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Deadline: 2 September 2022

DeepMind, an Alphabet / Google company and a world leader in the field of artificial intelligence research and its applications in the real world, has donated scholarship funding for four Wits students to complete their Masters degrees in the field of machine learning.

The scholarships will fund students registering for MSc degrees in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, orRobotics in the academic years between 2022 and 2024. The spirit of the donation and the DeepMind Scholarships is to increase diversity in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and to increase the representation of the groups currently most underrepresented in these fields.

The scholarships, known as the DeepMind Scholarships, will only be awarded to students who would not be able to take up their studies without financial assistance. Preference will also be afforded to South African citizens from underrepresented groups, including black students and women. It will also be open to international students, with a preference to residents of Sub-Saharan African states.


The Scholarships will provide tuition fees, a stipend, plus conference and equipment funding for two Masters students who aim to complete their degree through dissertation over two years, as well as for two students who enrol in a Master’s programme through coursework and dissertation over two years.


Use this online form to apply apply for a DeepMind Scholarship towards either a research or coursework MSc in machine learning at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, starting in January 2023:

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for online interviews, and their references will be contacted. Awarded scholarships will be conditioned on formal acceptance into full-time postgraduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, with a research topic focusing on machine learning to be approved by the scholarship committee.

In participating in the DeepMind scholarships programme, Wits University joins world-leading universities in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence such as the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, New York University and University College London, and is one of only three African universities selected to host DeepMind Scholarships, alongside Stellenbosch University and Makerere University.

Scholars get their Masters' fees paid in full, as well as guidance and support from a personal DeepMind mentor. Professor Benjamin Rosman, associate professor in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Wits says the scholarships will become a much-needed platform and launchpad to the careers of some of the country’s most talented students in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Wits. For enquiries, please email him at

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