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The Alan Turing Institute

PhD at the Turing

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The Alan Turing Institute and the University of Southampton offer a number of places each year to motivated graduate students to complete a fully funded PhD. The Turing doctoral studentship scheme combines the strengths and expertise of world-class universities with the Turing’s unique position as the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, to offer an exceptional PhD programme.

Turing doctoral students spend approximately half of their time based at the Institute headquarters at the British Library in London. They will apply and register for their doctorate at the University of Southampton, where they will spend the remainder of their time.

Students will be supervised by faculty from the University of Southampton who are also Fellows of the Institute or substantively engaged with it.

Submission for applications has now CLOSED.

The Turing PhD 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.

Studying at The Alan Turing 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 and artificial intelligence communities and the world at large.

To support students the Turing offers:

  • a generous tax-free stipend of £20,500 per annum
  • a travel allowance and conference fund
  • tuition fees for a period of 3.5 years

Application deadline: 4 February 2019

Interviews:  26/27 February 2019 at The Alan Turing Institute, London

Duration: 3.5 years full time study

Fees and Stipend: The Turing offers 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.


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 artificial intelligence 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. The Institute is looking for students who will embrace the opportunity to enrich their research and broaden their learning through their time there. To this end, students must be willing to be based for at least half of their study at the Institute headquarters in London.

Applications from a broad range of academic disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged, especially those whose research spans multiple disciplines and applications.

Before applying

If you are interested in applying for a PhD at the Turing you must read the Student Application Guidance.


Students should apply through the University of Southampton. All applications should be made directly to the candidate's chosen department and programme.

In their application, and when choosing a supervisor, they should make it clear that they would like to be considered for the Turing doctoral studentship.

The University of Southampton will complete an initial assessment of your application and will refer selected candidates to the Institute in early February 2019. If successful, you will then be invited to attend an interview on 26/27 February 2019 at The Alan Turing Institute, London.

Applicants are kindly requested to inform Susan Davies (ULM) of their application:


The Alan Turing Institute

For any queries on the recruitment process, please email or call +44 (0)20 3862 3345.

University of Southampton

If you have any general queries, please contact the Turing University Liaison Manager, Susan Davies:

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