IIT Madras launches scholarship for AI researchers

Fellows will be paid annually Rs. 15 to Rs.18 lakh depending on their experience

Fellows will be paid annually Rs. 15 to Rs.18 lakh depending on their experience

The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has launched a scholarship to attract early-career artificial intelligence researchers.

The Institute’s Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and AI and the Narayanan Family Foundation have collaborated to launch an Artificial Intelligence for Social Good Fellowship.

Recent PhD graduates, early-career researchers in computer science, computer science and data science, biomedical science, management, finance, and other branches of engineering are eligible to apply.

Candidates can apply via
https://rbcdsai.iitm.ac.in/nf3/

The Center works with central, state and local governments, industry and clinical sectors to gain transformative insights to credibly impact stakeholders.

Center Director B. Ravindran said the fellowship is designed to enable outstanding candidates to establish their independent research profile and contribute meaningfully to socially relevant AI research.

Fellows will be paid annually Rs. 15 to Rs.18 lakh (about US$20,000 to 24,000) depending on their experience. This is equivalent to the entry level salary of an assistant professor in an IIT. The candidate will be granted a non-renewable term of three years. They are also eligible for a one-time research grant of up to Rs. 30 lakh (about US$40,000).

Srinivas Narayanan, co-founder of the Narayanan Family Foundation, said, “We believe the program can bring significant benefits to society through the advancement of AI and we are very happy to support it.”

Fellows must conduct their independent research under the mentorship of the Center in AI for Social Good and will have access to high-end computing infrastructure and datasets at RBCDSAI. For more details, candidates can write to
[email protected] .

James G. Williams