Responsible Governance of AI PhD scholarship

Level of study
Doctoral research
Subject area
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 25/09/2023 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a PhD aimed at critically examining the social, ethical and legal implications of rapidly developing and increasingly powerful AI technologies.

Candidates are invited to develop, undertake and complete a substantial Ph D project which falls which interrogates some aspect of the responsible governance of AI technologies (broadly defined).

The candidate will be attached to both the Law School and the School of Computer Science, working under the supervision of Professor Karen Yeung, a leading legal scholar in the field of ‘machine ethics’ and the responsible governance of emerging technology.

Value of Award

The studentship is available for three years full-time and will cover PhD tuition fees for UK/EU and international students, plus a stipend £18,622 per annum (2023/24 Research Council rate).

Eligibility Criteria

This Scholarship is open to candidates interested in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the responsible governance of AI which draws on humanities, social scientific and computer science perspectives in order to understand and grapple with the novel and important challenges for society raised by advances in AI. Candidates should have a background in a relevant law, humanities or social scientific discipline together with numeracy skills and an aptitude for understanding the technical foundations of machine learning applications. Candidates with first class undergraduate and Masters degrees will be preferred.

Successful candidates will commence study in January 2024, or as otherwise agreed.

How to Apply

Applications for this studentship should be sent to the College of Arts and Law Graduate School:

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A CV 
  • A research proposal of no more than 2,500 words (including references)
  • A sample of writing of no more than 5,000 words relevant to the themes of proposed research
  • Copies of university academic transcripts
  • The names and email addresses of two referees (ensuring that you have contacted your referees in advance about your application for this scholarship)


Birmingham Law School - Karen Yeung