PROGRAMMES & FUNDING

ELLIS Amsterdam has several programmes and funding opportunities for outstanding students and faculty.

BSc and MSc Students

Through a sponsorship of Qualcomm Technologies, ELLIS Amsterdam is able to provide travel grants for BSc and MSc students of the University of Amsterdam to present their papers at top-tier ML or AI conferences.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for an ELLIS travel grant, applicants must:

          –     Be a bachelor’s or master’s student at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science

          –     Have written a paper on an ELLIS-relevant topic accepted at a top tier conference (machine learning or artificial intelligence related)

          –     Be the presenting author of the paper

MSc AI students can only apply for the ELLIS travel grant if they have also requested the MSc AI internal funding for conference visits. The ELLIS travel grant can be used as a top-up for expenses that exceed the amount funded by the programme.

More details can be found in the call. To apply, please send an application form (word/pdf) along with details on your paper and travel to ellisinfo-science@uva.nl

ELLIS offers an honours programme for talented MSc students at the University of Amsterdam, allowing them to connect with leading researchers and top-tier academics in their field. As an ELLIS honours student, you will conduct a research project supervised by two ELLIS members at different ELLIS sites, and you will make an ELLIS-sponsored visit to your co-supervisor.

Who can apply?

Excellent MSc students at the University of Amsterdam obtaining a degree in artificial intelligence, computer science, computational linguistics or related fields may apply if they satisfy the following requirements:

          –     If they apply in the second or third semester:

                         –     Have finished all courses in their first semester

                         –     GPA of at least 8.0 and no single grade lower than 7.0

          –     If they apply in the fourth semester:

                         –     Have already started their MSc thesis with an ELLIS member at the UvA

                         –     Started their research with this ELLIS member before starting their thesis

                         –     Have connected with an external supervisor at a different ELLIS site who has agreed to co-supervise their thesis

                         –     Are on track to graduate cum laude (GPA of at least 8.0 and no single grade lower than 7.0)

Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the applicant as well as the suitability of the project and collaboration, and will consider any contribution to diversity. We encourage strong applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people and members of other marginalised communities.

More details can be found in the call. To apply, please send an application form (word/pdf) along with a one-page CV, and your transcript to ellisinfo-science@uva.nl

The Amsterdam ELLIS Unit financially supports short visits of talented master’s students to the University of Amsterdam. The ELLIS Amsterdam MSc hosting programme can be used to cover up to 4,000 EUR of costs for MSc students obtaining a degree related to Artificial Intelligence to visit an ELLIS member at the UvA in the context of an existing collaboration between the UvA ELLIS member and an ELLIS member in a different country. 

Who can apply?

Note: only ELLIS members at the University of Amsterdam can apply for this programme, on behalf of the visiting master’s student that the researcher will be hosting in the context of a joint project with another ELLIS member at an ELLIS partner institution.

More details can be found in the call. To apply, ELLIS members at the University of Amsterdam can send an application form (word/pdf) along with the CV of the visiting student to ellisinfo-science@uva.nl

The ELLIS PhD & Postdoc Program supports excellent young researchers by connecting them to leading researchers across Europe and offering a variety of networking and training activities, including summer schools and workshops. ELLIS PhDs and postdocs conduct cutting-edge curiosity-driven research in machine learning or a related research area with the goal of publishing in top-tier conferences in the field.

See a list of our current ELLIS PhDs and postdocs here!

There are two two tracks within the ELLIS PhD & Postdoc Program: the academic track and the industry track. These tracks have separate requirements for admission and criteria for activity during the appointment, but otherwise offer the same benefits, network and resources to the applicant. 

Academic Track: PhDs and postdocs in the academic track are supervised by one ELLIS fellow/scholar or unit faculty, and one ELLIS fellow/scholar/member from different European countries. During their appointment, they visit the exchange institution for a minimum of 6 months (normally sponsored by the exchange institution and ELISE Mobility Grant). See the list of ELLIS Amsterdam Fellows, Scholars, and Members here.

Industry Track: PhDs and postdocs in the industry track will be part of a collaboration between an academic institution and an industry partner. The candidate will spend a minimum of 50% of their time at the academic institution, and at least 6 months (cumulative) with the industry partner. For this track, both advisors may be located in the same country. The academic advisor must be an ELLIS fellow or scholar, and the industry advisor can be an ELLIS fellow, scholar, or member*. ELLIS Amsterdam is proud to have the most industry track students of the ELLIS network, thanks to our widespread collaborations with industry through partnerships such as the Bosch-Delta and QUVA labs.

Visit ellis.eu/phd-postdoc and check out the information deck for more details about the ELLIS PhD and Postdoc Program. 

Who can apply? (MSc students in their final year)

Prospective students may apply through the central ELLIS application portal to become a PhD student within the ELLIS network (deadline once a year in November). In their application, applicants choose from a set of ELLIS research areas and indicate preferences for ELLIS fellows, scholars or unit faculty they would like to work with. Candidates will be centrally reviewed for excellence by a pool of experts; the best candidates will be eligible for the ELLIS program and may be invited for interviews by individual advisors. See ellis.eu/phd-postdoc for more information on applying.

*It is now possible for industry representatives to join the ELLIS PhD & Postdoc program as Industry Track advisors if they are not ELLIS Members, if they have already published a first-author paper together with the applying student candidate in a top-tier publication in machine learning or related sub-fields (see ellis.eu/members for a list of accepted publications).

PhDs and Postdocs

The ELLIS PhD & Postdoc Program supports excellent young researchers by connecting them to leading researchers across Europe and offering a variety of networking and training activities, including summer schools and workshops. ELLIS PhDs and postdocs conduct cutting-edge curiosity-driven research in machine learning or a related research area with the goal of publishing in top-tier conferences in the field.

