Last year, The Center for Research and Formation in Artificial Intelligence (CINFONIA) of the Universidad de Los Andes (Uniandes) forged a valuable partnership with DeepMind, a leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) company in the United Kingdom. Currently, CINFONIA is positioned as a Latin American leader in AI research, and scholars who study here will have the benefits of exposure to the academic achievements of its researchers, including participation in the most prestigious AI conferences in the world.
Through the DeepMind Scholarships 2021 program, the company funded three talented students from underrepresented backgrounds to study in a Master of Engineering program with an emphasis on Artificial Intelligence at the Universidad de Los Andes. With the goal of promoting diversity and academic excellence in AI, DeepMind has extended its partnership with CINFONIA until 2022 because of the success brought by the 2021 scholarships.
Manuel Ríos, a DeepMind 2021 scholar states that the idea of working with DeepMind, one of the world leaders in AI, is something that already excites him. “It’s a dream come true,” says the scholar. “I could not be more comfortable with the program, as I am sure that I will not only receive an excellent education, but also I will have the opportunity to be part of excellent research groups where I hope to be able to work on challenging and innovative projects that have a great social and academic impact”, affirms Manuel. Learn more about the other scholars here.
The DeepMind 2022 scholars will need to demonstrate academic excellence and experience in AI research, they must be accepted in a Master’s program at Universidad de Los Andes with an emphasis on Artificial Intelligence certified by CINFONIA, and they must belong to a community underrepresented in this field (Latin Americans, women, ethnic minorities and/or low-income population). Visit https://cinfonia.uniandes.edu.co/academic to find the eligible Master’s programs.
For two years the scholarship will pay not only for academic costs but also for conference travel (or remote conference participation) and equipment. Scholars will be able to attend educational events and important conferences on Artificial Intelligence and will have the support of a DeepMind mentor to develop their confidence and pursue their goals. The applications for the 2022 scholarships will open on August 23rd and will close on December 23rd. The application form will be available here.
The renewal of the scholarships is a step in closing the knowledge gap in underrepresented communities and a recognition of CINFONIA’s academic effort to generate knowledge and new opportunities in the region.