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.

Phase 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 Phase One Turing AI fellows can be found here.

Phase Two

In November 2020, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) announced that 15 leading UK researchers had been awarded Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships to develop cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies.

These fellowships will be delivered by UKRI and are supported by a £20 million government investment to lead on innovative and creative AI research, with transformative impact.

Amongst the successful recipients were a number of outstanding researchers from The Alan Turing Institute, as detailed within the institute’s online news article of 27 November 2020.

The Turing's role in Phase Two

The second phase of Turing AI Fellowships are being delivered by the EPSRC, on behalf of UKRI. The Alan Turing Institute is not involved in 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 networkinterest groups or the Research Engineering Group (REG).