Data Science Industrial Doctorate Funding Call


Data Science Industrial Doctorate Funding Call

A Rolling Funding Call for 2020/21 is now open.

We are looking for applications from universities that have a proposed project with an industry or public sector partner.

A call to fund new industrial doctorate (PhD/EngD) studentships is OPEN NOW. This is a rolling call with no specific submission deadline. We aim to respond to applications within 3 weeks of receipt subject to the required review panel availability.

The Data Lab aims to generate significant economic, social and scientific value to Scotland through the application of data science. To help achieve this, we co-fund Industrial Doctorate studentships, in collaboration with academic institutions and industry, public or third sector partners. These industrial doctorates are designed to support the development of data science talent at a PhD / EngD level, while facilitating collaboration between industry and academia through applied research projects.

For an Industrial Doctorate project to be considered for The Data Lab funding it must be hosted at a Scottish University and be sponsored by at least one industry, public or third sector sponsor that has an operational base in Scotland. The project must be innovative and have the potential to contribute to positive social/economic impact in Scotland with a focus on innovation in or the application of data science and AI techniques.

Funding for up to 50% of the studentship cost is available (at the UK home rate), with the remainder to be matched by the industry and University sponsors.  EU/International students may be recruited to a studentship where the remainder of the costs are met by another party (e.g Industry partner, University).

For further details including funding levels and project criteria, and to apply to the programme please see our Call Guidance.

Have a look at the projects our current cohort of industrial doctorate students are working on with Universities and organisations across Scotland. 

Project matching

If you have an idea for an Industrial Doctorate project but you do not yet have a University Partner or an Industry Sponsor, we can help match you with possible partners:

  • If you are a University seeking to collaborate with an Industry Sponsor, please complete and submit our Academic matching form.
  • If you are an Industry Sponsor seeking to collaborate with a University, please complete and submit our Industry matching form. Please have a look at our current list of project ideas submitted by Universities, to see if you could collaborate on one of the projects already suggested.

If you have any questions, please contact

Further postgraduate opportunities

As part of our The Data Lab MSc programme, we seek to place over 100 students every year in industrial placements across Scotland. We are looking for companies with an idea for a project. This is a great opportunity for you to get access to a data scientist to tackle a real issue in your company. Find out more about funding postgraduate research.