current supervisor, while enriching their research and making new collaborations during their time spent on the scheme.
Enrichment places are offered for 6, 9, or 12 months (part-time or full-time) with a choice of three different start dates. While on placement students are expected to work out of the Turing offices in the British Library, the Jean Golding Institute at the University of Bristol or the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics at the University of Leeds. To support relocation and travel costs the award provides either a stipend top-up and/or expenses allowance for eligible students.
“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 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.
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 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 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:
- Stipend top up to bring the student’s existing annual stipend in line with Turing stipend (expected maximum £6,700 in London and £5,200 in Bristol and Leeds) 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 while on the scheme.
- 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?
Applications for 2021 have now closed, but you can still think about applying next year in 2022. To help students find out if the scheme is right for them we recently ran an information session which you can now watch on our YouTube channel.
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 placement 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 yearbooks from our 2018/19 and 2019/20 cohorts.
Students will remain enrolled at their university while they are based in London, Bristol or Leeds and must have the support of their supervisor and university to study away.
- 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. Please note applications are now closed for 2021.
- Applications are reviewed by a panel of researchers from the Institute. Successful candidates are usually made offers in 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 3360.
For more information about how we process applicants' data please see our transparency notice.