Data Lab Prize Studentship

The Data Lab

TheDataLab-Black Logo - transparentThe Data Lab works with industry and academia to create a pipeline of talented data scientists, equipped with the relevant knowledge, skills and understanding to apply cutting edge research within industry.

Prize Studentships

Industry Sponsors can apply for a Data Lab Prize Studentship, which will be awarded to Research Engineers who are judged by The Data Lab to be offering the most exciting and innovative proposals for pursuing data-driven or data-intensive research. A Data Lab Prize Studentship will provide up to 50% of the fees and stipend for a Research Engineer (RE) for the 4-year EngD programme, for those REs applying for entry in September 2017. Subject to eligibility, applicants can be of any nationality, but awards will be made only on the basis of UK/EU fees rate. The awards are at the discretion of The Data Lab.

  • The Data Lab will provide 30% of the fees and stipend in partnership with large companies (250+ employees).
  • The Data Lab will provide 50% of the fees and stipend for sponsors from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the public sector.

(The definition of SME can be found on page 11 of this document.) The key criteria for the award, to be assessed by The Data Lab are:

  • The research proposed is data-intensive and/or data-driven.
  • The research will be innovative, resulting in the generation of new knowledge and/or new intellectual property.
  • The research shows the potential for a positive economic and/or social impact for Scotland.

It is at the discretion of The Data Lab to decide what proportion of funding to allocate to an individual applicant based on its merits.

Engagement with The Data Lab

REs who are awarded Prize Studentships will also engage with various activities and events at The Data Lab, in its remit to build, encourage and support a community of scientists, engineers, practitioners and problem owners in data science.

Intellectual Property (IP)

The Data Lab Prize Studentships are funded through the Scottish Government, and so the default arrangement for recipients will be that IP generated will be shared equally between the RE, the Industrial Sponsor, and the University of St Andrews. However, award of the Studentships will be based on technical merit, and negotiations on IP arrangements will be possible on a per-applicant basis.


Industry Sponsors can advertise vacancies at any time, and early advertisement is encouraged.

RE applications are invited from those with an Industry Sponsor already in place, as well as those without an Industry Sponsor. Applicants must apply via the EngD website by:

0900 UK local time on Monday 27 March 2017

to be considered for the Data Lab Prize Studentships. Links for applications cab be found via the information for Prospective Research Engineers and Prospective Sponsors.

Industry Sponsors

Industry Sponsors should have a research or operational base in Scotland, at which the Research Engineer will be based for undertaking the activities of the Individual Research Component. Industrial Sponsors can be organisations of any size.


Joshua Ryan-Saha, Skills Programme Manager, The Data Lab, 15 South College St., Edinburgh, EH8 9AA, UK