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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 2022.

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 2022.  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 2022

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start in October 2022.

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.  In line with our commitment to supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and to increase recruitment of currently underrepresented groups, applications from Black British, Asian British, minority ethnicity British and mixed race British candidates are particularly encouraged and welcomed.  We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters 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.

Those interested should contact Dr Gareth Hoskins, Director of Postgraduate Studies at Department of Geography and Earth Sciences on tgh@aber.ac.uk, or discuss ideas with potential supervisors directly.

Applications welcomed by 12:00 noon GMT on  4th February 2022.

Further details for ESRC Wales DTP General studentships:

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 University and to discuss their draft application. Information on the research interests of our staff can be found on the Geography department’s webpages here:



Short descriptions of each accredited pathway are available on the ESRC Wales DTP website.

What will the studentship cover? 

Studentship Awards commence in October 2022 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,609 p.a. for 2021/22 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2022 onwards.  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.


ESRC studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award.  Wales DTP studentships are available to both home 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 web site.  Successful international student applicants will receive a fully-funded Wales DTP studentship and will not be charged the fees difference between the UK and international rate.

1+3 or +3?

With the exception of studentships in the Economics pathway, awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).


The closing deadline for applications is 12.00pm GMT on Friday 4th February 2022. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in late February/early March 2022. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases successful applicants can expect to hear by early April 2022.

How to apply

A completed application form for admission to doctoral study in Aberystwyth University submitted to the postgraduate admissions application portal by the deadline of 12.00 noon GMT on 4 February 2022.


Incomplete Applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.

The application must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter: Please address to Dr Gareth Hoskins. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Aberystwyth University, and the Human Geography pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify which pathway you will be applying to and whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis. 
  2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (see institutional entry requirements).
  3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.
  4. Curriculum Vitae: It should be no longer than two pages 
  5. Research Proposal: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
    • Title, aims and purpose of the research
    • Brief overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
    • Proposed design/methods
    • Academic contributions of your research
    • Bibliographic References.

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.

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

UK Food Systems-CDT Studentships

UK Food Systems-CDT Studentships

Aberystwyth University is a member in the UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (UKFS-CDT). This will train over 65 doctoral students from 2021-2027. The UKFS-CDT will create cohorts of future food systems leaders and innovators who can lead the UK towards a resilient, healthy and inclusive food future. 

Research will be fundamentally interdisciplinary and combine natural sciences and social sciences approaches, and methods. All students will work with food systems stakeholders in their studies. Research can encompass (but is not limited to) the following topics:

  • Environmental sustainability, climate change (Healthy Environment)
  • Food production, distribution, manufacturing and waste (Healthy Economy)
  • Food Environment, Consumer Behaviour, Diets, Nutrition and Health (Healthy People)
  • Food System Governance and Resilience (Healthy Society)
  • Livestock health and welfare (Healthy Animals)

The UKFS-CDT brings together the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich (lead institution), University College London, Royal Veterinary College, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University, Centre for Food Policy at City University, University of Sussex, and Brunel University London; and two leading agricultural research institutes, NIAB EMR and Rothamsted Research, plus over 50 partners from business, government and civil society. We offer over 350 potential supervisors to support interdisciplinary food systems training in collaboration with the UK Food Systems Academy (more details at www.foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk).

Understanding that food system challenges are complex, UKFS-CDT values equality, diversity, inclusion and justice.  The UKFS-CDT encourage individuals who have had career breaks due to, for example, caring responsibilities, work in relevant sectors, or a change in disciplines or career paths to apply.

UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (UKFS-CDT) Opportunities 2021

The UKFS-CDT will provide 15+ fully funded UKRI 4-year doctoral studentships, and interdisciplinary food systems training, for applicants seeking to commence PhD study in September 2021.

Further Information

Further information about the UKFS-CDT, and the opportunities available, can be found at www.foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk

How to Apply

To apply for a UKFS-CDT studentship, please visit www.foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk and follow the instructions online. 

For general enquiries, please contact info@foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk.


Applications for 2021 should be made via www.foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk, and close at 11.59 on 15 February 2021. 

James Pantyfedwen Foundation Grants

The James Pantyfedwen Foundation distributes grants to postgraduate students from Wales studying for a Masters or PhD award. Grants will be offered towards the payment of tuition fees only, up to a maximum of £5,000 in each case.

The closing date for any applications for the 2021-22 academic year is the end of June 2021. Details and application forms can be downloaded from the James Pantyfedwen website on www.jamespantyfedwen.cymru.