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Ph.D. Fellowship: Diversity in AI for Good

| Greater NYC Area

We’re launching a 3 to 6 month fellowship for full-time Ph.D. students. As a recipient, you will have the opportunity to work on a project involving diverse, national nonprofits and global NGOs that are dedicated to fostering human development, empowerment and assistance/aid, such as the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, CARE USA, Mercy Corps, and others. You will be able to work on a project that influences and shapes products used directly by first responders (e.g., NYC Emergency Management) who require real-time information and context on breaking events, so that they can mobilize and respond quickly. And you’ll be able to work on projects that support humanitarian assistance being delivered in diverse settings and locations worldwide.

Who we are:

We are Dataminr. We deliver real-time, actionable alerts that are derived from vast amounts of publicly available information. Our clients are the first to know about high-impact events and critical breaking information, giving them the opportunity to act faster and stay one step ahead when every second counts. We are a mission-driven company committed to the power of real-time information as a force for good in the world.

Our groundbreaking AI and machine learning technology cuts through the noise in an increasingly complex landscape by detecting, classifying, and determining the significance of public information. Headquartered in NYC, Dataminr has revolutionized the way that global news, finance, public sector, corporate security and PR/communications professionals know and act on critical, relevant information to protect people, assets and brands.

Along the way, we've grown to over 450 talented employees across six global offices, raised over $570 million from leading venture and growth technology investors, and been referred to as the “super tool of journalists and hedge funds.” We’ve received numerous awards and accolades from our clients, including recognition from CNBC as one of the world’s 50 most disruptive private technology companies in 2016 and joining Forbes’ definitive list of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world, in 2017 and 2018.

A career at Dataminr offers the ability to make a meaningful impact at a rapidly growing tech company with a startup culture, while being supported by the experience of a company founded in 2009. We value ownership, curiosity and drive on an individual level and live these values every day. We empower everyone to have a voice at the table and regularly invest in professional development. Our culture promotes cross team interaction, work-life balance and the sharing of information and ideas because it enables us to do our best work and have fun.

Who You Are:

You are a full-time Ph.D. student looking for an exciting and rewarding fellowship experience at a mission-driven tech startup in New York City. Your research project will focus specifically on your areas of expertise and you will gain insightful guidance from our team as well as real world application of your work. Take this opportunity to use your expertise and research to enhance Dataminr’s position as a force for good in the world!

Program Overview:

  • 3 to 6 month Fellowship Program in our New York City Headquarters.
  • Ability to define and execute a tailored research project to create immediate impact on our growing organization, involving diverse, national nonprofits and global NGOs that are dedicated to fostering human development, empowerment and assistance/aid, such as AIDS Healthcare Foundation, CARE USA, Mercy Corps, and others. Work on crisis management projects, or humanitarian assistance projects.
  • Hands on research at a top tier NYC startup working on the hardest problems in AI.
  • Competitive pay stipend, and an additional lump sum grant of $10,000.
  • Mentorship and professional development opportunities (working directly with the sponsoring executives, scientists, engineers, and other stakeholders).
  • Ability to publish the results of the fellowship work in a top-tier academic venue.


  • Must be enrolled in a full-time Ph.D. program.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion.

Application Process:

  • 1 Page (max) Research Proposal, by January 30th, 2019 (earlier applications encouraged) including the following:
    • Title of Project
    • Motivation. Why is this project important?
    • Use: How would the outcomes of the project be used?
    • Metrics: How will success of the project be measured?
    • Technical Approach: We’re not looking for solutions at this stage, but we do want insights into the technical approach you’re interested in pursuing.
    • Interest: Why are you interested in this fellowship?
    • Availability for the fellowship: indicate potential length and start/end dates.
    • Technical references (optional): if you include references, you may do so on a separate page.
  • Include contact information of the applicant’s Ph.D. advisor. A reference letter will be required.
  • Note that submitting to the fellowship does not preclude applications to our internship program.
  • Questions can be addressed to: [email protected]

Dataminr is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Individuals seeking employment at Dataminr are considered without regards to race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetics, marital status, pregnancy, unemployment status, sexual orientation, citizenship status or veteran status.

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