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Deadline: Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship

Event Type
University of Illinois
Jun 1, 2022   All Day
Hannah Gorrie
Originating Calendar
Computer Science Department Events Calendar

The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship is a global program that identifies and empowers the next generation of exceptional computing research talent. Microsoft recognizes the value of diversity in computing and aims to increase the pipeline of talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields to build a stronger and inclusive computing-related research community.

Provisions of the award:

  • Tuition and fees will be covered for two academic years (2023–24 and 2024–25).
  • A $42,000 USD stipend will be provided to help with living expenses while in school for two academic years (2023-24 and 2024-25). The stipend is not expected to cover all living expenses; it can be used for expenses including, but not limited to, childcare, conference fees and travel, research equipment, meals, rent, etc.
  • Opportunities will be provided to build relationships with research teams at Microsoft and receive mentorship.



  • Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Fellows should support this mission and embrace opportunities to foster diverse and inclusive cultures within their communities.
  • PhD students must be nominated by their university.
  • Proposed research must be closely related to the general areas of research carried out by Microsoft Research lab members or those within an applied research group in other parts of Microsoft. See a complete list.
  • Students must be in their third year of their PhD program in the fall semester or quarter of 2022.
  • A maximum of four nominations per department will be accepted; if two or three students are nominated, then at least one nominee should help us increase the opportunities for students who identify as part of a community that is underrepresented in the field of computing, and if four are nominated, then at least two nominees should help us increase the opportunities for students who identify as part of a community that is underrepresented in the field of computing. This includes those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQI+, active or veteran service member, and/or person with a disability.
  • The recipient must remain an active, full-time student in a PhD program during the two consecutive academic years of the award or forfeit the award. Fellowships are not available for extension. If you require time away for family or medical leave, this will be accommodated. If you are unsure if a particular need for time away will affect the award, you can contact Microsoft Research Fellowships at msfellow@microsoft.com.

For complete details, see the Microsoft Fellowship website.



Applications should be submitted via Blackbaud by Wednesday, 6/1/22 at 11:59 PM. New Blackbaud users can find instructions on the Using Blackbaud page.

You will be asked to provide:

  • CV/Resume
  • Reference letter from your thesis advisor
  • Unofficial transcripts of UIUC graduate work
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