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IIT Madras & Narayanan Family Foundation, U.S., launch Fellowship in 'AI for Social Good

IIT Madras & Narayanan Family Foundation, U.S., launch Fellowship in 'AI for Social Good

  • 9th Apr 2021
  • Press Release

CHENNAI, 9th April 2021: Indian Institute of Technology Madras' Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and AI (RBCDSAI) and Narayanan Family Foundation are collaborating to launch a Fellowship in 'Artificial Intelligence for Social Good.' The objective is to attract early career AI researchers with exceptional promise to RBCDSAI, IIT Madras.

The Fellows will be primarily drawn from recent PhD graduates or early career researchers in computer science, computational and data sciences, biomedical sciences, management, finance and other engineering branches.

Applications are now being accepted. Interested candidates can apply for the Fellowship through the following link -

RBCDSAI works with central, state and local governments besides industry and clinical sector, among many others, to gain transformative insights and actionable steps to make a credible impact on the relevant stakeholders.

Highlighting the unique aspects of this Fellowship, Prof B. Ravindran, Head, RBCDSAI-IIT Madras, said, "This fellowship is designed to enable outstanding candidates to establish their independent research profile and to contribute in a significant way to socially relevant AI research."

Further, Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations), IIT Madras, said, "We are thankful to Mr. Srinivas and the Narayanan family for setting up a revolutionary Postdoctoral Research Program in an important area of research."

Funded by the Narayanan Family Foundation, the Fellows will get a very attractive salary of Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 18 lakh (approx. US$ 20,000 - 24,000) per year depending on the experience (equivalent to Assistant Professor's starting salary at any IIT) for a non-renewable term of three years. The Fellows are also eligible for a one-time research grant of up to Rs. 30 lakh (approx. US$ 40,000).

Speaking about their objectives in launching this Fellowship, Mr. Srinivas Narayanan, Co-Founder, Narayanan Family Foundation, said, "We believe the program can bring significant benefits for society through the advancement of AI, and we are very excited to support it."

The Fellows are expected to conduct their independent research under the mentorship of the Centre in the area of AI for Social Good and will have access to high-end compute infrastructure and datasets at RBCDSAI. Interested candidates seeking additional information can write to -

RBCDSAI is a pre-eminent interdisciplinary research academic centre for Data Science and AI in India with the largest network analytics and deep reinforcement learning research groups. It also has the most active natural language processing and deep learning groups. The primary mission is to carry out fundamental research in AI and develop Data Science and AI-based innovations to a broad range of domains, including manufacturing, infrastructure, smart cities, financial inclusion, and healthcare.

RBCDSAI was founded in August 2017 with a vision to expand and further the research, education and outreach activities in the areas of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. It comprises faculty from several departments across the Institute, who carry out research in various areas of data science and artificial intelligence.