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Google PhD Fellowship Program Applications Due September 20

Google seeks to nurture and maintain strong relations with the academic community. The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related research areas. Fellows receive full tuition and fees and a Google Research Mentor. 

Approximately 20 unique fellowships will be awarded from among the following:

  • 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

Each eligible university may nominate four graduate students who have completed coursework. Students may not apply directly. Nomination materials are due to The Office of Fellowships no later than Sunday, September 20 at 12:00 PM CDT. Forward applications for consideration to Stephen Hill.

In order to be considered students must meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD
  • Enrolled in a participating university and nominated by that university
  • 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 who are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible

Nomination materials must include (in a single pdf):

  • Name of fellowship for which student is being considered
  • Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)
  • Short (one-page) CV of adviser
  • Transcript of current and previous academic records
  • Two to three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the nominee's work (at least one coming from the thesis adviser)
  • Research/dissertation proposal (maximum 8 pages)
  • 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.
  • 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?
Please note: All Google PhD Fellowship applications must align with Google AI Principles.

Categories: Fellowships