Applications Invited for Global Fellowship Programme on AI and Market Power

Catherine Miller, Director, European AI & Society Fund

The European Artificial Intelligence and Society Fund, a philanthropic initiative set up to shape the direction of Artificial intelligence, is inviting applications from all over the world for the Global Fellowship Programme on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Market Power. The Fellowship programme will support investigative research and critical analysis into the political economy of large-scale AI systems and aims to sharpen the collective understanding of market concentration in the AI ecosystem.

Fellows will carry out investigative research and critical analysis on one or more of the following topics:  

• The nature of the partnerships between firms developing large-scale AI and infrastructure actors.
• The business models of large-scale AI systems providers.
• The impacts of concentration and abuse of market power by incumbent firms on third-party application developers and business deployers.
• The avenues for challenging market power.

The aim of the fellows’ investigations and research is to inform the work of regulators including competition authorities, legislators, start-ups, and other impacted businesses as they contend with market power dynamics in the complex ecosystem of large-scale AI.

The European AI and Society Fund will create opportunities for fellows to collaborate, learn from each other, and engage with the broader AI and society ecosystem, as well as support the dissemination of their outcomes. The fellowships will be administered by the Institute of International Education and supported by the Open Society Foundations.

The Fellowship Programme is open to applicants from around the world with a broad diversity of skills, expertise, and backgrounds. People with journalistic experience, strong investigative skills including Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT), as well as fluency in market and technical research are encouraged to apply.

The Programme will award fellowships to individual investigators/researchers or interdisciplinary teams of up to 3 investigators/researchers with complementary skills. The individuals can be hosted by an institution or be independent actors.

The total budget for the fellowships is $500,000, with individual grants up to $70,000. Larger amounts may be considered in exceptional cases.

To apply, prospective fellows should complete the application form, including a 500 – 1000-word proposal, a professional biography, a budget, and a timeline for completion with key deliverables and milestones.

The deadline for submission of applications is July 8, 2024, 23:59 CET.

All applicants will be informed of selection outcomes no later than September 16, 2024.

Fellows are expected to begin their work no later than December 7, 2024, and complete their work no later than December 31, 2025.

For more details on the application, please visit