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UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Speech and Language Technologies and Their Applications

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Speech and Language Technologies and Their Applications

Up to ten fully-funded 4-year PhD studentships for research in Speech and Language Technologies and their Applications, commencing in September 2019.

The doctoral training centre, hosted within the Department of Computer Science, at the University of Sheffield, will be a world-leading hub for training scientists and engineers in speech and language technologies (SLT) – two core areas within artificial intelligence (AI) which are experiencing unprecedented growth and will continue to do so over the next decade.

CDT Students will be part of a vibrant centre for cutting edge research.

Our training programme is unlike any other PhD programme. In addition to the Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), you will also complete a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in SLT Leadership. This bespoke and unique programme will provide the necessary skills for academic and industrial leadership in the field, based on elements covering software engineering, entrepreneurship, management, and societal responsibility, aside from training in core SLT skills.

The SLT CDT offers our students the following benefits:

  • A four-year PhD programme leading to two qualifications
  • Fully funded student fees and a generous bursary package
  • Support for internships with our external industrial project partners
  • Supervision from a team of 20 internationally leading SLT researchers, covering all core areas of modern SLT research, and a broader pool of over 50 academics in cognate disciplines with interests in SLTs and their application
  • Exposure to the cross-disciplinary approaches and co-creation of novel SLT methods and applications with external partners
  • Creating long-term, close-knit community of SLT researchers and developers firmly based in the UK
  • A collaborative and inclusive research environment

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or be expecting to obtain, a high-quality (ideally first class) undergraduate or masters (ideally distinction) degree in a relevant discipline. Suitable backgrounds are (but not limited to) computer science; informatics; AI; speech and language processing; mathematics; and software engineering. We will also consider applicants with a professional background, so long as they are able to provide evidence of demonstrable academic skills as well as practical experience.

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Speech and Language Technologies and Their Applications


CDT studentships fund four years of study, covering the annual university fees, and providing a highly competitive stipend. See website for further details and eligibility.

Core partners

Google, Amazon, VoiceBase, Microsoft Research Ltd, Nuance Communications UK Limited, MapR Technologies, ZOO Digital Group plc, Emotech Ltd, Scribetech (UK) Ltd, FACTMATA, Ieso Digital Health Ltd, ITSLanguage, M*Modal Technologies, Inc, Ontotext, Record Sure limited, SOLVAY, Tech Nation, TherapyBox, gweek Limited, Signal Media Ltd, Textio, NHS Digital (previously HSCIC), OCLC, TribePad, SoapBox Labs Ltd., Jam Creative Studios, Netcall Telecom Limited.


Applications for the 2019 cohort (starting September 2019) are now closed. Applications for the 2020 cohort (starting late September 2020) will open in Autumn 2019 with interviews expected in Spring 2020 (subject to change).

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Speech and Language Technologies and Their Applications

For an informal discussion about your application please contact us by email at:
[email protected].

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