CDT in NLP Programme closed - see below for possible options



CDT in NLP Virtual Open Days



Funding has now completely ended for CDT studentships as the CDT in NLP programme has now reached its maximum capacity of five cohorts of students (2019-2023).

However, the new Centre for Doctoral Training in Designing Responsible NLP  ( has been awarded to the University of Edinburgh, and the first cohort will start in Autumn of 2024.  The official announcement and application portal will be open soon.

Meantime, for possible alternative PGR options - please visit Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation


Approximately a dozen fully-funded studentships were available each year, covering both maintenance at the research council stipend rate (*£18,622 for A/Y: 2023-24) and tuition fees.   The programme commenced each September and required all students to be based in Edinburgh to optimise the cohort benefit.

Applicants who applied to this programme were automatically considered for scholarship opportunities as part of the selection process; there was no separate scholarship application required.

Studentships, although limited, were available for all nationalities.  (Please visit Student Immigration website for guidance on visa status/requirements, including any EU Settlement Scheme eligibility requirements.)

A wide range of research topics fell 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 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.

Entry Requirements

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

Applicants were required to satisfy the programme requirements as indicated in the Degree Finder as well as the University's English language requirements.

Degree Finder

English language requirements

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion:

We particularly encouraged applications from women, minority groups and members of other groups that are underrepresented in technology.

Opportunities existed to chat with a CDT NLP student to better understand how an applicant's interests were represented within the CDT, or School/University, by getting in touch with the CDT Coordinator ( for appropriate signposting.

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UoE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Student Disability Services

Support for Postgraduate Research Students: 

As a PGR student, much of their work was independent and self-directed.  However, the Student Disability Service was available to offer support in relation to studies.  For more details: Student Disability Service

British Sign Language 

The University of Edinburgh has developed a plan for supporting the use of British Sign Language in University activities.  For more details: BSL


Application instructions were available through the button below.   

For more information specific to applying to the CDT NLP programme , such as what to include in an application, how to identify a supervisor,  what does a good research proposal contain, etc, please click on FAQs button below.

Please note: diversity information will be passed on to to our funders, UKRI.  UKRI is gathering this as aggregated data of recruitment rounds/cohorts, not as individual data. Diversity data will not be used to report on individuals or specific universities.  This data is being collected so that UKRI has a better understanding of the students its training provision attracts and supports. The data will be used to analyse general trends in student populations across UKRI.

Please click on the Apply for a Studentship button below but please note that the application portal may not open until late October.


Application instructions

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