The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, a program of Schmidt Futures, aims to accelerate the next scientific revolution by applying AI to research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
New methods in advanced computing and AI are increasingly contributing to revolutionary tools in scientific research and discovery. However, the current adoption of AI in scientific and engineering research is slow, unevenly distributed, and inconsistent. Better use of AI in science can help researchers ask better questions and find quicker and deeper answers.
The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship will seek to change how science is done by accelerating the incorporation of AI techniques into the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematical science (STEM), providing access to AI tools and training to the sharpest minds on the frontlines of scientific innovation. The Fellowship adds to Schmidt Futures’ efforts of more than $400M and counting to support talent that is developing and using AI in innovative ways to make the world better.
The Fellowship program will initially support approximately 160 postdoctoral Fellows across nine universities around the world each year, to learn and apply AI methods to their research. Each university site will select a new cohort, comprised of up to 20 Fellows, annually for up to six years. Universities joining the program will provide advanced AI training, funded research support, and professional development opportunities –– both to shape research in their own departments and to help build a global network of AI-trained scientists.
Expanding the Schmidt Futures portfolio of AI programs like AI2050, AI Accelerator, and more, this Fellowship will broaden the range of human capabilities by supporting new approaches to scientific discovery and innovation through the rapid combination of AI methods towards STEM research. The Fellowship aims to create breakthroughs across a range of scientific fields –– from creating new drugs to fight disease, to detecting some of the faintest objects in the solar system, to helping produce and store energy more efficiently.
In its inaugural year, the program is supporting fellows at nine universities across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Singapore, with plans to expand to additional countries in the future.
Schmidt Futures is interested in exploring partnerships for this Fellowship program with Universities in regions such as Latin America, Australia, Europe, Africa or India.
The first cohort of Universities include:
The University of Toronto (CAN)
“The University of Toronto is one of the world’s top institutions for artificial intelligence, leading the way since the 1980s with innovations in deep learning and neural networks. U of T’s vibrant AI research ecosystem includes dozens of AI startups, labs, and renowned research hubs such as Vector Institute. U of T is committed to elevating AI research. The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Fellows will think big, foster new technological innovations, and create solutions for our world.”Learn more
Nanyang Technological University (SG)
“Since its establishment in 1991, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has quickly risen to become one of the world’s most prestigious institutions. NTU’s large and self-contained campus makes it an ideal testbed for the development and testing of AI systems, such as autonomous vehicles. NTU aims to develop AI in ways that are socially and commercially impactful – an aspiration expressed as “AI for X”: AI for science, AI for aging society, AI for transport, AI for well-being, and AI for smart cities.”Learn more
The National University of Singapore (SG)
“The National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university, committed to interdisciplinary research leveraging AI in several important domains such as health innovation, materials research, urban solutions, and sustainability. Many AI researchers at NUS are associated with AI Singapore, a national program launched by Singapore’s National Research Foundation to anchor deep national capabilities in AI. NUS is home to many corporate laboratories, driving innovations through university-industry collaborations.”Learn more
University of Oxford (UK)
“The University of Oxford is at the frontier of the AI revolution, with one of Europe’s largest groupings of AI expertise. The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellows will enjoy unprecedented support through a bespoke AI training programme, and access to interdisciplinary research across the mathematical, physical and life sciences. They will also join Reuben College, which is dedicated to research that addresses 21st century challenges, such as AI and Machine Learning.”Learn more
Imperial College London (UK)
“Imperial College London is launching a new flagship program, I-X, to focus on both the foundations of AI and applications of AI to further science and engineering. With the launch of this new program, the Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellows will have a synergistic role in expanding the frontiers of AI research at Imperial. With resources and access to the new campus in White City, these Fellows will work to accelerate the application of AI and bring about a wave of innovations to improve our planet.”Learn more
Cornell University (US)
“Cornell University will deploy the Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellows into four broad areas of Materials Discovery, Physics, Biological Sciences, and Sustainability Sciences, leveraging the University’s strong traditions of cross-disciplinary scientific research. Cornell also plans to partner with other institutions in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) through its global networks and 'Global Cornell' to enhance AI’s ability to improve lives across the globe.”Learn more
University of California, San Diego (US)
“The University of California San Diego has a history of leading AI innovations and will leverage its multi-disciplinary institutions to enhance and further AI research through the Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, a program of Schmidt Futures. The Fellows at UC San Diego will be encouraged to cultivate a diversified research approach, with the goal of improving and solving some of the world’s major problems which require interdisciplinary minds.”Learn more
University of Chicago (US)
“The University of Chicago will build on its rigorous, theory-driven research traditions to train Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Fellows. This program is part of a vibrant AI and science community that includes researchers in the natural and quantitative sciences at the University, its Data Science Institute, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Marine Biological Laboratory. Fellows will engage in field-defining research, making AI an integral component of the scientific method.”Learn more
University of Michigan (US)
“The University of Michigan welcomes the Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Fellows program to its Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), which aims to maximize the scientific and societal impacts of AI and data science. The program will leverage MIDAS’ focus on enabling the transformative use of AI and data science in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, its advocacy for responsible AI and data science, and its success in training postdoctoral researchers. As the nation's largest public research university, the breadth and depth of U-M research provides the Fellows unparalleled opportunities for intellectual exploration and research breakthroughs.”Learn more
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