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UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Intelligent Artificial Agents (SOCIAL)

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Intelligent Artificial Agents (SOCIAL)

Fully funded 4-year PhD in Computing Science and Psychology with Integrated Study.

Application deadline: 28 February 2020

Are you interested in exploring the future of human-AI social interaction through a fully-funded programme of doctoral training? The SOCIAL Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Glasgow offers a four-year PhD in Computing Science and Psychology with Integrated Study, aligned with 16 international industry partners, to train the next generation of experts in Artificial Social Intelligence.

Benefits of joining the programme

SOCIAL CDT offers a fully funded four-year PhD studentship including:

  • A unique first year training programme, including taught courses and cohort building events
  • A three-year research project supported by a generous conference travel fund and further cohort building and training events
  • Opportunities to enhance research and professional skills through leadership programmes, outreach events, summer schools and student-led workshops
  • Internship opportunities with industry partners in the UK and overseas
  • Diverse future career paths in AI-driven interactive technologies across areas such as healthcare, education, law enforcement, and more

Applicants to SOCIAL select from a list of specialised research projects, developed in tandem with the centre’s industry collaborators and an interdisciplinary research team from across the University of Glasgow.

For more information about the SOCIAL programme, please visit our website. The list of projects available will be uploaded to the website in mid-January. Until then you can see example projects on our project page.

Funding and eligibility

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK/EU applicants and a stipend at the Research Council rate (£15,245 for Session 2020/21). To be eligible for a fully funded studentship you must be a UK citizen or an EU national who has been resident in the UK for the past three years. Applicants must have or expect to obtain the equivalent of a 1st or 2.1 degree in Computer Science, Psychology, Linguistics, Engineering, Mathematics or a related field.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the University of Glasgow online application system. Please read through application instructions on our website. You will be required to submit a cover letter, CV, two references and your transcript/degree certificate, and to select three projects you would like to apply for.

Please visit our website for further details about the SOCIAL CDT.

For enquires, please email [email protected]


The initial deadline for applications is 28 February 2020. Applications submitted after this period will still be considered, subject to the availability of places.

Interviews will take place at the end of March 2020.

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