Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships

The internal University of Edinburgh deadline for this 2023 call has now passed.

Please note: The internal University of Edinburgh deadline for this call has now passed. 

This page shares details of the University of Edinburgh internal deadlines for Expressions of Interest for the Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships.

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Call information

Following the Chancellor’s announcement in October 2021 that the government would “double the number of Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships”, Round 3 of the Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships scheme is now open for Outline applications with a Expression of Interest deadline of 7 September 2023.  UKRI have indicated that this is the final opportunity for funding in this scheme.


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Turing Fellows are scholars with proven research excellence in data science, artificial intelligence or a related field whose research would be significantly enhanced through active involvement with the Turing network of universities and partners.  This opportunity is aimed at established researchers.  International applicants are welcome, however, they must be based in the UK at an organisation eligible for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding to hold the fellowship.

Up to £12 million is available in this round to fund a handful of these sizable awards (of typical scale £3-5 million) for up to five years, which should start by 1 October 2024.  This EPSRC supported programme looks to support talented researchers with a high international standing who will advance and transform a field either in AI, or at the interface between AI and other disciplines.  Applications are therefore encouraged from the best internationally, including those outside and those currently located in the UK, and business applicants wishing to hold joint academic positions are again encouraged to apply.  

Given the strategic nature, the high expectation of significant leverage and tailored longitudinal support, and the limited number of these awards, institutions are expected to submit no more than two proposals.  The University of Edinburgh is currently running an internal selection process with a deadline of 24 July 2023 however internal school/centre deadlines will be earlier than this. 



Interested candidates should contact the relevant Head of School/Centre in the first instance for more information.

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Further information

It is expected that Fellows will:

  • undertake world-leading research, leading a major programme that builds new capability and capacity in AI.  The proposed work must therefore develop AI well beyond the current state of the art and programmes applying current AI methodologies to an application area will not be accepted.
  • use the significant support package to establish a highly skilled and potentially multidisciplinary research team
  • develop a position of leadership in the national and international research community, as well as in the host organisation
  • engage with, influence and advocate for the strategic direction of the UK’s AI ecosystem
  • act as leader in, and ambassador and advocate for, the AI community, driving forward the UK and international AI research agenda.  If at the interface between AI and another discipline, make leadership and ambassadorial contributions to all relevant fields.
  • initiate, grow and maintain strong relationships and collaborations with academia, business, and broader stakeholders in the UK and internationally, facilitating a positive impact on the wider research landscape
  • develop the skills and careers of their team, growing the independent researchers and innovators of the future
  • actively engage with researchers, developers and users to enable AI for use in the real world to ensure that AI is designed, developed and deployed robustly and transparently
  • embed the principles of responsible research and trusted research throughout activities
  • deliver research with a high likelihood of impact on UK society and the economy
  • build a broader portfolio of funding and activities beyond the fellowship, moving towards a position of sustainability at the end of the fellowship.


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