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The power of artificial intelligence holds promise as a new frontier for cancer research. Thanks to a generous gift from one of the first George Edgecomb Society donors, Moffitt and the University of South Florida are now offering a PhD fellowship opportunity for a minority student to make a mark in this important field.

The student who receives the AI for Cancer Research Fellowship will enroll in USF’s doctoral Electrical Engineering program and conduct research at Moffitt Cancer Center on medical applications using artificial intelligence and machine learning. The student will be supervised jointly by a Moffit Machine Learning Department faculty member and a USF Electrical Engineering faculty member. The student will receive a financial package of more than $40,000 per year for four years, including tuition waivers.

The fellowship is designed for students from underrepresented groups, with a strong interest in attracting female and Black applicants because of their historic underrepresentation in advanced biomedical technologies and oncology research.

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Moffitt - USF Diversity Fellowship: AI for Cancer Research

Are you interested in learning state-of-the-art AI/machine learning algorithms and contributing to cancer research?

The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and University of South Florida (USF) are seeking applications to the AI for Cancer Research Fellowship for individuals from underrepresented groups. The preference will be for African American/Black female applicants to foster increased diversity of this historically underrepresented group in AI and Cancer Research. 

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The selected candidate will be enrolled in the PhD in Electrical Engineering (EE) program at USF and conduct research on medical applications of AI, focusing on cancer research, under the joint supervision of a USF EE faculty member and a Moffitt faculty member. The fellowship will include a financial package of more than $40,000/year for a duration of at least 4 years. The benefits include annually a 12-month stipend ($29,120/year), tuition waivers, and student insurance coverage. Candidates may also qualify for additional funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) and other sources in the College of Engineering to support their personal wellbeing and professional development. 

Please contact Chris S. Ferekides, Professor and Chair in the USF Department of Electrical Engineering at with your CV/resume for additional information and application details.