How to apply to the CDT in NLP


CDT in NLP Virtual Open Days



Application Deadlines

Applications are now welcome for the September 2023 intake. Completed applications must include all supporting documents, where stated, to ensure they are considered for funded studentships.

  • International Fees - CLOSED
  • UK/Home Fees - 27th January 2023.  (Later applications may be considered subject to availability of fully funded studentships.)

Other options Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation


Approximately a dozen fully-funded studentships are available each year, covering both maintenance at the research council rate (stipend currently *£17,668 per year - A/Y: 2022-23) and tuition fees.   The programme starts each September and requires all students to be based in Edinburgh to optimise the cohort benefit.

Applicants who apply to this programme are automatically considered for scholarship opportunities as part of the selection process; there is no separate scholarship application required.

Studentships, although limited, are currently 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 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 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 should 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 must 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 encourage applications from women, minority groups and members of other groups that are underrepresented in technology.

Should you wish to chat with a CDT NLP student to better understand how your interests are represented within the CDT, or School/University, please get in touch with who will signpost you accordingly.

School of Informatics People & Culture

UoE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Student Disability Services

Support for Postgraduate Research Students: 

As a PGR student, much of your work will be independent and self-directed.  However, the Student Disability Service can still offer you support in relation to your 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 are available through the button below.   

For more information specific to applying to the CDT NLP programme , such as what to include in your 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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