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Turing Artificial Intelligence Acceleration Fellowships

A webinar will be held at 13.00-14.00 on Wednesday 27 November 2019 to outline the aims of this call and answer questions from the community. Please register in advance.

Call status: Open
Application window: 24 October 2019, 00:00 – 18 February 2020, 16:00


EPSRC, on behalf of UKRI, is delivering this substantive phase of the Turing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fellowships, working in partnership with The Alan Turing Institute, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office for Artificial Intelligence. Through this programme we aim to grow the UK’s capability and capacity in addressing the methodological and theoretical challenges in AI and enable enhanced engagement between academia, industry and other sectors through flexible career paths that encourage inter-sector mobility.

Outline proposals are invited for the Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships call. Up to £18 million is available to fund 10-15 fellows for 5 years. We are seeking to invest in the next generation of AI researchers who will undertake ambitious and novel research with a primary focus on tackling the methodological and theoretical challenges in AI driven by real world applications. This research should show significant novelty in the development of AI technologies and should go beyond applying established AI approaches within applications. Fellows will be expected to actively seek to develop into a position of leadership in their host organisation, in the national and international research community, and engage with and influence the strategic direction of UK AI research. Fellows should build strong relationships and collaborations with stakeholders in the UK and internationally.

In order to enable a diverse and inclusive AI community UKRI wishes to fund a diverse fellowships cohort, consequently host organisations are required to take an inclusive approach to identifying applicants.

To manage demand applications from each host organisation will be capped at four.

How to apply

A three-stage assessment process will be used:

Stage 1: Outline proposal

Stage 2: Full proposal - candidates successful at the outline stage will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Stage 3: Interview Panel - full proposals with sufficiently high postal peer reviewer scores will go to interview in order to select the final successful applicants.

Key dates

  • Call published – 24 October 2019
  • Host organisation inclusivity statement deadline – 4 February 2020
  • Deadline for Outline proposals – 18 February 2020
  • Deadline for Full Proposals – 18 June 2020
  • Interview Panel – Week commencing 05 October 2020
  • Funding decision – Late September 2020
  • Grant start date – 1 January 2021

The full proposal deadline was extended by 4 weeks due to the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on applicants in order to ensure high quality proposals can be prepared and the aims of this investment achieved.


Requests for help and advice concerning the writing and costing of your proposal should be addressed to your host organisation Research Office in the first instance.

For general enquiries regarding the call please email AI.Robotics@epsrc.ukri.org. Specific questions should be sent to: