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UKRI CDT Scholarship in AIMLAC

UKRI CDT Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing (AIMLAC)

AIMLAC aims at forming the next generation of AI innovators across a broad range of STEMM disciplines. The CDT provides advanced multi-disciplinary training in an inclusive, caring and open environment that nurture each individual student to achieve their full potential.

The UKRI CDT in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing provides 4-year, fully funded PhD opportunities across broad research themes:

  • T1: data from large science facilities (particle physics, astronomy, cosmology)
  • T2: biological, health and clinical sciences (medical imaging, electronic health records, bioinformatics)
  • T3: novel mathematical, physical, and computer science approaches (data, hardware, software, algorithms)

Its partner institutions are Swansea University (lead institution), Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, University of Bristol and Cardiff University.

The scholarships are funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Applications are encouraged from candidates from a diverse background that can positively contribute to the future of our society.  

Subject areas: Biological and Health Sciences; Mathematics and Computer Science; Physics and Astronomy.

The Scholarships

Scholarship Start Date: September/October 2021.

Positions are funded for 4 years, including 6-month placements with the external partners. The CDT will recruit 12 positions in 2022.

Training in AI, high-performance computing (HPC) and high-performance data analytics (HPDA) plays an essential role, as does engagement with external partners, which include large international companies, locally based start-ups and SMEs, and government and Research Council partners. Training will be delivered via cohort activities across the partner institutions.

The external partners include: We Predict, ATOS, DSTL, Mobileum, GCHQ, IBM, Microsoft, Quantum Foundry, Dwr Cymru, Amplyfi, DiRAC, Agxio, STFC, NVIDIA, Oracle, QinetiQ, Intel, TWI and many more.

More information, and a description of research projects, can be found at the UKRI CDT in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Advanced Computing website


The typical academic requirement is a minimum of a 2i undergraduate degree in biological and health sciences; mathematics and computer science; physics and astronomy or a relevant discipline.

Candidates should be interested in AI and big data challenges, and in (at least) one of the three research themes. You should have an aptitude and ability in computational thinking and methods (as evidenced by a degree in physics and astronomy, medical science, computer science, or mathematics, for instance) including the ability to write software (or willingness to learn it).

This scholarship is open to UK/home and international candidates.

For more information on eligibility, please visit the UKRI CDT in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Advanced Computing website http://cdt-aimlac.org/


Each scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and a UKRI standard stipend of £15,285 per annum.

Additional funding is available for training, research and conference expenses.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit the CDT website and follow the instructions to apply online.

For general enquiries, please contact Rhian Melita Morris cdt-aimlac@swansea.ac.uk

Please note that you will also need to submit a full PhD application via Aberystwyth University’s online Postgraduate Admissions portal.  To make the course application, visit the relevant Course Page and select the “Apply Now” button to start your application. 


The deadline for applications for the UKRI CDT Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing (AIMLAC) is 12th February 2021.  However, AIMLAC will continue to accept applications until the positions are filled.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Aberystwyth University is one of a number of institutions in the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and has successfully secured funding for PhD scholarships in the arts and humanities. Successful students may benefit from potential supervision and training opportunities available at more than one university within the DTP.

Please note that these awards are only available to UK students and are for new PhD students rather than current PhD students.

Please visit the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership website for further information.



Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

BBSRC grants studentships for research courses in the field of biological sciences. Studentships at Aberystwyth University are currently available for studies leading to the award of MPhil or PhD at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.

Full awards will cover tuition fees and a maintenance allowance set at the Reseach Councils UK level. Fees only awards may also be available and will cover tuition fees.

For further information on application procedures and eligibility please contact the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (ibers@aber.ac.uk) or refer to the BBSRC's website.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Aberystwyth University, and other universities in Wales, are part of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.  

The ESRC provide studentships for students to undertake a year Research Training Masters and a 3 year PhD research programme. Studentships can therefore cover a period of 4 years, subject to satisfactory academic progress. These studentships are offered on a competitive basis. Successful applicants receive a studentship which covers their tuition fees and provides a subsistence allowance. 

ESRC Studentships may be available for PhD courses in the Department of International Politics and the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences. Please contact the relevant academic department for further information. 

Further information is available at the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership website.

ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership General Studentship in Human Geography 2021

The Human Geography pathway of the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP) invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully funded ESRC PhD studentship, available to start in October 2021 at Aberystwyth University, Cardiff University or Swansea University.

We welcome applications for both full- and part-time study. Studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full-time year of a research training master’s degree followed by three years of full-time doctoral study or the part-time equivalent) or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant. Each institution values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community.


These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the chosen university and to discuss their draft application. Information on the research interests of staff at the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University can be found at https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/dges/staff-profiles/listing/group/academic-staff/.   You may also wish to explore opportunities for co-supervision between institutions. A short description of the accredited Human Geography pathway is available on the ESRC Wales DTP website.

