Google U.S./Canada Ph.D. Fellowship

The Google Ph.D. 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. 

This fellowship covers full tuition and fees (enrollment fees, health insurance, books) and includes a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel, and personal equipment. This up to 3-year fellowship also connects recipients with a Google Research Mentor. 


  • Ph.D. students in Computer Science and related disciplines
  • Must have completed coursework by Fall of the award year when the fellowship begins 
  • Must remain enrolled full-time in Ph.D. program for duration of the fellowship (or forfeit the award)
  • Google employees, and their spouses, children, and members of their household are NOT eligible
  • Students already supported by a comparable industry award are NOT eligible

Important Dates

   Internal application deadline:  Typically early November

   External application deadline:  Typically end of November

   Awardees are notified by March.

Application Materials

  1. 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)
  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?

More information available here.

Link to Application

Available in early Fall 2020