The University of Southampton

Applying for a MINDS CDT Studentship

Applications for 2022 entry are now open

If you are creative, innovative, with good attention to detail, able to work with diverse people and communities to understand their particular needs, and are enthusiastic about working at the Artificial Intelligence and Electronics interface to develop systems with beneficial human impact, then we would like to hear from you.

Deadline: Friday March 04 2022

Webinar: To be Confirmed

Interviews to take place week commencing 21 March 2022.

How to apply

We are keen to know what topic you’d like to focus your research on. So, as a part of your application, we would like to you write a 2000 word research outline telling us (i) what you're interested in; (ii) why it is exciting for you; and (iii) what you have already read about it. Your research idea could focus more on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, or on Electronics for AI or Engineering applications of AI.  In your 2000-word research outline we will be looking for your excitement for your chosen topic, your enthusiasm for the opportunity to research at the MINDS CDT and your ability to communicate your ideas clearly. Your chosen topic should be within the scope of one or more of our research themes. Once you start your course, we and will work with you to develop your ideas further.

You can complete the application form here


As a fully-funded MINDS PhD student, you will receive an enhanced tax-free stipend £3,000 above the UKRI National Minimum Doctoral stipend. Thanks to a £100M investment from UK Research and Innovation the MINDS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) can now provide fully-funded studentships for approximately 12 applicants per year. For 2022/2023 Entry the stipend is estimated to be £18,840, and this increases each year with inflation.

We are also happy to accept an application from you if you already have a funded scholarship from another source or are able to self-fund (proof of funds will be required).

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from future experts who have, or expect to shortly have, a very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent), in computer science, electronics, or other closely related subject such as mathematics or physics. Academic attainment is only one of our criteria for selection; we equally value excitement for research, enthusiasm for the research focus of the CDT and the ability to communicate ideas.

EU and Overseas applicants should achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each competency.

Further help

If you’d like to ask any questions before applying, please Email: We can also arrange for a phone/zoom call from a current student who can tell you more about PhDs at ECS.