The pathway contacts at each university may be able to advise you. They are:


Fully funded Wales DTP studentships are available to both UK and International (including EU and EEA) students. All applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend and payment of tuition fees at the UK research organisation rate. Applicants must satisfy studentship eligibility requirements. For further details, see the UKRI website.

Academic eligibility:

ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent background in the social sciences, holding a first or a strong upper second class Bachelor’s degree; applications from those who hold a relevant research training Masters degree (or have an equivalent background in research training) will also be considered for a ‘+3’ award.


Full-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold either a full-time job, or a permanent part-time job, during the period of their award. Part-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold a full-time job.


The studentship provides the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend. There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

Studentship awards commence in September 2021 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,285 per annum for 2020/21 for full-time students, updated each year) and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

A ‘1+3’ studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), involving the completion of a research training master’ degree in the first year, followed by 3 years’ research funding for a PhD. A ‘+3’ studentship provides funding for the three years of PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

How to Apply

Please submit a full PhD application via Aberystwyth University online Postgraduate Admissions portal. 

To make an application, visit the relevant Course Page at https://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd-arts-dges/ and select the “Apply Now” button to start your application. 

The Postgraduate Admissions Application Portal will ask you to provide us with your personal details, confirm your course selection(s) and upload documents in support of your application (including certificates/transcripts of your qualifications, a CV, two references, and evidence of your English language proficiency id applicable).   Applicants for PhD study should include a copy of their full Research Proposal at the point of application.  Please have you supporting documents saved in PDF format and ready to upload to your online application.

In addition to the documents listed above, applicants for this ESRC PhD studentship should also include a Covering letter addressed Dr Gareth Hoskins. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Aberystwyth University and the chosen pathway; your understanding and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, particularly those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please specify whether you wish to apply on a ‘+3’ or ‘1+3’ basis. Remember also to specify that your application concerns ESRC Wales DTP general studentships and include in your application the name(s) of your prospective supervisor(s).

Further information about the application routes for Cardiff and Swansea University can be found at:


The deadline for applications to be received in order considered for this ESRC PhD studentship is noon on 3 February 2021.

Please note that incomplete applications or applications received after the specified deadline will not be accepted. 

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview; interviews are expected to take place in March 2021. After interview, a final shortlist of applicants will be forwarded to a panel that is convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group and at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases, successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2021.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

EPSRC Research Studentships may be available at the following departments:

The Department of Physics is part of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Diamond Science and Technology. Students will study for a funded MSc at the University of Warwick before embarking on a specific PhD project based at one of the partner universities.

The 4-year Scholarships for a 1-year MSc followed by a 3-year PhD will cover UK/EU tuition fees and a maintenance allowance comparable to the Research Councils UK level (full-awards for UK students only; fees-only awards for EU students).

Please contact the Department of Physics [phys@aber.ac.uk] in the first instance regarding any particular research projects and also visit the CDT's website.

DEFRA Studentships

DEFRA awards studentships for research in the area of agricultural studies. At Aberystwyth studentships are sometimes available for MPhil and PhD courses at the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences.

Please contact the Institute for further information.

Disabled Students Allowance

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are grants to help with the extra costs a student may face because of a disability. Conditions covered include long-term illnesses, mental-health conditions or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Application for DSA can be made after the course application. Please see the Direct Gov website for information: www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/EducationAndTraining/HigherEducation/DG_10034898

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Quotas are usually allocated to departments to distribute to suitable applicants. Although we do not hold any quotas currecntly, the following departments at Aberystwyth have held quotas of NERC awards in the recent past:

Further information about applying for these awards can be obtained from the departments listed above or from the (NERC website).

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Quota STFC research studentships are available for applicants for research degrees (space/planetary physics only) in the Department of Physics. Please refer to the STFC website for more detailed information or contact the Department: phys@aber.ac.uk 

Doctoral Loans

From 1 August 2018, if you’re starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate Doctoral course (such as a PhD) you can apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000. A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan will be available if you don’t already hold a Doctoral degree or higher qualification. If you have a lower level qualification and are ‘topping up’ to a Doctoral degree, you won’t be eligible for the loan, as you can only get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan for a full postgraduate Doctoral course. Postgraduate Doctoral Loans are not based on your household income

How to apply:

Students domiciled in Wales or other countries of the E.U. (excl. the UK) should apply via Student Finance Wales

Students domiciled in England should apply via Student Finance England


Deadlines: Please contact Student Finance Wales or Student Finance England as appropriate.



Please see either Student Finance England (if domiciled in England) or Student Finance Wales  (if domiciled in Wales or any E.U. country (excl. U.K.)).

Further information:

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance England