Current Opportunities

13 fully-funded PhD Studentships available for September 2020

Recruitment round one for the 2020 cohort is now open for applications:

  • Round 1 closing date: 2nd January 2020 11:59pm
  • Round 1 academic interview dates: 4th and/or 5th February 2020.
  • Number of studentships available: 13
  • Start date: end-September 2020
  • Studentships available for: Home/EU students
  • Annual Stipend: £17,200 per annum

About the programme:

Our EPSRC Creating Our Lives in Data CDT programme aims to establish technologies and methods to enable producers and consumers in the Digital Economy to co-create smarter products in smarter ways, to re-establish trust in the use of personal data. Smarter products combine physical and digital technologies to deliver personalised blends of goods, services and user experiences. These are made through co-creation and data creativity in which consumers actively engage in shaping the products they use.

The EPSRC-supported Centre brings together leading figures from computing and engineering as well as the social sciences, business and humanities from the University of Nottingham; plus researchers from the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. We are co-funded by EPSRC and over 40 industry, third sector and international partners.

Our students are innovating applications across sectors including consumer goods and food, creative industries, high value products, transport, and health and wellbeing – seeking out new synergies between them. We do not expect that every student will be an expert in all of the areas mentioned above; our aim is to train people to work in transdisciplinary teams, ready to become future leaders in industry, the third sector and academia.

Our innovative four year PhD programme combines research, technical and professional skills training, an internship with a partner organisation, and opportunities for international exchanges. The programme is led by Professor Steve Benford, previously an EPSRC Dream Fellow, Visiting Researcher at Microsoft, the BBC’s first Visiting Professor, and the recipient of four BAFTA nominations; and Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, who led the Human Factors Research Group, and is Past President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics.

Current opportunities:

The following fully-funded PhD studentship opportunities within the Horizon CDT for the 2020 cohort are now open for applications, please click on the links to find out more and to apply.

Unfortunately, due to our funding restrictions, we cannot consider international applicants unless they can provide evidence in the application that they have already secured funding for all 4 years.


The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Horizon: Creating our Lives in Data is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under grant reference EP/S023305/1.