Koç University AI PhD Fellowships

Deadline: 1 June 2021
Open to: applicants of all ages and from all countries who have a BSc or MSc in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related fields
Benefits:  full tuition waiver (100% tuition scholarship) for the PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at Koç University for the duration of studies, monthly stipend


The Koç University-Iş Bankası Artificial Intelligence Research Center (KUIS AI) was established in early 2020 to create a center of excellence in Turkey and the region in the emerging field of artificial intelligence. The Center has 15+ core faculty and 20+ affiliated faculty from multiple disciplines, including engineering, medicine, economics, management, basic and social sciences. The core faculty comes from the College of Engineering at Koç University, which has established itself as a key contributor to AI-related technologies in a short amount of time, helping to attract faculty members from top institutions and boasting a select body of alumni.

Research areas at the center include autonomous driving, bioinformatics, computer vision, deep learning, intelligent interaction, interpretability/explainability, multi-media processing, natural-language processing, reinforcement learning, representation learning, robotics and more.

Located in Istanbul, Turkey, Koç University is a non-profit, research-intensive, selective admissions university that provides a world-class education in English. It offers top quality undergraduate and graduate programs in Engineering, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business and Medicine to the best students from Turkey and abroad. Koç University has been ranked 1st in Turkey by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 and the QS World University Rankings 2021 and is among the top 250 universities worldwide for Engineering (THE Subject Rankings 2021).


KUIS AI is looking for talented and motivated students (MSc and direct applications to PhD after BSc) to do research in all aspects of theoretical and applied Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Applicants from all countries and all ages are welcome to apply but MUST meet the following criteria in order to be shortlisted for interview:

  • Completed or will complete by summer 2021 a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related engineering or basic science fields in a reputable university in their country or internationally with a high GPA
  • Has mathematical maturity (Linear Algebra and Probability) and good programming skills.
  • Has taken or will take the GRE test before June 2021
  • Has taken or will take the TOEFL iBT/CAE/PTE English proficiency test before June 2021
  • Can request 2-3 recommendation letters (preferably from academic referees)
  • Can provide a well written Statement of Purpose articulating their interest in the field of AI, skills and future career goals


Full tuition waiver (100% tuition scholarship) for the PhD in Computer Science and Engineering for the duration of studies

Monthly stipend: starting salary: 4000 TL/mo for MS, 6000 TL/mo for PhD students)

Performance bonus: salary raise after a qualified publication as first author: 1000 TL/mo for MS, 1500 TL/mo for PhD)

Travel grant: full support for the first conference to be determined by the advisor and full support for subsequent top-tier conference publications

Computation grant: a laptop, full access to Koc University High Performance Computing cluster and cloud support as needed.

Other benefits: Student housing based on availability or 1000 TL/mo housing aid. All students receive private health insurance and subsidy for meals.

How to apply?

Guides and instruction how to apply, online link for application, link to official website, official e-mail address.

The AI fellowship is awarded to qualified MS and PhD students. Students follow the regular Koç University Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering application process for the PhD or Master degree in Computer Science and Engineering or Computational Sciences and Engineering.

There is no separate application for the fellowship. The fellowship candidates are nominated by the faculty and recipients are determined by a written exam and an in-person interview. The fellowship exam is a take-home exam testing basic math (probability, linear algebra) and programming skills.

Please check the links below to find out all details before preparing and submitting your application

Koç University-Iş Bankası Artificial Intelligence Research Center website: https://ai.ku.edu.tr/

Follow the center on Twitter to check out recent podcasts, blogs and more: https://twitter.com/KuisAICenter

Suscribe to the center on YouTube to check out recent talks and more https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3zQG-qRHF_Zl39c0kO5nZw

Application requirements: https://gsse.ku.edu.tr/en/admissions/application-requirements/

Application deadlines: https://gsse.ku.edu.tr/en/admissions/application-deadlines/

Application form: https://apply.ku.edu.tr/

Computer Science and Engineering program: https://gsse.ku.edu.tr/en/graduate-programs/computer-science-and-engineering/program-overview/

For any enquiries please contact study@ku.edu.tr (international applicants) FAO of Ms Melissa Abache, International Student Recruitment Director, Koç University