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The 10 Fellows below were chosen from more than 450 applicants. Each will receive $5,000 to pursue their project, no strings attached.
In addition to the ten fellows, 36 finalists are listed below.
Can anyone apply?
Yes – any age, any country, no credentials required.
What type of project qualifies?
Any project in AI, large or small, as long as you release your work under the MIT or Apache 2.0 license. If possible, any datasets employed should also be released.
As for what qualifies as "AI," I'm open-minded. Your project can be:
…or anything else that feels like AI.
How will you select the winners?
I'm looking for smart people with interesting ideas that could be useful to the world. I'll pay extra attention to projects that seem like they won't get funded another way.
Some friends who know a lot about AI will help review applications (if you know a lot about AI and want to help review applications, email me!)
I have a job. Can I still apply?
Yes! Anyone can apply. You just need to make sure that your employer will let you release your work under the MIT or Apache 2.0 license.
Can teams apply?
Yes. Multiple people can apply together as a team. Please fill out a single application, but provide background information for each person in the team. You should designate a lead person to coordinate the interview as well as receive and distribute/spend the money.
How does it work if I win?
I'll give you 50% up front. I'll check in with you before sending the second half. Then I'll do a follow-up phone call and/or email at the end to hear how it went.
I'll publish a list of all the winners on aigrant.org after they've been selected, and maybe when the projects complete, or reach interesting milestones.
During the project, you don't need to make regular reports on your progress (though I'd be happy to hear from you).
How do I apply?
We're not currently accepting applications. To be alerted when the next round opens, please sign up for our mailing list.
How do I get the money?
I can send you the money via PayPal, wire transfer, or bitcoin.
I love this idea and I want to help! Can I provide additional funding, hardware, GPU time, datasets, mentorship, or help reviewing applications?
Yes! 🙏 Thank you for being awesome! If you want to contribute in any way, please email me.
Are you doing this as part of a company?
Nope, this is just me. The money is an unrestricted personal gift. It's not an equity investment or loan, I won't own any of your intellectual property, and there's no contract to sign.
Will this be a regular thing?
It looks that way! Sign up to receive future announcements.
Where did you get the idea to do this?
This post is inspired by, and directly borrows many elements from Nadia Eghbal's amazing no-strings-attached grant program. Thanks, Nadia!