Google PhD Fellowship Program 2019

The new Google PhD Fellowship Program is now available on offer and directly supports graduate students as they pursue their PhD, as well as connect them to a Google Research Mentor. Google is currently offering Fellowships in Australia, China and East Asia, Europe, Africa, India, the United States and Canada.

The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related research areas.

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Google PhD Fellowship Program Description

  • Applications Deadline: February 4, 2019
  • Course Level: Fellowship is available to pursue PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: The Fellowships are awarded to students who represent the future of research in the following fields:
  1. Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets
  2. Computational Neuroscience
  3. Human-Computer Interaction
  4. Machine Learning
  5. Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision
  6. Mobile Computing
  7. Natural Language Processing (including Information Retrieval and Extraction)
  8. Privacy and Security
  9. Programming Languages and Software Engineering
  10. Quantum Computing
  11. Structured Data and Database Management
  12. Systems and Networking
  • Scholarship Award: 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

  • 1 year Fellowship
  • AUD $10K to cover stipend and other research related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel
  • Google Research Mentor

China and East Asia (Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan)

  • 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

  • Up to 4 year Fellowship
  • US $50K to cover stipend and other research related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel
  • Google Research Mentor

United States and Canada

  • 2 year Fellowship with opportunity to extend to 3rd year
  • 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
  • Nationality: Scholarships are awarded to students from North America and Europe, Australia, China and East Asia, Africa and India.
  • Number of Scholarships: Each eligible university may nominate up to two students from Computer Science or related fields. In India and Africa, applications are open and we do not have a limit to the number of students that can apply from a university.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Australia, China and East Asia, Europe, Africa, India, the United States and Canada.

Eligibility for the Google PhD Fellowship Program

Eligible Countries: Scholarships are awarded to students from North America and Europe, Australia, China and East Asia, Africa and India.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Nominated students in North America and Europe

Universities should only nominate students that meet the following requirements:

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD.
  • US/Canadian students must be in at least their 3rd year of a PhD program by the fall semester or quarter of the year when the Fellowship begins. The nominating university will be asked to confirm the student’s PhD program start date.
  • European students must be in at least their 2nd year of a PhD program with the same rules above.
  • The recipient must remain an active, full-time student in a PhD program during at least two academic years of the award or forfeit 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.

Nominated students in Australia, China and East Asia

Universities should only nominate students that meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in a participating university and nominated by that university.
  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD.
  • Completed graduate coursework by the Fall of the award year, when the Fellowship begins.
  • 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 and India

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time PhD program at a university in Africa or India. 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.
  • If you are in a PhD program already, you should be an early-stage PhD student when submitting your application, i.e., you have completed one year or less of your PhD.
  • Students must remain enrolled in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the award.
  • Current undergraduate, master students and professionals may apply. The Google Fellowship award shall be contingent on the awardee registering for a full-time PhD program of an African or Indian university in Computer Science or related areas within the calendar year of the fellowship, or the award shall be forfeited.
    • Applicants enrolled in an undergraduate or masters program must be current, full-time students at an African or Indian university.
    • Professionals must be employed/affiliated with an organization registered in Africa or India, and receipt of the award is contingent on them joining a full-time PhD program at an African or Indian university within the calendar year of the award.
    • 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 a 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 their spouses, children, and members of their household are not eligible.
  • Students that are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Google PhD Fellowship Program Application Procedure

How to Apply: Australia, China, 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. Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)
  2. Transcript of current and previous academic records
  3. Research/dissertation proposal (recommended length 4-5 pages, no longer than 8)
  4. 2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the nominee’s work (at least one coming from the thesis advisor)
  5. Short (1-page) CV of advisor

Africa

You’ll need the following documents in order to complete an application:

  1. Applicant’s resume with links to publications (if available)
  2. One-page resume of the student’s PhD program advisor
  3. Available transcripts (mark sheets) starting from first year/semester of Bachelor’s degree to date
  4. Research proposal (maximum two pages)
  5. Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s work (at least one coming from the thesis adviser in case of current PhD students). If the recommendation writers want to send the letter separately, they can mail it directly to research-africa-at-google.com. Please use the subject line “Recommendation for [applicant-name]”

India

You’ll need the following documents in order to complete an application:

  1. Applicant’s resume with links to publications (if available)
  2. Available transcripts (mark sheets) starting from first year/semester of Bachelors degree till date
  3. Research statement of purpose (maximum two pages)
  4. Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s work (at least one coming from the thesis adviser in case of current PhD students). If the recommendation writers want to send the letter separately, they can mail it directly to research-in-at-google.com with the subject “Recommendation for [applicant-name]”

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