Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship

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UC San Diego
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Schmidt Futures
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Launching Fall 2022

The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, a program of Schmidt Futures at UC San Diego led by Faculty Director Tara Javidi and Education Associate Director Ilkay Altıntaş, leverages UC San Diego’s place at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence research to train the next generation of scientific leaders pioneering the use of AI in STEM. Established with the generous support of Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative of Eric and Wendy Schmidt, this prestigious program annually supports 10-20 Postdoctoral Fellows with a two-year fellowship to apply AI techniques to research in the engineering, mathematical, and natural sciences. The program provides a unique, cross-campus ecosystem of training and scientific discovery consisting of three interconnected core components: 

Community formation of a diverse cohort of researchers and scholars from across the STEM areas of excellence with interest in the use of AI methods;

Training modules in the form of courses, seminars, and panels pulling from established pedagogical areas of excellence designed to provide postdoctoral fellows with core AI technical competencies; and

Co-mentoring to bridge the gap between STEM and AI, including at least one STEM faculty as the primary mentor and nominator, and a second AI/method faculty in the role of co-mentor.

Schmidt AI in Science Postdocs also receive comprehensive foundational training in scientific leadership, research ethics, professional development, and other critical skills to complement the Program’s AI curriculum. In addition, they are encouraged to engage with the DEI initiative or program of their choice at UC San Diego.

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