Our Selection Committee brings expertise from a variety of fields to bear when helping chose the cohort of scholars. Their experience working in AI, innovation, etc. informs their ability to spot the people who really get this stuff and can be successful as they /we move forward with this thing.
Here is where we list the folks who are advising us and helping select, which will perhaps show that we are not just picking our own children.
The NSI evaluation committee, comprised of U.S. and Nordic leaders from academia and industry, employs a highly selective vetting process to compose a diverse scholar cohort using written application, faculty recommendations, and interviews.