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 2023. ILCC is dedicated to the pursuit of basic and applied research on computational approaches to language, communication and cognition.

Primary research areas

Primary research areas include:

  • Natural language processing and computational linguistics
  • Machine Translation
  • Speech technology
  • Dialogue, multimodal interaction, language and vision
  • Computational Cognitive Science , including language and speech, decision-making, learning and generalization
  • Social Media and Computational Social Science
  • Human-Computer interaction, design informatics, assistive and  educational technology
  • Information retrieval and visualization


Approximately 10 studentships from a variety of sources are available, covering both maintenance at the research council rate of GBP 17,668 per year and tuition fees. Awards increase every year, typically with inflation. Studentships are available for UK, EU, and non-EU nationals.


Applicants should have a strong undergradudate 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:

How to apply

Details regarding the PhD programme and the application procedure can be found at:

There are TWO DEADLINES for applications to receive full consideration: round 1 is on 25th November 2022 and round 2 is on 27th January 2023.  We strongly recommend that non-UK applicants submit their  applications in round 1, to maximise their chances of funding.  Please direct inquiries to the PhD admissions team at  

Please apply using the online form linked from 

Please note that the 3-year ILCC PhD program is distinct from the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Natural Language Processing, which offers a 4-year PhD with integrated study:

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


Contact the PhD admissions team