PhD Studentships - UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Intelligent Artificial Agents (SOCIAL AI CDT)

Up to 15 Fully funded 4-year PhD scholarships in Computing Science and Psychology with Integrated Study are available for September 2021 entry. The scholarships cover fees and a tax-free stipend at standard Research Council rates, subject to UKRI residency requirements.

Application deadline: 28 February 2021. Interviews will take place in late March/early April 2021.

The SOCIAL AI Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Glasgow offers a fully-funded four-year PhD in Computing Science and Psychology with Integrated Study, aligned with 16 international industry partners, to train the next generation of experts in Artificial Social Intelligence.

SOCIAL AI CDT researchers are aligned to specific project from the beginning of their studies. Details of available projects for 2021/22 intake will be available in full at the end of January 2021. As part of the application process, the cover letter must list three possible research projects. We encourage applicants to wait until the end of January 2021 to see all available projects before submitting their applications.


Benefits of joining the programme

The SOCIAL AI CDT offers a fully funded four-year PhD studentship including:

  • A unique first year training programme, including taught courses and cohort building events
  • A three-year research project supported by a generous conference travel fund and further cohort building and training events
  • Opportunities to enhance research and professional skills through leadership programmes, outreach events, summer schools and student-led workshops
  • Internship opportunities with industry partners in the UK and overseas
  • Diverse future career paths in AI-driven interactive technologies across areas such as healthcare, education, law enforcement, and more

Applicants to the SOCIAL AI CDT select from a list of specialised research projects, developed in tandem with the centre’s industry collaborators and an interdisciplinary research team from across the University of Glasgow.

For more information about the SOCIAL AI programme or to apply, please visit http://social-cdt.org/. A list of available PhD projects will be uploaded to the website in mid-January. Until then, you can see example projects on our project page.


Funding and Eligibility

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK Home applicants and a stipend at the Research Council rate (£15,245 for Session 2020/21). To be classed as a Home applicant, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

There are a limited number of international studentships available to exceptional candidates who do not meet the UK Home status mentioned above. Applicants must have or expect to obtain the equivalent of a 1st or 2:1 degree in any subject relevant to the CDT including, but not limited to, computing science, psychology, linguistics, mathematics, sociology, engineering, physics, etc.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The CDT champions Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, believing that this is the way to increase research productivity and quality and to enhance societal and economic impact. Likewise, the University of Glasgow and our external partners are fully committed to EDI principles.

We offer funding to support applications from under-represented backgrounds, childcare support for conference attendance, flexible working for carers and promote a work-life balance.


How To Apply

Applications must be submitted through the University of Glasgow online application system. Please read through application instructions at https://socialcdt.org/application/. You will be required to submit a cover letter, CV, two references and your transcript/degree certificate, and to select three projects you would like to apply for.


Contact us:

Website: http://socialcdt.org/ 

Email: social-cdt@glasgow.ac.uk 

Twitter: @SOCIAL__AI