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Strengthening capacity for Africa’s next generation of responsible Artificial Intelligence leaders

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ABSTRACT

The scholarship program aims to strengthen the next generation of AI leaders, academics, and innovators in Africa who are focused on advancing responsible artificial intelligence innovation for achieving the sustainable development goals. Through this project, the African Centre for Technology Studies will support the administration and execution of two scholarship activities:

  1. A Ph.D. Scholarships and
  2. The Emerging Scholars Program.

It will aim to strengthen African Public Universities’ capacity to support leading multi-disciplinary research in responsible AI, with a particular focus on institutions in low and lower middle-income countries. Specific strategies will be taken to increase the diversity of perspectives in the field of responsible artificial intelligence in Africa, increasing the representation of women and linguistic minorities in cutting edge technology development. 

GENERAL OBJECTIVE:

Foster the next generation of African artificial intelligence (AI) talent needed to meet a growing demand for research and development in responsible AI through the Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) Africa scholarship program. 

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:

  • Strengthen the capacity of young and emerging researchers to conduct high-quality research at the intersection of artificial intelligence and machine learning and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Strengthen African Public Universities’ capacity to support leading multi-disciplinary research in responsible artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on institutions in low and lower middle-income countries. 
  • Increase the diversity of perspectives in the field of responsible artificial intelligence in Africa, focusing on increased gender balance and francophone participation.

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