OBVIA and IVADO are offering a scholarship to a student in Master’s degree program with thesis to work on issues of power, inequality and discrimination in artificial intelligence (AI) specific to indigenous peoples.
This scholarship aims to encourage the development of new knowledge on the social impact of AI on Indigenous Peoples, particularly on issues related to existing inequalities or risks of discrimination in the development and deployment of AI systems. It encourages interdisciplinary research projects, mobilizing indigenous knowledge and methodologies, and/or in partnership with stakeholders/communities impacted by AI.
Attend the online information session to learn the details of the award and to ask questions.
November 2, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Be enrolled or have an offer of admission and plan to register full-time in a Master’s degree program with thesis in the province of Quebec;
- Be a graduate in a discipline related to digital intelligence or social sciences;
- Be supervised by either:
- A professor from one of the following universities: Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, or McGill University (If you are a professor at McGill University, you can be a supervisor provided that you are also a full member of one of our IVADO research groups (Mila, CIRRELT, GERAD, CERC Data Science for Real-Time Decision Making, CRM, Tech3Lab))
- or by an OBVIA research member.
- Relevance of the research project presented and its link to issues of power, inequality and discrimination in AI for indigenous populations;
- Quality of the academic record (publications, presentations, other achievements, communication skills, ability to adapt to different contexts and to converse across disciplines, implications in society and academic results) and adequacy of the experience with the project proposal
- Quality of the project (precision, assumptions, methodology);
- Involvement of stakeholders and impacted communities;
- Impact of the project.
In the case of equal application, priority will be given to Indigenous students
Other responsibilities of the student in relation to the scholarship
- Share research results effectively with a variety of audiences (academic papers, editorials, opinion pieces, blogs, conferences, interviews, etc.);
- Develop meaningfull relationships with Indigenous stakeholders/communities concerned with issues of bias and discrimination in AI;
- Publish research results in scientific reviews;
- Contribute to OBVIA and IVADO events and training activities;
- Work in collaboration with OBVIA and IVADO researchers and advisors;
- Complete the Ethics+EDI training in digital intelligence offered by IVADO.
Funding and Duration
IVADO offers financial support of up to $10,000 to cover travel expenses related to the research project, for the full duration of the funding (2 years).
OBVIA offers financial support of up to $10,000 for specific needs related to the research (e.g., disability requiring attendant services or adapted transportation, childcare services, etc.) for the entire duration of the funding (2 years).
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Submitting an application
The application, including the application form the requested documents must be submitted in a single email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.
(1) The applicant must indicate on the application form:
- General identifying information;
- Project title, description and relevance of the project with regard to the purpose of this scholarship;
- Supervisor’s informations;
- Information about academic background, awards and honors obtained;
- Written papers and presentations;
- Participation in research projects and training courses;
(2) The applicant must submit the following documents with the application form:
- A cover letter demonstrating awareness of Indigenous realities;
- A copy of the diplomas obtained and university transcripts for all years of university studies completed or not (certificate, diploma, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, etc.) (combined in a single .pdf file);
- Two letters of support, including a letter from the professor agreeing to supervise the applicant;
- Acknowledgements from the publisher, if applicable, for all papers accepted for publication, papers and abstracts in past or future conferences (combined in one .pdf file). For previously published papers, please provide the list of references in the form.
Application opening: October 15, 2021
Application deadline: December 10, 2021
Notification of results: February 14, 2022