ELLIS PhD Program: Call for applications


The ELLIS PhD program is a key element of the ELLIS initiative and its goal is to foster and educate the best talent in machine learning and related research areas by pairing outstanding students with leading academic and industrial researchers in Europe. The program also offers a variety of networking and training activities, including summer schools and workshops. Each PhD student is co-supervised by one ELLIS fellow/scholar/unit faculty and one ELLIS fellow/scholar/member based in different European countries, and conducts an exchange of at least 6 months with the international advisor during their degree. One of the advisors may also come from industry, in which case the student will collaborate closely with the industry partner, and spend min. 6 months conducting research at the industrial lab.

Research areas include (but are not limited to) the following machine learning-driven research fields:

  • Machine Learning Algorithms
  • Machine Learning Theory
  • Optimization
  • Deep Learning
  • Interactive and Online Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning and Control
  • Computer Vision
  • Computer Graphics
  • Robotics
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Causality
  • Interpretability and Fairness
  • Robust and Trustworthy Machine Learning
  • Quantum and Physics-based Machine Learning
  • Symbolic Machine Learning 
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Earth and Climate Sciences
  • Bioinformatics
  • Health


Interested candidates should apply online through the ELLIS application portal by November 15th, 2021, 23:59 CET. Please read our FAQs and webpage before applying.

  • Application portal: Register at and follow the instructions in the registration email.
  • Application deadline: November 15th, 2021, 23:59 CET
  • All application documents (including reference letters, see below) must be submitted before the application deadline. Only complete applications will be considered. 
  • Timeline of the selection procedure: review (November/December 2021), interviews (January/February 2022), decisions (late February - March 2022)

ELLIS values diversity and seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented. We therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. We are also committed to recruiting more people living with disabilities and strongly encourage them to apply.