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Deadline: Google PhD Fellowship

Event Type
University of Illinois
Sep 12, 2021   All Day
Hannah Gorrie
Originating Calendar
Computer Science Department Events Calendar

The Google PhD Student Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas. 

Each department may submit up to four nominations to the Graduate College. Each university is limited to 2 nominations.

The fellowship offers an initial two years of support, with a third year extension possible at Google's discretion.  The award provides:

  • $35,000 annual stipend (paid over 9 months of the academic year).
  • Full coverage of tuition and fees.
  • Opportunity to work with a Google Research Mentor.

Google will award approximately 15 fellowships from among the following topical areas:

  • Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets
  • Computational Neural and Cognitive Sciences
  • 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
  • Recommender Systems
  • Structured Data and Database Management
  • Systems and Networking


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.

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD and enrolled in an institution in one of the regions listed above.
  • Completed graduate coursework by the academic 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.
  • Students of any citizenship/nationality are eligible.
  • 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. Government or non-profit organization funding is exempt.

Universities may nominate up to four eligible students from Computer Science or related fields. If more than two are nominated, then in order to increase opportunities for students who are underrepresented in the field of computing, additional nominees must self-identify as a woman, Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and/or person with a disability.  In other words, if a university chooses to nominate more than 2 students, then the 3rd and 4th student nomination should self-identify with the underrepresented group mentioned above.

Apply for this opportunity in Blackbaud by Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Please contact Hannah Gorrie (hpgorrie@illinois.edu) with any questions.

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