The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, a program of Schmidt Sciences, aims to accelerate the next scientific revolution by applying AI to research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).



New methods in advanced computing and AI are increasingly contributing to revolutionary tools in scientific research and discovery. However, the current adoption of AI in scientific and engineering research is slow, unevenly distributed, and inconsistent. Better use of AI in science can help researchers ask better questions and find quicker and deeper answers.


The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship will seek to change how science is done by accelerating the incorporation of AI techniques into the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematical science (STEM), providing access to AI tools and training to the sharpest minds on the frontlines of scientific innovation. The Fellowship adds to Schmidt Sciences’ efforts of more than $400M and counting to support talent that is developing and using AI in innovative ways to make the world better. 


The Fellowship program will initially support approximately 160 postdoctoral Fellows across nine universities around the world each year, to learn and apply AI methods to their research. Each university site will select a new cohort, comprised of up to 20 Fellows, annually for up to six years. Universities joining the program will provide advanced AI training, funded research support, and professional development opportunities –– both to shape research in their own departments and to help build a global network of AI-trained scientists. 


Expanding the Schmidt Sciences portfolio of AI programs like AI2050, AI Accelerator, and more, this Fellowship will broaden the range of human capabilities by supporting new approaches to scientific discovery and innovation through the rapid combination of AI methods towards STEM research. The Fellowship aims to create breakthroughs across a range of scientific fields –– from creating new drugs to fight disease, to detecting some of the faintest objects in the solar system, to helping produce and store energy more efficiently.

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Participating Universities

In its inaugural year, the program is supporting fellows at nine universities across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Singapore, with plans to expand to additional countries in the future.

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