Applicants should hold/be predicted a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) or Master’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, physics or a cognate subject area.
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and actively encourage applications from groups that are underrepresented in our CDT. Please see our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement.
English language requirements
Applicants must also meet the English language requirements at the Universities where they wish to study: please check the respective webpages at Lincoln, Cambridge and East Anglia for further details.
Your personal information
The University of Lincoln collects personal information about you when you make an enquiry about or apply for the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) programme. For more information regarding what information we collect and how it is used, please follow this link.
Studentship and funding
How many studentships are available each year?
Typically 10 studentships are available per annum.
Is funding available?
Yes, each eligible student will receive a scholarship of at least £15,609 per annum plus their tuition fees paid for the duration of the 4 year programme. Students will further benefit from participation in summer schools and the annual CDT conference, as well as the associated training programme. Additional funds are available within the CDT to support students in outreach, dissemination and public engagement activities, plus a student-run seminar series.
Who is eligible for funding?
Please make sure to check the eligibility criteria before you apply. Normally, a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. Although most CDT students must be UK residents, we also have a limited number of opportunities for other students, so please do consider applying even if you do not meet all of the EPSRC eligibility criteria.
Students in the UK and the consequences of Brexit
The UKRI has confirmed that international students (EU and non-EU) will be eligible for all Research Council-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year.
Each Research Council DTP or CDT within the UKRI will be able to offer a limited number of studentships to international students; funding will cover fees at the UK rate, and a stipend to support living costs. UKRI funding will not cover international fees but universities will be given the flexibility to meet the fee difference through other sources.
Please note that EU, EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights (under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively), and Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland (whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement), will continue to be treated as Home students for the purposes of Research Council funding through the DTPs and CDTs.
As part of our equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy, we need to monitor the diversity of our applicants. These data will be treated in complete confidence and will be removed from the application form prior to the selection process.
We ask that you please disclose the following information: your age, your gender, your ethnicity, any disability, your religion.
The data will be used to monitor and analyse recruitment profiles, helping the University to identify any trends, and continue to tackle equality and diversity issues more effectively. This information will be held in accordance with the provisions laid down in the relevant data protection legislation. For further information please see the University of Lincoln’s Privacy Notice.
As part of our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, any identifying information and the requested diversity monitoring information will be removed prior to the short-listing process.
Applications will be assessed by the university specified on the application form as the preferred choice for PhD level study. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview at the selected university.
If your application is unsuccessful with your preferred university, we will send your application to your next choice, if possible, until all institutions have had the opportunity to consider your application.
Successful candidates will then be asked to apply for the relevant programmes at the partner universities, including Lincoln’s MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems as Year 1 of the studentship, and the PhD programme of the selected university for Years 2 to 4 of the studentship.
The University of Lincoln
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