The 2022-2023 Borealis AI Fellowship Program Application submission is closed.

Who can apply:
Application eligibility criteria

  • This program is suitable for students intending to pursue a PhD degree in a Canadian university in the field of machine learning (ML) or artificial intelligence (AI).

  • Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and present a sound research proposal for work related to their graduate degree.

  • The award will be administered to the winners by their university in the form of a stipend and either as one lump sum payment or in instalments at the university’s sole discretion.  

  • Winners must submit a 2-to-5-page final report to Borealis AI that outlines how this award helped them advance their studies in the field of machine learning.

  • To be considered, you must have proof of continuous enrolment at a Canadian university between January 2023-August 2023. You do not need to be enrolled in a Canadian graduate program at the time of the application, but you will be asked to provide proof of enrolment for the relevant academic year for the award to be administered. Borealis AI cannot guarantee admission to a Canadian graduate program, but the fellowship will be used to support your studies while you are attending.

  • Successful candidates may or may not have an established research record yet, depending on their year of study and how far along they are in their program. It is important that they demonstrate potential for future research work. This fellowship aims to give people more resources and opportunities to bring their research goals to fruition.

  • Successful candidates can come from any university across Canada and any visible minority or other diversity groups or underrepresented groups in AI. No more than two winners from the same university.

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How to Apply

  • Applications are now closed.

  • Transcripts: Most recent transcripts from Graduate Program (or Bachelor Degree transcripts, if this is your first year in Graduate School). English & original language – combined into one file.

  • Two letters of recommendation from those familiar with your work. You will be asked to provide contact information for your references to submit their responses.

  • CV with links to publications (if applicable).

  • Research Proposal (1,000 words maximum).

  • If you experience any technical issues please contact us here

  • Once the winners have been officially announced, the names of successful applicants will be published on our website. By accepting the award, you agree and consent to participate in announcement plans by Borealis AI (including but not limited to announcement of the winners’ names and the use of their pictures in our website, blog posts, promotion in social media posts, interviews, videos, celebration gatherings, and other promotional activities).

    You further acknowledge that you, or any third party representing you, will not be given monetary compensation for the use of these promotional materials. This promotional material maybe combined, modified or edited according to RBC’s discretion for the purposes of producing, and distributing materials related to promotions, advertisements, and communications.

    Fellowship recipients are not subject to intellectual property restrictions, unless they complete an internship with Borealis AI. Recipients, who are also interning with Borealis AI or RBC, are subject to the same intellectual property obligations as any other Borealis AI or RBC intern.

    Fellowship recipients are not subject to intellectual property restrictions, unless they complete an internship with Borealis AI. Recipients, who are also interning with Borealis AI or RBC, are subject to the same intellectual property obligations as any other Borealis AI or RBC intern.

    Borealis AI and RBC are not responsible for any part of the university admission processes nor for the issuance of Canadian study permits for international applicants.

    Borealis AI-sponsored results must explicitly credit Borealis AI. Borealis AI funding should be acknowledged in publications.

    Internships with Borealis AI are encouraged, but not guaranteed or required for fellowship recipients.

FAQ

  • Once an applicant is selected to receive one of the Borealis AI fellowships, Borealis AI contacts the applicant’s university to transfer the fellowship funds to it. The winner’s university will make a payment(s) plan and will administer the funds to the student according to its own payroll schedule.  The fellowship will be paid either in one or multiple instalments in accordance to the university regulations and will be paid in full by the end of August 2023 (or May 2023, if the winner is graduating in the summer 2023). 

  • Each fellowship is $10,000. The funds will be administered to the winners through their own university after adjudication is complete at some point in the New Year (2023).