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Fulbright Award in Artificial Intelligence Ethics / Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP)

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

The recipient of this award is expected to collaborate in the project "Artificial Intelligence and the Common Good" (AICG) which will be launched at Universidade Católica Portuguesa in order to study the ethics of artificial intelligence.

The project will promote inter-university collaboration between scholars from U.S. universities and scholars at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. The goal is to study, write, and publish about "human-centered" Artificial Intelligence – an ethical ideal that aims to offer guidelines for the implementation of A.I. in order to safeguard distinctively human knowledge, skills, and capacities, and to respect the dignity of the human person, in contrast to a manipulative human-machine relationship that substitutes mechanical processes of human judgement, weakens social ties, and undermines individual agency, in the interest of a small technological elite.

This research group will study ethical questions relating to Artificial Intelligence, including the following: 

  • how to maintain democratic norms of transparency and accountability in an age of “black box” A.I. systems;
  • how to approach the problem of A.I. driven unemployment and inequality; 
  • whether A.I. is weakening independent human judgement and skills; 
  • the problems of algorithmic bias; and 
  • what moral limits should be placed on the use of A.I.: technologies such as workplace surveillance, social robotics, hyper-targeted advertising, facial recognition cameras, and emotion-reading technology.

Moral philosophers influenced by the Catholic intellectual tradition have at their disposal a rich concept of the human person – including conceptions of the ethical virtues and ideals of community life and social practices oriented to human goods. This tradition can help to define and deepen our notion of human-centered A.I., and to recognize the dangers posed by un-ethical, or “runaway” A.I. systems.

The recipient of this award will contribute to the research with this project, as well as to participate in research seminars and other conferences to disseminate the findings of the project.

Scholars selected for this award will be required to:
  • Advise and/or mentor students
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
  • Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
  • Participate in a two-week group seminar
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Award Length
4 months
Award Dates

Starting in September, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Information Sciences/Systems
Political Science
Areas of Interest

While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in Scholars from any of these particular areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Ethics and Moral Philosophy
  • Data Science
  • Moral Psychology
  • Human Rights
Special Features

The host will contribute with €750/month for housing expenses and will provide assistance in finding housing. 

The host institution will provide computer facilities, internet access and e-mail, office space and secretarial assistance.

Application Deadline
Activity Type
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.

Senior Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

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Program Staff
Aferdita Krasniqi
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

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