Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships


Scheme overview

The EPSRC, on behalf of UKRI, has launched the Turing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Acceleration Fellowships in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute; the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); and the Office for Artificial Intelligence.

Oxford can submit a total of four (4) applications to the outline proposal phase.

The Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships are intended to accelerate the careers of high potential researchers towards a world leading position by the end of their fellowship and invest in a new generation of AI research. This call has particular emphasis on:

  • Ambitious and novel research with a primary focus on tackling the methodological and theoretical challenges in AI driven by real world applications. This includes significant novelty in the development of AI technologies and should go beyond applying established AI approaches within applications.
  • Enabling career mobility between academia and other sectors (including industry, government, and the third sector) for the fellow and their team. Strong relationships and collaborations should be built with stakeholders in the UK and internationally.

Full scheme details can be found on UKRI's website.

Support available

The budget for these Fellowships is up to £15m over five years and it is anticipated that between 10 and 15 Fellowships will be awarded. Due to the emphasis of these awards on cross-sector collaboration, significant leverage (cash or in-kind investment) is expected from project partners.

Fellowships can be used to cover 0.5-1 FTE of the Fellow’s salary, an interdisciplinary research group and related activities. Support for studentships is not permitted.


  • Proposals are welcome from high potential, mid-career researchers.
  • All proposals must have a start date of 1 January 2021.
  • Fellowships can be held part or full time with a minimum of 0.5 FTE commitment for up to five years. By the last year of the award, it is expected that fellows will reduce their time to a maximum of 0.5 FTE to enable broader portfolio development.

Internal coordinated bids process

A maximum of four (4) expressions of interest should be submitted per department.

Candidates should upload the following documentation as a single PDF on IRAMS:

  • Case for Support (two sides of A4*)
  • CV (up to two sides of A4)
  • Justification of resources (up to two sides of A4)

Guidelines on the above documentation are detailed on the UKRI website.

* Please note that successful applicants from the internal bids process will be able to submit up to four sides of A4 to the EPSRC.

Proposals will be considered by a cross-divisional panel of academics. The decision of the panel is final.

For queries on the internal coordinated process, contact Kathleen Dolan.


Internal coordinated bid deadline

noon, 20 January 2020

Outcomes of internal panel communicated

no later than 4 February 2020

EPSRC outline proposal deadline

4pm, 18 February 2020*

Outline proposal decisions

early April 2020

Full proposal submission deadline

21 May 2020


early September 2020

Offers to successful candidates

late September 2020

Grant start date 1 January 2021