October 21, 2021


Based at the University of Edinburgh: in conjunction with the School of Informatics and School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.


·       Non UK :    26th November 2021
·       UK :           28th January 2022

Applications are now sought for the UKRI CDT in NLP’s penultimate cohort of students, which will start in September 2022.

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The CDT in NLP offers unique, tailored doctoral training comprising both taught courses and a doctoral dissertation over four years. 

Each student will take a set of courses designed to complement their existing expertise and give them an interdisciplinary perspective on NLP.  

The studentships are fully funded for the four years and come with a generous allowance for travel, equipment and research costs.

The CDT brings together researchers in NLP, speech, linguistics, cognitive science, machine learning and design informatics from across the University of Edinburgh.   Students will be supervised by a world-class faculty comprising almost 60 supervisors and will benefit from cutting edge computing and experimental facilities, including a large GPU cluster and eye-tracking, speech, virtual reality and visualisation labs. 

The CDT involves a number of industrial partners, including Amazon, Facebook, Huawei, Microsoft, Naver, Toshiba, and the BBC.  Links also exist with the Alan Turing Institute and the Bayes Centre.

A wide range of research topics fall within the remit of the CDT:

·       Natural language processing and computational linguistics

·       Speech technology

·       Dialogue, multimodal interaction, language and vision

·       Information retrieval and visualization, computational social science

·       Computational models of human cognition and behaviour, including language and speech processing 

·       Human-Computer interaction, design informatics, assistive and educational technology 

·       Psycholinguistics, language acquisition, language evolution, language variation and change

·       Linguistic foundations of language and speech processing.

The next cohort of CDT students will start in September 2022 with applications being invited now.  Around 12 studentships are available, covering maintenance at the UKRI rate (currently £15,609 per year) plus tuition fees.  

Studentships are open to all nationalities and we are particularly keen to receive applications from women, minority groups and members of other groups that are underrepresented in technology.  Applicants in possession of other funding scholarships or industry funding are also welcome to apply – please provide details of your funding source on your application.


Applicants should have an undergraduate or master’s degree in computer science, linguistics, cognitive science, AI, or a related discipline; or have a breadth of relevant experience in industry/academia/public sector, etc.      

Further details, including the application procedure, can be found at: https://edin.ac/cdt-in-nlp

Application Deadlines

Early application is encouraged but completed applications must be received at the latest by:

26th November 2021 (non UK applicants) or 28th January 2022 (UK applicants).


Please direct any enquiries to the CDT admissions team at: cdt-nlp-info@inf.ed.ac.uk.

CDT in NLP Virtual Open Day

Find out more about the programme by attending the PG Virtual Open Week 9th November 2021, 2-3pm.  Click here to register: Computing, Data Science & Informatics | The University of Edinburgh