The University of Sussex invites applications for PhD studentships within the be.AI Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme which will bring together researchers from the humanities, life sciences and computing to pursue artificial intelligence (AI) in its original definition of understanding natural intelligence by emulating it in artificial systems. In our unique interdisciplinary centre, we will advance understanding of how the interaction between brain, body and environment gives rise to intelligence and how this insight can be used to build novel artificial intelligence.
The be.AI Doctoral Scholarship Programme, with additional support from the University of Sussex, will support 3 cohorts of 6 PhD students starting in September 2021. Projects are offered within and across the disciplines of Artificial intelligence, Informatics, Robotics, Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, Philosophy, Digital humanities and Music. PhD students will be registered within one of the participating schools (Life Sciences, Informatics, Psychology, Media Arts and Humanities). Proposed projects are detailed on the Programme Website or you can develop a proposal of your own linked to the themes:
You can approach supervisors from this pool of supervisors (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/ccnr/be_ai/supervisors) or wider within and across the disciplines listed above.
As a be.AI Scholar you will:
You will also benefit from research and practical expertise available across all participating schools and related doctoral programmes, via existing research networks, joint or additional supervision, and access to training. Be.AI scholars will join a vibrant doctoral community numbering around 1500, supported by a rich blend of University, Research Council, and charity and partnership funding.
Applicants should have/expect to have at least a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree. A master's degree in a relevant discipline is strongly desirable.
Applicants must also have a willingness to participate in the programme's interdisciplinary training and seminars.
The award is available to people from all countries but international fees are not covered. Applicants to whom international fees apply will need to obtain funding for the fee difference (currently between ca £13,500 and £17,500 per year, depending whether the project is lab based) before applying to the programme.
To apply for one of the advertised projects, or to propose your own, you should apply for a PhD place at Sussex using the online PhD application form.
If applying for one of the advertised projects, you should use the advert as a starting point, and develop this into a more detailed research proposal. Please see the guidance on writing a research proposal.
On the application form, choose the PhD course linked to the department of your chosen supervisor (e.g. Informatics, Engineering, Life Sciences) and enter “Leverhulme” in the “sources of funding” box.
Your completed application should include your project proposal, your CV and any other information requested e.g. degree certificates and transcripts and English language qualifications.
You will also need to complete the Leverhulme funding application. This must be returned to email@example.com
For questions regarding your chosen research project, please contact the project supervisor listed on the project description.
If you have questions relating to the application process, please contact Amanda Britt on firstname.lastname@example.org
31st January 2021 (23:59): Deadline for applications
February 2021: Interviews (all interviews will be conducted by the be.AI Directors and Academic Board, which is cross-disciplinary in nature).
Early March 2021: Applicants notified regarding the outcome of their application
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