The Google Africa PhD Fellowship program application
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST on Wednesday 15th April 2020.
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.
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
Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision
Natural Language Processing (including Information Retrieval and Extraction)
Privacy and Security
Programming Languages and Software Engineering
Structured Data and Database Management
Systems and Networking
Students and professionals are welcome to apply to the PhD Fellowship program.
For current PhD Students
Applicants must be enrolled into a full-time PhD program at a university in Africa. Applicants who are currently in their first year of a part-time PhD program and transferring to full-time positions are also welcome to apply.
Students should be early PhD students, i.e, should not have been into more than 1 year of their PhD. Applicants for the 2020 Fellowship must have started their program on or after 1-Jan-2020.
Students must remain enrolled in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the award.
Applicants must be pursuing a PhD in Computer Science or related areas.
Google employees and family members of Google employees are not eligible
Students who are already receiving another corporate fellowship are not eligible.
For current Undergraduate/Masters students and Professionals
Grant of the fellowship to this category of applicants is contingent on them joining a full-time PhD program at a university in Africa within the calendar year of the award.
Student applicants must be full-time Undergraduate or Masters students enrolled at an African university. Professionals must be employed/affiliated with an organization registered in Africa.
The Google Fellowship award shall be contingent on the awardee registering for the full-time PhD program at an African university, in Computer Science or related areas, within the calendar year 2020, or the award shall be forfeited.
Grant of the Google 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 he/she wishes to register for PhD.
Grant of the Google Fellowship will be subject to the rules and guidelines applicable in the institute/university where the awardee registers for the PhD program.
Google employees and family members of Google employees are not eligible.
What does the Google PhD Fellowship include?
Up to 3-year Fellowship
US $30K to cover stipend and other research-related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel
Google Research Mentor
You’ll need the following documents in order to complete an application (in English only):
Student applicant’s resume with links to website and publications (if available)
Short (1-page) resume of the student's PhD program advisor
Available transcripts (mark sheets) starting from first year/semester of Bachelor's degree to date
Research proposal (maximum 8 pages)
2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant's work (at least one from the thesis advisor for current PhD students)
Applicant's 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