Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI studentships

The Centre for Doctoral Training in People-Centred AI provides an enhanced PhD research and training programme in collaboration with industry.

Start date

1 October 2023


3.5 years

Application deadline

Funding source

UKRI and/or University of Surrey

Funding information

​The studentship will provide a stipend at UKRI rates (currently £17,668 for 2022/23) and tuition fees for 3.5 years. An additional bursary of £1,700 per annum for the duration of the studentship will be offered to exceptional candidates.


The Centre for Doctoral Training in People-Centred AI supports interdisciplinary AI research from fundamental theory through to practical application led by research groups across our network of staff.

AI-based machines and systems are performing tasks across an ever-increasing variety of fields, often faster and at a fraction of the cost of their human competition. Far from being limited to manual labour, today’s machines are diagnosing disease, keeping us safe both online and in the physical world, practicing law, and even creating art. Intelligent automation is the future – the economics are too compelling for any other outcome – and the role of research is to capitalise on the myriad opportunities AI offers, to predict and solve challenges along the way, and to ensure future AI systems are fair and explainable.

The University of Surrey leads on both the fundamental artificial intelligence theory – pioneering new machine learning algorithms and the understanding of black box AI systems – and the application of AI for the benefit of society through healthcare, security, education and entertainment.


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Eligibility criteria

Open to any UK or international candidates. Up to 30% of our UKRI funded studentships can be awarded to candidates paying international rate fees. Find out more about eligibility.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the application portal for the PhD programme specified in the individual project advertisements:

In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating:

  • The title of the projects that you wish to apply for (up to 2)
  • The name(s) of the relevant supervisor.

You must upload your full CV and any transcripts of previous academic qualifications.

You should enter ’Faculty Funded Competition’ under funding type.

Studentship FAQs

Read our studentship FAQs to find out more about applying and funding.

Application deadline

Contact details

For informal enquiries, please follow the link to the project that interests you. You will then be able to contact the relevant project supervisor.


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