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ApplyUp to 18 Fully Funded 4 Year AI and Engineering PhDs

Applying for a MINDS CDT Studentship

Applications for 2021 entry will open in October 2020

If you are interested in starting a PhD in 2021, then do consider being part of our 4 year iPhD training programme.  When you apply, we expect you to write a 2,000 word research statement that explains: (i) what you're interested in; (ii) why it is exciting for you; and (iii) what you have read about it. Your research statement could focus more in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, or more on Electronics for AI or Engineering applications of AI. We use these research statements as part of our selection process to get an understanding of what your interests are and how you express your ideas in writing. The research statement does not commit you to a specific research project; we work with you during the first few months to help you select and shape the right research project for you. Please read through the sections below for detailed application requirements. 

The MINDS CDT is strongly committed to an enviroment that supports and encourages under-representated groups, promotes an inclusive culture and value diversity.

How to Apply

Applications for September 2020 entry are now closed.

Candidates who apply must provide a research proposal to support their application regardless of whether they are applying for general entry to the CDT or for a specific project that has been advertised. Applications without a research proposal will not be considered. All complete applications are shortlisted against rigorous quality criteria, and all shortlisted applicanbts are interviewed as part of the selection process.  


The MINDS CDT accepts applications from those who wish to receive a funded scholarship, those who already have a funded scholarship from another source, or self-paying applicants (proof of funds will be required).

Our funded scholars receive enhanced stipends, £3,000 above the UKRI National Minimum Doctoral stipend.  2020/2021 stipend £18,285. 

Please note that the funding available will normally support Home/EU students with standard research council restrictions. EU students are only eligible for a full studentship if they have lived, worked or studied within the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing. We will consider applications from exceptional candidates not meeting these criteria according to the EPSRC rules on flexibility. More information can be found on the EPSRC Website.

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. Click here for information on this and other accepted English language tests.

Contact Details

For any queries with regards to the application process please contact: 


For general enquiries about the CDT, please contact: