PhD at the Turing

Posted on 7th December 2018

Each year, the Turing will be working with the University of Oxford to recruit highly motivated and talented individuals to embark on a career in data science and artificial intelligence.

About the studentship

The Alan Turing Institute and the University of Oxford offer a number of places each year to motivated graduate students to complete a fully funded PhD (known as a DPhil at Oxford). 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 Oxford, where they will spend the remainder of their time. Students will be supervised by faculty from the University of Oxford who are also Fellows of the Institute or substantively engaged with it.

Why apply?

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, and tuition fees for a period of 3.5 years.

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 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.

How to apply

Once a Turing Fellow has been identified as a supervisor, students should apply through the University of Oxford. All applications should be made directly to the candidate’s chosen department and programme. In their application,  they should make it clear that they would like to be considered for the Turing doctoral studentship. The University of Oxford will complete an initial assessment of your application and will refer selected candidates to the Turing in February 2019. If successful, you will then be invited to attend a further interview at The Alan Turing Institute.

Before applying please contact the relevant department for more information. You can read more about the studentships at

Application Timeline
January 2019 – Deadline for applications. Please check the exact date with your preferred department
Early-February 2019 – Panel discussion of candidates
Mid-February 2019 – Selected candidates nominated to Turing
March 2019 – Offers of Oxford DPhils made
October 2019 – DPhils commence