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. 

Eligibility

  • Ph.D. students in Computer Science and related disciplines
  • Must have completed coursework by Fall of the award year when the fellowship begins (typically the 3rd year for U.S. students)
  • 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

Fields Supported

  • 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

Important Dates

   Internal application deadline:  Monday August 31, 2020

   Internal applicants notified by:  Monday, September 7, 2020  

   External application deadline:  Wednesday, September 30, 2020

   Awardees will be notified by the end of January (2021).

Internal Application Materials

  1. 2-page summary of research / dissertation proposal
  2. Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)
  3. Transcripts of current and previous academic records (unofficial)
  4. Short essay response (350-word limit): 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.
  5. Short essay response (350-word limit): 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?
  6. Advisor's contact information
    • Advisor will be contacted for a short letter indicating their support of the application and commitment to working with applicant if chosen as a UVA nominee to the external competition
  7. Contact information for 1-2 additional letter writers
    • They will be contacted but not required to write a letter unless applicant is chosen as a UVA nominee to the external competition

Link to Internal Application

 

External Application Materials

For each student nomination, the chair of the nominee's department 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 (listed here)
  2. *Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)
  3. 1-page CV of the student's primary advisor
  4. 2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the nominee's work
    • One from the thesis advisor
  5. Research / dissertation proposal including references (maximum 8 pages)
  6. *Student essay response (350-word limit): 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): 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

* indicates part of the UVA internal application

Review

Applications are evaluated on the strength of the research proposal, research impact, student academic achievements, and leadership potential. Research proposals are evaluated for innovative concepts that are relevant to Google’s research areas, as well as aspects of robustness and potential impact to the field. Proposals should include the direction and any plans of where your work is going in addition to a comprehensive description of the research you are pursuing. In the United States, Canada, and Europe, essay responses are evaluated in addition to application materials to determine an overall recommendation.

Research should align with Google AI Principles.

More information available here.