Introduction

As part of an ambitious skills and talent package set out by the UK Government, aimed at attracting and maintaining the best talent in artificial intelligence, the Turing AI Fellowships initiative was created in collaboration with The Alan Turing Institute.

The objectives of the Turing AI Fellowship initiative are to: 

  • Support a diverse AI research community by developing capability and capacity thereby creating a sustainable AI research and innovation ecosystem.
  • Enable new models of collaboration across sectors in AI, encouraging engagement between industry and academia through flexible career paths that encourage inter-sector mobility.
  • Integrate consideration of AI adoption into AI research activities, and embed Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in AI alongside consideration of how AI can be designed to be safe, ethical and usable.

Wave One

The first Turing AI Fellowship call was led by The Alan Turing Institute and the first five Turing AI fellows were announced in October 2019. The Turing AI fellows are pioneering unique and exciting areas of research in the field of AI, from addressing the challenge of building a more sustainable aviation industry, to democratising safe and robust AI. These fellows have been appointed for five years, from a wide variety of disciplines.

Further details about the Wave One Turing AI fellows can be found here.

 

Wave Two

To continue attracting outstanding AI talent, EPSRC (on behalf of UKRI) have opened two calls as part of the second wave of AI Fellowships; the Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships and the Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships.

The deadline for outline proposals is the 18th February 2020 for the Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships, and the 2nd April 2020 for the Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships.

The Turing's role in Wave Two

The second wave of Turing AI Fellowships are being delivered by EPSRC, on behalf of UKRI. The Alan Turing Institute is not administering these calls.

The Alan Turing Institute will take on a collaborative cohort management role, working with EPSRC and the Office for AI, to support all Turing AI fellows appointed across both the Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships and the Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships, to ensure the ambitious goals of the scheme are realised.

Where appropriate, all fellows may benefit from a range of opportunities and support from the Turing, for example access to the Institute's university partner network or the Research Engineering Group (REG). Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will need to liaise with the Institute ([email protected]) if they wish to request specific Institute resources (for example REG time, events support etc) as part of their application and to ensure appropriate costings are included.