Cambridge – Tübingen PhD Fellowships in Machine Learning

Cambridge – Tübingen PhD Fellowships in Machine Learning

The University of Cambridge Machine Learning Group and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems Empirical Inference Department in Tübingen are two of the world’s leading centres for machine learning research. In 2014, we launched a new and exciting initiative whereby a small group of select PhD candidates are jointly supervised at both institutions. The principal supervisors are Carl Rasmussen, Neil Lawrence, Ferenc Huszar, Jose Miguel Hernandez-Lobato, David Krueger, Adrian Weller, Hong Ge and Rika Antonova at Cambridge University, and Bernhard Schölkopf and other research group leaders at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen. This program is specific for candidates whose research interests are well-matched to both the principal supervisors in Cambridge and the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Tuebingen.

This is a unique programme, and admission in the last years was highly competitive. We encourage applications from outstanding candidates with academic backgrounds in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering and related fields, and a keen interest in doing basic research in machine learning and its scientific applications. There are no additional restrictions on the topic of the PhD but for further information on our current research areas please consult our webpages at, and

The overall duration of the PhD will be four years, with roughly three years spent at one location, and one year spent at the other location, including initial coursework at the University of Cambridge. Successful PhDs will be officially granted by the University of Cambridge.

Applications to the Cambridge – Tübingen PhD Fellowships should be made by first applying to the Cambridge PhD programme in Advanced Machine Learning as described here:

Applicants should also make sure that they apply for “Cambridge Trusts”, “Gates Cambridge”, and “Other Research Councils” funding by ticking the relevant boxes in the application form.

Applicants from Europe don’t need an employment visa, for those who apply from non-EU countries it is necessary to inform themselves at the embassy of their country about visa procedures.

Once you have completed the application to the Cambridge PhD Programme, and before actually submitting it, you should download the application and send a copy to It is important to download the application before submitting it through the academic portal because the application is no longer available once it is submitted. Please use the subject line “Cambridge-Tuebingen PhD fellowship” in your email to Please arrange for a cv, a motivation letter, BSc. and MSc. transcripts, and two reference letters of your application to the Cambridge PhD programme in Advanced Machine Learning to be sent also to

The hard deadline for formal applications is noon December 5, 2023

Interviews will take place in January 2024.

The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity.

The Max-Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

Carl Rasmussen

University of Cambridge

Bernhard Schölkopf

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems