About the studentship

The Alan Turing Institute offers a number of places each year to graduate students to complete a PhD through the Institute and one of our university partners. Our doctoral studentship scheme combines the strengths and expertise of our partners with the Turing’s unique position as the UK’s national institute for data science, to offer an exceptional PhD programme.   
Turing doctoral students split their time between their home university and the Institute headquarters at the British Library in London. They will apply and register for their doctorate at one of our university partner institutions, where they will also spend time over the course of their PhD. Students will be supervised by faculty from our partner universities who are also Fellows of the Institute or substantively engaged with us.  

Please note applications for the 2019 Doctoral Studentships are now closed. 

“The lectures, informal talks, seminars, masterclasses and many cups of coffee provide unique moments for researchers from different fields to come together and collectively shape the field of data science. Being a doctoral student here enriches my PhD experience tremendously.”

Corinne Cath, Turing Doctoral Student

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Why Turing?

Our programme offers all the benefits of completing a PhD at a world-class university, as well as a unique opportunity to study in a collaborative research space. Through our studentships, the Institute hopes to further our ambitious goal of training the leaders of the future.

Studying at the Institute offers students a unique opportunity to undertake a data science focused PhD in a multidisciplinary environment where more than 400 researchers from different disciplines work side-by-side. Studentships at the Turing support graduates to enrich their research through interdisciplinary engagement with the wider data science community and the world at large. Students may propose original projects in line with any of the topics core to data science and The Alan Turing Institute's strategic challenges.

To support our students we offer a generous tax-free stipend of £20,500 per annum, a travel allowance and conference fund, and tuition fees for a period of 3.5 years. 
Further benefits of a PhD at the Turing include: 

  • Spend time in both a university research environment and at The Alan Turing Institute. 
  • Access to a range of training, events, seminars, reading groups and workshops delivered by leaders in research, government and industry. 
  • Opportunities to collaborate on real-world projects for societal impact with our current and emerging industry partners. 
  • Expert support and guidance through all stages of the studentship, delivered by supervisors who are Fellows of the Turing or substantively engaged with us.
  • Networking opportunities and access to brilliant minds researching a range of subjects with opportunities to collaborate and join or start interest groups.
  • Supercharge and speed up your research with access to cutting edge IT resources; Azure cloud (with credits), Cray Supercomputer, Intel cluster, EPSRC Funded Tier 2 HPCs, High Spec HP local desktops with GPUs and UK Supercomputers Archer. 

Student successes

Daniel Wilson-Nunn,  Turing Doctoral Student

Daniel was appointed joint lead on a collaborative project with the British Library which aimed to train software to read historical handwritten Arabic manuscripts. With partners from the British Library and PRImA Research Lab, Daniel played an instrumental role in launching a competition as part of the 16th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (ICFHR 2018) held in Niagara Falls, USA. The competition focused on finding an optimal solution for accurately and automatically transcribing historical Arabic scientific manuscripts.

What are we looking for?

There is no standard Turing student. The Institute welcomes highly talented and proactive graduates who are significantly engaged in any of the topics core to data science and who are interested in engaging with the ethos of the Institute.

Participating in The Alan Turing Institute studentship scheme offers the opportunity to collaborate with academics and other students from a broad range of disciplines. We are looking for students who will embrace the opportunity to enrich their research and broaden their learning through their time here. To this end, students must be willing to be based for at least half of their study at the Institute headquarters in London. We encourage applications from a broad range of academic disciplines and backgrounds, especially those whose research spans multiple disciplines and applications. 

Please note applications for the 2019 Doctoral Studentships are now closed. 

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Questions about the Turing Doctoral Scheme can be emailed to: [email protected]