See a list of our current ELLIS PhDs and postdocs here!

There are two two tracks within the ELLIS PhD & Postdoc Program: the academic track and the industry track. These tracks have separate requirements for admission and criteria for activity during the appointment, but otherwise offer the same benefits, network and resources to the applicant.

Academic Track: PhDs and postdocs in the academic track are supervised by one ELLIS fellow/scholar or unit faculty, and one ELLIS fellow/scholar/member from different European countries. During their appointment, they visit the exchange institution for a minimum of 6 months (normally sponsored by the exchange institution and ELISE Mobility Grant). See the list of ELLIS Amsterdam Fellows, Scholars, and Members here

Industry Track: PhDs and postdocs in the industry track will be part of a collaboration between an academic institution and an industry partner. The candidate will spend a minimum of 50% of their time at the academic institution, and at least 6 months (cumulative) with the industry partner. For this track, both advisors may be located in the same country. The academic advisor must be an ELLIS fellow or scholar, and the industry advisor can be an ELLIS fellow, scholar, or member*. ELLIS Amsterdam is proud to have the most industry track students of the ELLIS network, thanks to our widespread collaborations with industry through partnerships such as the Bosch-Delta and QUVA labs.

Visit ellis.eu/phd-postdoc and check out the information deck for more details about the ELLIS PhD and Postdoc Program. 

Who can apply? (Current PhDs or postdocs)

ELLIS fellows, scholars or unit faculty may nominate PhD students or postdocs who are working with them to become ELLIS PhD students or postdocs in the academic or industry track. Note that postdocs of either track are currently only recruited via nomination. Please see here for more details about the requirements and the nomination process.

*It is now possible for industry representatives to join the ELLIS PhD & Postdoc program as Industry Track advisors if they are not ELLIS Members, if they have already published a first-author paper together with the applying student candidate in a top-tier publication in machine learning or related sub-fields (see ellis.eu/members for a list of accepted publications).

The European Network of AI Excellence Centres (ELISE) is part of the EU Horizon 20201 ICT-48 portfolio, and acts as a network of AI research hubs based on the highest level of scientific research. ELISE believes that innovation stems from the continuous cross-fertilization of ideas. It has therefore created mobility programs for junior and experienced researchers to meet each other and collaborate.

The ELISE/ELLIS mobility program for PhDs and postdocs is aimed at students in the ELISE and ELLIS networks who want to initiate a collaboration with a Fellow or Member at another site. Young researchers can give their careers a head start by gaining international experience and exchanging ideas with the best labs in Europe. The ELISE/ELLIS mobility program covers travel costs of up to 2,500 EUR per researcher over the duration of their PhD or postdoc.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for the ELISE/ELLIS mobility grant, applicants must:

          –     Be conducting their PhD or postdoc at one of the ELISE partner institutions OR is an ELLIS PhD student or postdoc participating in the ELLIS PhD & Postdoc program

          –     Be supervised during their exchange by an ELLIS Fellow, Scholar or Member at the hosting institution

More details can be found on the ELISE program website and in the Terms and Conditions. To apply, applicants should fill out the application form and send it to phd@ellis.eu with the subject line: ‘Application ELISE Mobility Grant: Applicant’s Last Name’, and CC the two participating supervisors.

Applications are possible year-round, but should be submitted no later than 1 month before the starting date of the exchange visit, as they need to be processed by the ELISE and university administration. Reimbursement forms will be sent along with the decision on your application. Please note that the grant is awarded through reimbursement by the University of Amsterdam. For more information on submitting a claim for reimbursement, contact ellisinfo-science@uva.nl

Fellows and Faculty

The European Network of AI Excellence Centres (ELISE) is part of the EU Horizon 20201 ICT-48 portfolio, and acts as a network of AI research hubs based on the highest level of scientific research. ELISE believes that innovation stems from the continuous cross-fertilization of ideas. It has therefore created mobility programs for junior and experienced researchers to meet each other and collaborate.

The goal of the ELISE/ELLIS Mobility Program for Experienced Researchers is to bring ELISE/ELLIS Fellows, Scholars, and Members together by supporting their short and long-term scientific visits to initiate collaboration within the ELISE/ELLIS community. The ELISE/ELLIS mobility program covers travel costs of up to 3,000 EUR per researcher until July 31, 2023.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for the ELISE/ELLIS mobility grant, applicants must:

          –     Be an ELISE/ELLIS Fellow, Scholar, or Member

          –     Be visiting another ELISE/ELLIS Fellow, Scholar, Member, or Unit Director at a site in the ELISE/ELLIS network in or outside Europe

More details can be found on the ELISE program website and in the Terms and Conditions. To apply, applicants should fill out PART 1 of the application form at least 14 days before the start of the visit, and send it to elise-travel@ciirc.cvut.cz along with a short email from the hosting researcher supporting the application. The ELISE Fellow mobility administration will confirm the application by email.

Unit faculty at the University of Amsterdam that are organising workshops on ELLIS-related topics can apply for financial support through the ELLIS Workshop Programme. Examples of eligible workshops would be: workshops collocated with top-tier conferences, workshops organised for PhD defenses on machine learning topics, or standalone workshops organised to bring researchers from different locations in Europe together to discuss machine learning or related sub-fields.

Who can apply?

Workshop organizers may apply if they are ELLIS faculty at the University of Amsterdam OR students at the University of Amsterdam that have the participation and support of an ELLIS faculty member.

Proposals for workshops are reviewed on an individual basis. ELLIS aims to encourage diversity and inclusivity in AI and ML communities. We therefore especially encourage applications for workshops that explicitly take these values into account.

More details can be found in the call. To apply, please send an application form (word/pdf) to ellisinfo-science@uva.nl