AI and taxation

We seek applications from enthusiastic, self-motivated students for studentships in our new Surrey Institute for People-Centred Artificial Intelligence (AI). Funded doctoral research projects can explore inclusive, fair, and responsible AI in any aspect of taxation, including for tax administration, informed policy-design, taxpayer experiences, enforcement and international tax co-operation. In addition to specialist knowledge in taxation, previous experience in administration, compliance and data science would be highly advantageous.

Start date

1 January 2023


3.5 years

Application deadline

Funding source

University of Surrey

Funding information

A stipend of £17,668 for 2022/23, which will increase each year in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate, plus Home rate fee allowance of £4,595 (with automatic increase to UKRI rate each year). The studentship is offered for 3.5 years. For exceptional international candidates, there is the possibility of obtaining a scholarship to cover overseas fees.


We welcome PhD proposals in the area of AI and taxation.

The use of AI spans across disciplines and taxation is no exception. AI can improve tax administration and also open doors to new avenues for tax policy. We are currently in the early stages of AI implementation in the tax field. Use of AI to develop, analyse, interpret, and enforce tax rules brings both opportunities and risks. It must be guided by ethical frameworks and prioritise fundamental public values such as privacy and security of financial data. Application of AI holds promise for greater efficiency in dispute resolution, compliance, and administration, but must ensure fair treatment of taxpayers.

We welcome research enquiries concerning the implications of AI in any aspect of taxation, including, tax administration, international tax co-operation, tax dispute resolution, tax compliance, tax planning, tax data visualisation, fraud detection and tax policy design just to name a few.

Eligibility criteria

This studentship is open to UK and international candidates. All applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first-class degree in Law and/or Public Policy or other related disciplines or MSc with Distinction (or 70% average) and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field. Additional experience which is relevant to the area of research is also advantageous.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing, or equivalent.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Vision, Speech and Signal Processing PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.

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Contact details

Benita Rose Mathew

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