DPhil Scholarships 2024/25

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The Institute for Ethics in AI is providing three fully-funded scholarships, offering a compelling opportunity for exceptional young scholars to join the Institute in the academic year 2024/25 as a DPhil Student.

The first scholarship available is open to students from any discipline, provided their research takes a humanities-based approach to topics relevant to the Institute. Academic departments need to nominate eligible candidates by the deadline of March 15, 2024.

The second scholarship is specifically designed for Philosophy students whose research aligns with the interests of the Institute. The Faculty of Philosophy will submit eligible candidates by the deadline of February 9, 2024.

The third scholarship is funded by the Schmidt Futures grant, jointly awarded to Professor John Tasioulas and Professor Hélène Landemore in 2022. This scholarship is open to law students conducting research with a focus that aligns with the interests of the Institute. The Faculty of Law will present prospective nominations by March 15, 2024.

There is no separate application process for any of the three scholarships. To be considered, you must submit your application for graduate study by the January deadline. Refer to the courses page for the applicable deadline for your course.


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 selection committee for assessment. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. Scholarship holders will be selected for their outstanding academic merit and potential.