Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, the Montreal AI Ethics Institute (MAIEI) is now accepting fellowship applications for our inaugural 2019-2020 cohort. MAIEI will select individuals from around the world for a one-year, non-residential program designed to amplify their work on the impact of artificial intelligence in society.
We especially encourage individuals with non-traditional backgrounds working at the intersection of technology and the social sciences to apply!
Fellows will be able to connect with MAIEI’s vibrant community of research and practice comprised of individuals who are engaging in collaborative, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral exploration of some of the most important and compelling issues around the societal impact of AI.
Applications will be accepted until Sunday March 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
We invite applications from people working on a broad range of opportunities and challenges related to the societal impacts of AI, which may overlap with ongoing work at MAIEI. We are also open to exposing our community to new opportunities and approaches and so, we welcome applications from non-traditional backgrounds.
This includes, but is not limited to, software engineers, scholars and researchers from all fields, as well as artists, philosophers and practitioners of all backgrounds, committed to understanding and advancing the public interests of the societal impact of AI.
Please email responses for
Questions 1-3 to
by the deadline of Sunday March 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
(Reference letters should also be received by this deadline.)
Please indicate the following in the
subject line of your application email:
[NAME] Application - MAIEI Fellowship 2019-2020
The application for the MAIEI Fellowship
Program consists of the following 4 items.
Answers to each of the following questions should be no more than 500 words each:
1. What is the applied experiment that you
will embark on as part of the MAIEI Fellowship?
Make sure to include details on the potential impact, methodology, and long-lasting artifacts created.
2. What operational measures and supports would you seek in the MAIEI Fellowship Program to help you realize the full potential of your applied experiment?
3. What are the skills and areas of expertise that you bring to MAIEI that can help others in the fellowship program amplify their work?
4. How would you help MAIEI in achieving our stated goal of defining humanity’s place in a world increasingly defined by algorithms?
Please articulate your long-term vision for the societal impact of AI and the role you see organizations such as MAIEI playing in this future.
(Optional) 5. Please share any other relevant information that will help us effectively evaluate your application for the MAIEI Fellowship Program.
6. A current resume or C.V.
7. Links or attachments to relevant work. For written documents, please share links or attach .pdfs. Video content including lectures, interviews, podcasts, etc., will also be considered.
8. Two letters of recommendation, sent directly from the reference to email@example.com
Please let your references know to indicate the following in the subject line:
[NAME] Recommendation - MAIEI Fellowship 2019-2020
“The Montreal AI Ethics Institute’s mission is to help define humanity’s place in a world increasingly characterized and driven by algorithms. We do this by creating tangible and applied technical and policy research in the ethical, safe and inclusive development of AI.”
The key differentiator of our program is our focus on applied experiments. The creation of concrete technical and policy measures when it comes to addressing ethical, safety and inclusivity concerns in AI development and deployment is crucial to the MAIEI vision.
We highly encourage field experiments that include communities that will be impacted. We believe it is important to leverage the insights that surface through immersion. Patience, curiosity and due diligence are key when it comes to creating valuable artifacts and tools for others to use in their work. As the societal impacts of AI continue to evolve, we expect that new areas of interest will emerge.
Some broad topics of interest at MAIEI include, but are not limited to: Social inclusion in AI, Mission-driven AI, AI Ethics in Medicine, Algorithms in Politics, the Malicious use of AI, Embedding values into machines, Algorithmic Discrimination, Algorithmic Impact Assessments, and Data Privacy and Access Controls.
Successful candidates for the MAIEI Fellowship Program will embody the following qualities and responsibilities:
Sharing responsibility for creating a supportive and collaborative community of Fellows;
Contributing to, as well as challenging each other’s work with the goal of achieving measurable impact by the end of the year;
Collaborating with MAIEI throughout the fellowship program to evaluate and refine the program for future cohorts.
We operate on a 3-pronged approach when it comes to evaluating the impact of the work emerging from the MAIEI Fellowship Program:
Individual Impact - Measured against the stated goals and potential impact of the applied experiment as outlined at the start of the MAIEI Fellowship Program.
Fellow Impact - The success and impact of the cohort depends largely on the success of ALL the Fellows within it. Hence, empowering and supporting the work of other fellows enables your own success.
Community Impact - The creation of modular artifacts in a way that makes it accessible for others to use in their respective work.
Are you looking for specific backgrounds, technical skills, etc.?
Technical skills are not necessary for consideration for the fellowship, we believe that there is tremendous value to be yielded from external insights. Successful MAIEI fellows will come from a diversity of backgrounds and non-traditional experiences.
is the timeline for the 2019-2020 MAIEI Fellowship selection?
Applications for our 2019 Fellows class will close on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
will the 2019 Fellows class be notified?
We will notify the inaugural class of MAIEI Fellows on March 31, 2019
often do you accept applications?
We will select a Fellowship class every year
I’m not chosen, can I apply again during a future round?
Absolutely! We’d be happy to review later applications from applicants who have advanced their work.
Do I need to move to Montreal, Canada
for the year in order to be a Fellow?
No, Fellows are not asked to move anywhere to participate in the MAIEI Fellowship Program.
there are any travel requirements as part of the Fellowship Program?
Yes, there will be three occasions where Fellows will be asked to travel for in-person gatherings. The first will be in Montreal for one week in June 2019. The second and third gatherings will be two-day engagements in cities to be confirmed, scheduled for November 2019 and April 2020.
I need to cover the costs of travel for the Fellowship gatherings?
MAIEI will have a modest stipend available for transportation and accommodation for the in-person gatherings. Fellows are responsible for procuring any required visas for travel. We are happy to provide a Letter of Invitation from MAIEI.
English proficiency required?
Yes, Fellows must be fluent in spoken and written English as all programming is conducted in English.
I need to be a Canadian citizen?
No. We’re looking for a diverse group of Fellows from all over the world.
is the time commitment?
The MAIEI Fellowship is not a full-time commitment, but active and engaged participation is key to creating a meaningful fellowship experience.
MAIEI Fellows commit to:
Participating in the full programming of the three in-person Fellowship gatherings;
Devoting at least 10 hours per week towards your own applied experiment,
assisting other fellows in the program as well as attending any online meetings/programming/content with the MAIEI Fellowship Program;
we receive feedback on our application?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide personalized feedback for every application due to time constraints given the volume of applications.