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Date: 05-Mar-2019
From: Frank Keller <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: PhD, University of Edinburgh, UK
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Edinburgh

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


School of Informatics
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
University of Edinburgh

UK Research and Innovation has recently announced funding for a Centre for Doctoral Training in Natural Language Processing (CDT in NLP) at the University of Edinburgh. This CDT offers unique, tailored research training consisting of taught courses and a doctoral dissertation. Both components run concurrently over four years. Each student will take a set of courses tailored to their research training needs. They will received full funding for four years, plus generous funding for travel, equipment, and research costs.

The CDT brings together researchers in NLP, speech, linguistics, cognitive science, and design informatics from across the University of Edinburgh. Students will be supervised by over 40 world-class faculty (Edinburgh has the most productive NLP group in the world, and will benefit from cutting edge computing and experimental facilities, including a large GPU cluster and eye-tracking, speech, virtual reality, and visualization labs. The CDT involves over 20 industrial partners, including Amazon, Facebook, Huawei, Microsoft, Mozilla, Reuters, Toshiba, and the BBC. Close links also exist with the Alan Turing Institute and the Bayes Centre.

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 should have a strong undergraduate degree in computer science, linguistics, cognitive science, AI, or a related discipline.

Details regarding the CDT training program and the application procedure can be found at:

Please apply by 29 March 2019 to ensure full consideration (though we may be able to consider late applications). Please direct inquiries to the PhD admissions team at

Applications Deadline: 29-Mar-2019

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr Adam Lopez

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