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Thanks to a generous gift from leading British Artificial Intelligence (AI) company DeepMind, the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham is pleased to announce scholarship funding for four postgraduate students from under-represented groups in AI to study on our MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for 2021 entry.  DeepMind and the University of Birmingham are committed to removing barriers and enhancing diversity in computer science and in support of these goals, these scholarships are available to UK fee-paying students that identify as female and/or identify as Black African, Black Caribbean or other Black ethnicity. 

The generous support provided by these scholarships will help excellent students who might not have otherwise been able to consider a postgraduate degree.  They will receive advanced training in AI and machine learning from the School of Computer Science’s leading academics, and will receive bespoke mentoring support from researchers at DeepMind. The University is delighted to be joining DeepMind’s partner network and we look forward to building a lasting, collaborative relationship.

Dr Mark Lee, Head of Computer Science, University of Birmingham said: “DeepMind are at the forefront of the extraordinary developments in AI and we are delighted and grateful that they have initiated this partnership, which is testament to the University’s reputation for research and education in AI. Increasing diversity in AI is essential to ensure that the systems that are becoming ever-more embedded in our lives are fair for all, and these scholarships will enable talented students to take the next step towards fulfilling their ambitions of a career in one of the most exciting and rewarding areas of research.”

Obum Ekeke, Global Lead, University Relations & Education Partnerships at DeepMind commented: “We’re proud to be working with the University of Birmingham to support scholars from underrepresented backgrounds in AI. AI needs diversity of perspectives and representation from all communities to ensure it can effectively serve society, and I would encourage any eligible candidates to apply to these scholarships today, and take their next step into a career in AI.”

Each DeepMind scholarship is approximately £28,685, and covers UK tuition fees, a maintenance grant, plus conference funding and essential equipment. UK fee-paying applicants that meet the criteria and have been given a conditional/unconditional offer to study the MSc Artificial Intelligence with Machine Learning for 2021 entry are encouraged to apply to be considered for a DeepMind scholarship by 30th June 2021, with applications open today.