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UW + Amazon Science Hub

The University of Washington and Amazon are partnering to launch the Science Hub to advance the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics in a collaborative and inclusive environment.

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Call for Amazon Fellowship Applications 2022

The Science Hub invites doctoral students who are pursuing research in robotics and adjacent areas in AI to apply to the UW + Amazon Science Hub Fellowship. The fellowships will provide each selected doctoral graduate student with three quarters of funding to pursue independent research projects. In addition, the fellows will have an opportunity to take part in paid summer internships at Amazon, gaining valuable industry insight and experience through direct engagement with Amazon researchers. Awardees will be known as Amazon Fellows.

Students must be in good standing and have exhibited outstanding academic performance to be eligible for a fellowship. Additionally, students must be in the second, third, or fourth year of their PhD program when receiving the fellowship. First, second, or third year PhD students are eligible to apply.

Currently accepting fellowship applications

Submissions are due on June 15, 2022. More details about the application process and timeline are below.

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Application materials and deadlines

Students will be required to submit a current CV (maximum of 2 pages), a personal statement (maximum of 2 pages), and their research title and short synopsis. Two letters of recommendation are required; one from the student's faculty advisor, the other from a faculty member at UW or another institution. 

Deadlines

Submissions due: June 15, 2022

Eligibility

Students must be in good standing and have exhibited outstanding academic performance to be eligible for a fellowship. Additionally, students must be in the second, third, or fourth year of their PhD program when receiving the fellowship. First, second, or third year PhD students are eligible to apply.

 

Overview of Funding Opportunities

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Gift-funded research projects

This funding call is currently accepting applications. 

The Science Hub welcomes proposals from UW faculty and research scientists with principal investigator status. Under this funding mechanism, the Science Hub is looking for cutting-edge and exploratory projects for a period of one year. Researchers with approved proposals will receive seed funding up to $100k. Awards are structured as unrestricted gifts to the principal investigator. Each gift funded proposal will be subject to 5% assessment per UW Administrative Policy (APS) 36.2. Seed funding is meant to develop innovative basic or use-inspired research direction in one or more fields related to Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, including their societal impacts. Seed projects may have the potential for renewal for additional funding, or may lead to sponsored research funding with one or more Amazon units.

Doctoral student fellowships

This funding call is currently accepting applications.

On a regular basis, the Science Hub will welcome graduate students to apply to the UW + Amazon Science Hub Fellowship. Selected candidates will receive funding for three quarters to pursue independent research projects at UW. Awards will usually include funding for tuition, stipend and reasonable research expenses. Top applicants will also be given an opportunity to take part in paid summer internships at Amazon.

Sponsored research projects

This funding call is not open at this time.

The Science Hub welcomes faculty proposals for basic research or use-inspired research, including direct and timely applications to ongoing interests at Amazon, or longer-term research and development. Recipients may be matched with Amazon researchers for direct collaboration. Call for sponsored research projects operate on a continuous basis.

Joint advisory committee

Joshua Smith, UW Director of the Science Hub
Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professor in Entrepreneurial Excellence, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Ashis Banerjee
Associate Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Maya Cakmak
Robert E. Dinning Career Development Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Maryam Fazel
Moorthy Family Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Nia Jetter
Senior Principal Technologist, Robotics AI, Amazon

Michael Wolf, Science Hub Research Liaison
Principal, Applied Science, Robotics AI, Amazon