Inspired by the success of the Turing Enrichment Scheme for doctoral students we established the Post-Doctoral Enrichment Awards (PDEA). This initiative offers small awards to facilitate postdoctoral activity throughout the UK with the aim of building the foundations for an engaged postdoctoral community working on topics related to data science and AI. The Turing’s PDEA scheme is designed to provide development opportunities in three key areas: learning new skills, collaboration, and developing research independence.
What the PDEA offers
The PDEA offers flexible funds to enable researchers to build on their current research, develop and grow activities related to the core aims of the scheme with support from the Turing community:
- Active participation in the Turing’s online community for researchers in data science and AI.
- Access to training and research showcase events for the Turing community.
- Opportunity to apply for additional funding for community building activities and projects.
- Opportunity to contribute to the Turing’s growing activity in the national skills and research space.
- £2,000 award for activity relating to the core aims of the scheme (see more below).
Who can apply
We welcome applications from a broad range of academic disciplines and backgrounds, especially those whose research spans multiple disciplines and applications and aligns with the Institute’s research areas. These can include any aspects of AI and data science. To support continued diversity within data science and AI we encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Applicants must consider themselves as unestablished in their research career. For more senior postdocs this may also mean they are building their career in a new direction in response to data science/AI innovations.
Example activities from the cohort:
- Facilitating research collaborations for neuroimaging data in the context of Alzheimer's disease
- Running a Data Study Group on AI for democratic innovations
- Organising a multidisciplinary workshop that brings AI experts into dialogue with journalism practitioners
- Establishing an interest group on the topic of simulation-based/likelihood-free inference within the Turing.