The Institute for Ethics in AI is offering up to two fully-funded scholarships to applicants accepted to start a DPhil in any subject that takes a Humanities-based approach to research topics relevant to the Institute in the academic year 2024-25.

In addition, there is also a scholarship funded by the Schmidt Futures grant, jointly bestowed upon Professor John Tasioulas and Professor Hélène Landemore in 2022, which presents a compelling opportunity for an outstanding young scholar to join the Institute in the academic year 2024/25 as a DPhil Student. The scholarship is open to all disciplines as long as the research focuses on AI, human rights and democracy.


A large range of topics fall within the area of interest for the Institute for Ethics in AI. These include, but are not limited to, bias and discrimination in algorithmic decision-making, how AI bears on the value of human autonomy, the right to a human decision, the nature and value of human-robot relationship, AI applications in health care, the moral status of AI, the place of work in human life and the implications of AI for the workplace, and the ways in which AI and digital technology pose threats to, but also opportunities for, democratic governance.

Ethics in AI scholarships will cover university fees, irrespective of fee status, and provide a maintenance stipend for the period of fee liability. The maintenance stipend is set according to UKRI indicative level. The funding level changes on a yearly basis following the inflation rate. Please visit the UKRI website for the most up-to-date figures.

There is no separate application process for these scholarships. The department you apply to by the January deadline for your course will automatically consider all eligible offer holders for this funding and nominate candidates to the Ethics in AI Funding selection committee for assessment. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. Scholarship holders will be selected for their outstanding academic merit and potential.