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Research Ready is a new summer internship programme that will offer insights into AI research to students from under-represented backgrounds.

During a paid eight-week research placement, students on the programme will get the chance to experience life as a graduate student and gain insight into cutting-edge AI research.

Applications for the programme are now open. The deadline for applying is Monday 19 February 2024.

Research Ready is a perfect way for students from under-represented groups to get a taste of postgraduate research.

Professor Tim Jones

The Research Ready programme is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents who are studying/studied at a UK or Republic of Ireland university for their undergraduate degree, and who have the potential to become the future of research in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

The programme is supported via the Google DeepMind Research Ready funding stream and aims to help build a stronger, more diverse and inclusive global AI community.

Run by ourselves – the University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology – the programme offers participants a paid eight-week research placement from 8 July to 30 August 2024.

Professor Tim Jones, who chairs the Department’s outreach initiative, says: "We are really excited about this new programme, which has been made possible thanks to the support of Google DeepMind.

"We are keen to widen participation across all our courses and Research Ready is a perfect way for students from under-represented groups to get a taste of postgraduate research."

Students will work with a researcher in our Department on a project related to AI. They’ll also be mentored by a current PhD student here who can support them throughout the programme.

While undertaking a research project, students will also be able to attend:

  • talks from academics working on AI,
  • workshops on research skills, and
  • information, advice and guidance sessions on topics such as postgraduate university applications, wellbeing and career advice.

Applicants need not have any previous experience of conducting research, however those who have an interest in postgraduate study will benefit most from this programme. It is designed to:

  • give students the opportunity to experience life as a postgraduate researcher at
    the University of Cambridge; 
  • support them in developing their research skills; 
  • enhance their ability to make a competitive application for postgraduate
    courses and funding; 
  • highlight opportunities for postgraduate study and research careers in AI; 
  • give them the opportunity to engage with inspiring research staff and other

As a Department of the University of Cambridge, we are committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality. This supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity.





Published by Rachel Gardner on Tuesday 16th January 2024