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Indian Institute of Technology Madras’ Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and AI (RBCDSAI) and Narayanan Family Foundation are collaborating to launch a Fellowship in ‘Artificial Intelligence for Social Good.’

The objective is to attract early career AI researchers with exceptional promise to RBCDSAI, IIT Madras, a release said.

The Fellows will be primarily drawn from recent PhD graduates or early career researchers in computer science, computational and data sciences, biomedical sciences, management, finance and other engineering branches.

Applications are now being accepted. Interested candidates can apply for the Fellowship through the following link – https://rbcdsai.iitm.ac.in/nf3/  

RBCDSAI works with central, state and local governments besides industry and clinical sector, among many others, to gain transformative insights and actionable steps to make a credible impact on the relevant stakeholders.

RBCDSAI-IIT Madras Head Prof B Ravindran said, “This fellowship is designed to enable outstanding candidates to establish their independent research profile and to contribute in a significant way to socially relevant AI research.”

Funded by the Narayanan Family Foundation, the Fellows will get a salary of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 18 lakh (approx. $20,000 – $24,000) per year depending on the experience (equivalent to Assistant Professor’s starting salary at any IIT) for a non-renewable term of three years. The Fellows are also eligible for a one-time research grant of up to Rs 30 lakh (approx. $40,000).

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

The Fellows are expected to conduct their independent research under the mentorship of the Centre in the area of AI for Social Good and will have access to high-end compute infrastructure and datasets at RBCDSAI.

RBCDSAI is a pre-eminent interdisciplinary research academic centre for Data Science and AI in India with the largest network analytics and deep reinforcement learning research groups.

RBCDSAI was founded in August 2017 with a vision to expand and further the research, education and outreach activities in the areas of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. It comprises faculty from several departments across the Institute, who carry out research in various areas of data science and artificial intelligence.

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