Summer Scholar Program - Graduate Institute

Get paid to strengthen your knowledge and learn new skills! Positions are being offered in both Sydney and Canberra for this scholarship program.

Do you have excellent academic record and programming skills? Do you have a genuine passion for making the world a better place? Gradient Institute  is a small not-for-profit research institute and registered charity progressing the research, design, development, and adoption of ethical artificial intelligence systems. Their Summer Scholar program is offering positions in Canberra and Sydney for a period of 10-12 weeks over November 2021 to February 2022.

The scholarship will run for 10-12 weeks over late November 2021 and late February 2022, during which you need to be available to work 35 hours per week. 

You’ll be working with our team of world-class researchers and practitioners who are actively helping people in the business and scientific communities understand what constitutes responsible machine learning and AI, and how to translate it into practice.

Women students and students with underrepresented genders in STEM are encouraged to apply.

Possible project areas


Visualising AI design trade-off

AI systems typically harm and benefit different people in different ways. Part of deploying responsible AI is ensuring that the people responsible for the system can make informed and accountable choices about how these harms and benefits are distributed. Gradient Institute is building decision-support visualisations and tools to support this process. 

Responsible AI assessments

 Understanding the ethical risks of an existing or planned AI system requires careful assessment of its design, the data it ingests, the people with which it interacts, and how it is governed. Gradient Institute is developing processes and tools to help conduct such assessments.

Secure and robust AI development tools

Building ethically aware AI systems entails working with sensitive data about people. Gradient institute is building tools to manipulate, test and process data in secure environments, with on-the-fly decryption built-in.



Causal inference for understanding impact

Deploying AI systems responsibly requires understanding the impacts they have. Gradient Institute is developing tools and techniques for using causal inference to better understand and control these impacts.

How do I apply for this opportunity?

To apply for this program, please head on to Summer Scholar 2021-2022 - Gradient Institute

Application closing date

15 August 2021
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