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Google PhD Fellowship Program

Google PhD Fellowships directly support graduate students as they pursue their PhD, as well as connect them to a Google Research Mentor.

Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to computer science and related fields. Fellowships support promising PhD candidates of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology. Google’s mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply. We currently offer Fellowships in Africa, Australia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, India, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and the United States.



What does the Google PhD Fellowship include?

Students receive named Fellowships which include a monetary award. The funds are given directly to the university to be distributed to cover the student’s expenses and stipend as appropriate. The funds are given as an unrestricted gift, and it is Google’s policy not to pay for overhead on unrestricted gifts. In addition, the student will be matched with a Google Research Mentor who we hope will become a valuable resource to the student. There is no employee relationship between the student and Google as a result of receiving the fellowship. Fellowship recipients are not subject to intellectual property restrictions unless they complete an internship at Google. Fellowship recipients serving an internship are subject to the same intellectual property and other contractual obligations as any other Google intern. If a Fellowship student is interested, an internship at Google is encouraged, but not guaranteed or required.

Africa

  • Up to 3-year Fellowship

  • US $30K to cover stipend and other research-related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel

  • Google Research Mentor

Australia and New Zealand

  • 1-year Fellowship

  • AUD $10K to cover stipend and other research-related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel

  • Google Research Mentor

East Asia

  • 1-year Fellowship

  • US $10K to cover stipend and other research-related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel

  • Google Research Mentor

Europe

  • Up to 3-year Fellowship

  • Yearly bursary towards stipend/salary, health care, social benefits, tuition and fees, conference travel and personal computing equipment. The bursary varies by country.

  • Google Research Mentor

India Early-stage PhD students

  • Up to 4-year Fellowship

  • US $50K to cover stipend and other research-related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel

  • Google Research Mentor

Late-stage PhD students

  • 1-year Fellowship

  • US $10K to recognise research contributions, cover stipend and other research-related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel

  • Google Research Mentor

Southeast Asia

  • Up to 3-year Fellowship

  • US $10K per year for up to 3 years (or up to graduation, whichever is earlier) to cover stipend and other research-related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel

  • Google Research Mentor

The United States and Canada

  • Up to 3-year Fellowship

  • Full tuition and fees (enrollment fees, health insurance, books) plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment

  • Google Research Mentor

*Google Cloud Platform credits are provided upon request in eligible countries.


The best and the brightest


Google PhD Fellowship students are a select group recognized by Google researchers and their institutions as some of the most promising young academics in the world. The Fellowships are awarded to students who represent the future of research in the following fields:

  • Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets

  • Computational Neuroscience

  • Health Research

  • Human-Computer Interaction

  • Machine Learning

  • Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision

  • Mobile Computing

  • Natural Language Processing (including Information Retrieval and Extraction)

  • Privacy and Security

  • Programming Languages and Software Engineering

  • Quantum Computing

  • Structured Data and Database Management

  • Systems and Networking



What are the eligibility requirements for students?

Nominated students in Australia and New Zealand, East Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada Universities should only nominate students that meet the following requirements:

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD and enrolled in an institution in one of the regions listed above.

  • Completed graduate coursework by the Fall of the award year, when the Fellowship begins.

  • Students must remain enrolled full-time in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the award.

  • Google employees, and their spouses, children, and members of their household are not eligible.

  • Students that are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible.


Direct applicant students in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD and enrolled in an African, Indian or Southeast Asian* institution.

  • Undergraduate or Master’s students and professionals may apply.

  • Undergraduate and Master’s student applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time students at an African, Indian, or Southeast Asian university.

  • Professionals must be employed/affiliated with an organization registered in Africa, India, or Southeast Asia.

  • For these applicants, the Fellowship award shall be contingent on the awardee registering for a full-time PhD program of an African, Indian, or Southeast Asian university in computer science (or an adjacent field) within the calendar year of the Fellowship award, or the award shall be forfeited.

  • Grant of the Fellowship does not mean admission to the PhD program of a university. The awardee must also complete the PhD admission process of the respective institute/university where they wish to register for a PhD.

  • Grant of the Fellowship will be subject to the rules and guidelines applicable in the institute/university where the awardee registers for the PhD program.

  • Students must remain enrolled full-time in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the award.

  • Google employees, and their spouses, children, and members of their household are not eligible.

  • Students that are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible.

What should be included in an application?

Australia and New Zealand For each student nomination, the university will be asked to submit the following material in a single PDF file:

  1. Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)

  2. Short (1-page) CV of the student's primary advisor

  3. Transcripts of current and previous academic records

  4. 2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the nominee's work (at least one from the thesis advisor)

  5. Research/dissertation proposal including references (maximum 8 pages)

East Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada For each student nomination, the university will be asked to submit the following material in a single PDF file:

  1. Cover sheet signed by the Department Chair confirming the student passes eligibility requirements. (See FAQ "What are the eligibility requirements for students?")

  2. Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)

  3. Short (1-page) CV of the student's primary advisor

  4. 2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the nominee's work (at least one from the thesis advisor)

  5. Research/dissertation proposal including references (maximum 8 pages)

  6. Student essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe the desired impact your research will make on the field and society, and why this is important to you. Include any personal, educational and/or professional experiences that have motivated your research interests.

  7. Student essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time. (A leadership role can mean more than just a title. It can mean being a mentor to others, acting as the person in charge of a specific task, or taking the lead role in organizing an event or project. Think about what you accomplished and what you learned from the experience. What were your responsibilities? Did you lead a team? How did your experience change your perspective on leading others? Did you help to resolve an important dispute at your school, church, in your community or an organization? And your leadership role doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to school activities. For example, do you help out or take care of your family?)

  8. Transcripts of current and previous academic records

Africa, India, and Southeast Asia Students will need the following documents in order to complete an application (in English only):

  1. Student applicant’s resume with links to website and publications (if available)

  2. Available transcripts (mark sheets) starting from first year/semester of Bachelor's degree to date

  3. Research proposal (maximum 3 pages, excluding references)

  4. 2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant's work (at least one from the thesis advisor for current PhD students)

  5. Africa only:

  • Short (one-page) resume of the student's PhD program advisor

  • Applicant's essay response (350-word limit) to: What impact would receiving this scholarship have on your education? Describe any circumstances affecting your need for a scholarship and what educational goals this scholarship will enable you to accomplish.

DEADLINES:

Africa

Applications are now open. Submit by 11:59:59pm UTC−12:00 April 21, 2021.

Submit application (Africa)


India

Applications for the 2021 program will open in March 2021.

Southeast Asia

Applications for the 2021 program will open in March 2021.


North America and Europe

The Google North America and Europe PhD Fellowship program application window is closed for this year. Applications for the 2022 program will open on September 1, 2021 and will close on September 30, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM PST. Awardees will be notified by January 2022.


East Asia

The Google East Asia PhD Fellowship program application window is closed for this year. Awardees will be notified via email by September 2020. Applications for the 2021 program will open in March 2021.


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