Turing AI Fellowships

Scheme overview

The Alan Turing Institute, in partnership with the Office for AI (OAI) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is launching a first call for Turing Senior AI Fellowships and Turing AI Fellowships.

Oxford can submit a total of 3 applications to the outline phase across both career stages.

These fellowships will encourage world-leading senior AI researchers to build and consolidate significant research activity and profile within the UK. They also aim to accelerate the careers of the most promising mid-career AI researchers enabling them to grow their profile both nationally and internationally, build their research teams and extend their research collaborations.

  • Turing Senior AI Fellowships are prestigious appointments for existing leaders in the field and applicants should already be demonstrating leadership equivalent to a full professorial position.
  • Turing AI Fellowships are aimed at established mid-career researchers with recognised leadership potential.

The initiative covers a broad view of AI, including applications of foundational disciplines across mathematical sciences, statistical sciences, computational sciences and engineering. Successful fellows will be expected to collaborate as appropriate across disciplines to ensure positive outcomes for UK society. Consideration may also be given to AI work that interfaces with the life sciences, social sciences or humanities.

Full scheme details can be found on the Alan Turing Institute's website.

Support available

The budget for these fellowships is up to £8.5m over five years and it is anticipated that between 3 and 5 fellowships will be awarded.

Fellowships can be used to cover 0.5–1 FTE of the fellow’s salary, a research group and related activities.


  • Must hold a tenure or tenure-track academic post at the host organisation, either currently or at the point of starting the fellowship
    For clarity, Oxford will consider applications from staff who hold an open ended, permanent contract, including those who are on a 5 year review period
  • Fellows are required to spend a minimum of 0.5 FTE (max 1 FTE) on the fellowship for up to 5 years
  • Fellows should be available to start the fellowship to coincide with the start of the 2019/20 academic year. Ideally this will be October 2019, but no later than 31 December 2019

Internal coordinated bids process (deadline: 1pm on Thursday 14 March)

A maximum of 3 expressions of interest should be submitted per department.

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

  • case for support (two A4 pages)
  • CV (two A4 pages)
  • research publications and outputs (one A4 page)

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


Internal coordinated bid deadline

1pm, 14 March 2019

Outcomes of internal panel communicated

no later than 22 March 2019

Turing outline proposal deadline

11pm, 29 March 2019

Shortlisted candidates notified by Turing

26 April 2019

Full proposal submission deadline

9 June 2019


w/c 15 July 2019

Offers to successful candidates

w/c 22 July 2019