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The first cohort of CDT students will start in September 2019, and we are now seeking applications. 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

Approximately 8 studentships are available, covering both maintenance at the research council rate of GBP 15,009 per year and tuition fees. Studentships are available for UK, EU, and non-EU nationals. Applicants must satisfy the university's English language requirements.

Applicants should have an undergraduate or master's degree in computer science, linguistics, cognitive science, AI, or a related discipline. We particularly encourage applications from women, minorities, and members of other groups that are underrepresented in technology.

Frequently asked questions

When is the deadline?
The application deadline for 2019 entry has now passed, and we are unlikely to consider further applications for this year. The deadline for September 2020 entry will be in early December 2019.
Can I email my application materials to you?
We cannot evaluate applications sent over email. Please apply using the instructions below.
How do I apply?
To apply now, use the link below.
Do I need to name a supervisor?
You are encouraged to list a specific supervisor or supervisors if you know who you want to work with, but this is not required. We will match applications to the most likely supervisors based on the content of your research proposal.
I have already applied to the ILCC. Do I need to make a separate application?
If you previously applied to ILCC and would like to be considered for the CDT, please let us know at the email below. You do not need to make a separate application. Please note that the structure of this programme is different from the PhD in ILCC. It includes an additional year of taught work alongside your research.
What start date should I choose?
Please specify a start date of September 2020.
What should I include in my application?
Please include a curriculum vitae at the end of your research proposal. The application portal will require you to provide the proposal, along with transcripts and contacts for two referees.
What should I put in the research proposal?
The research proposal is not binding, but will give us a useful impression of your background, interests and ideas. We understand that you may not have written a proposal before, and that it can be difficult to formulate research plans well in advance of carrying out the work, but we encourage you to think through it carefully and make as clear a case as possible. The proposal is very important in assessing your application, and we will be looking at it for evidence that you have an appropriate background knowledge for the topic area and your own ideas about how research on that topic should best be taken forward. If you have not yet decided on a precise area of study, please tell us about areas relevant to the CDT that you find most interesting and why, in as much detail as possible. The proposal should be 2-4 pages. Further guidance is available from the university.

Please direct inquiries to the PhD admissions team at cdt-nlp-info@inf.ed.ac.uk.

Application Instructions

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