Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI) PhD Internship 

 The Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI), Nairobi, Kenya, is looking for a PhD intern for a 6-month qualitative research project. 

The MARI is a first-of-its-kind research institute, closely combining foundational research, with product innovation, engineering, and design to create the technologies of the future. Their mission is to understand, build and deploy innovative cloud and AI technologies that not only address core opportunities in Africa and contribute to solving local challenges at scale but which contribute to creating a more productive future of work, health, and society globally. 
Microsoft provides a nurturing environment to support passionate researchers and engineers in AI technology innovation. They are seeking candidates excelling in deep thinking research aspects and fast-paced entrepreneurial execution. The ideal candidates should have a strong ability to work with researchers and product team colleagues at Microsoft to push forward research agendas and be a team players in a collaborative and supportive environment.  

Moreover, MARI is seeking candidates with stellar research skills and technical backgrounds. Applicants should demonstrate the depth of knowledge in planning, conducting, and publishing a research study. 

 Duration: 6 months


  • Industry leading healthcare
  • Opportunities to network and connect
  • Giving programs
  • Discounts on products and services


To be eligible for Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI) PhD Internship, applicants must have:

  • Relevant work experience, including industry experience or as a Researcher in a lab.  
  • Publication Record  
  • Ability to design and execute on a research agenda.  
  • Currently pursuing a PhD degree in computer science.  
  • Experience contributing to research communities and/or efforts, including publishing papers (being listed as author) at conferences such as CHI, CSCW 
  • Should be able to take initiative, but also follow a research plan and work well as part of a team. 
  • Excellent critical thinking and communication skills.  
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Application Process

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Deadline: N/A

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