Stellenbosch University DeepMind Postgraduate Scholarships 2023 for African Students

The first DeepMind Postgraduate Scholarships in Africa are coming to Stellenbosch University.

Deadline: August 31, 2022

About the award: The expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning in the African continent is getting a major boost thanks to prestigious scholarships awarded for postgraduate studies in applied mathematics, statistics, electrical and electronic engineering and computer science in Stellenbosch University (SU).

SU is the first African university to receive these grants from DeepMind, a London-based global leader in artificial intelligence research and its application in the real world. DeepMind was founded in London in 2010, and the DeepMind grants are part of a broader initiative by the company to broaden participation in science and support the wider research ecosystem, including in Africa.

The MSc in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence is a one-year structured master’s program at Stellenbosch University, designed for students with strong mathematical and computational backgrounds. It will equip you with the basics of ML and AI, plus a range of advanced techniques and concepts at the forefront of research in these fields.

These scholarships are available to students from across sub-Saharan Africa who wish to undertake research related to machine learning, with recipients selected by the university to begin their courses in 2022. The DeepMind Scholarship program gives talented students from groups that are currently underrepresented in machine learning, including women, the support they need to study at leading universities. Fees are paid in full and recipients receive guidance and support from DeepMind mentors.

Type: Masters, PhD (research-based)


Scholarships are open to anyone from Africa. Preference will be given to applicants from groups across the continent that are underrepresented in the global machine learning landscape. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for online interviews. Scholarships awarded are subject to formal acceptance into full-time postgraduate studies at Stellenbosch University, with a research topic focusing on machine learning to be approved by the scholarship committee.

Eligible Countries: Sub-Saharan Africa

To be taken in (country): South Africa

Number of awards: 5

Award Value: The scholarships cover college fees, health insurance, housing, living expenses, and opportunities to participate in international conferences. Recipients will also benefit from mentorship by DeepMind researchers.

How to Apply: Yes! We have a small number of full scholarships available for students from Africa. If you’re a application for the program before 31 August you are also eligible for a scholarship. Successful candidates will be notified in September.

It is important to review all application requirements on the Award webpage (see link below) before applying.GOODLUCK

Visit the Award webpage for details

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