PhD Studentships in Computational Linguistics, Speech Technology and Cognitive Science

The Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) at the University of Edinburgh invites applications for three-year PhD studentships starting in September 2019.

ILCC is dedicated to the pursuit of basic and applied research on computational approaches to language, communication and cognition.

Primary research areas

  • 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 behavior, 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


Approximately 15 studentships from a variety of sources are available, covering both maintenance at the research council rate of GBP 14,777 per year and tuition fees.


Studentships are available for UK, EU, and non-EU nationals.

Applicants should have a good honours degree or equivalent in computer science, cognitive science, AI, or a related discipline.

For a list of academic staff at ILCC with research areas, and for a list of indicative PhD topics, please consult the links below.

Academic & senior research staff at ILCC

Possible PhD topics in ILCC

About the PhD programme

Details regarding the PhD programme and the application procedure can be found on the Informatics website.

More about PhD programmes

How to apply

In order to ensure full consideration for funding, applications (including all supporting documents) need to be received by 10 December 2018.

Please direct inquiries to the PhD admissions team via the link below.

Contact the PhD admissions team