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Google PhD Fellowship Program for Graduate Students, 2020

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 awards for students from India and Africa.

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

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  • Nationality: The studentships are awarded to holders from Australia, China and East Asia.
  • Number of Scholarships: Each eligible university may nominate up to two learners from Computer Science or related fields. In India and Africa, applications are open and we do not have a limit to the number of pupils 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 

Nominated students in Australia and New Zealand, East Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada

Universities should only nominate students that meet the following requirements:

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD and enrolled in an institution in one of the regions listed above.
  • Completed graduate coursework by the Fall of the award year, when the Fellowship begins. This is usually the 3rd year for US and Canadian students.
  • Students must remain enrolled full-time in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the 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.

Direct applicant students in Africa and India

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD and enrolled in an African or Indian institution.
    • Early-stage PhD students enrolled one year or less.
    • Applicants who are currently in their first year of a part-time PhD program and transferring to full-time positions.
  • Current undergraduate or masters 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 fields 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.
  • Students must remain enrolled full-time in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the 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.

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.

Application Procedure

How to Apply:

Check the eligibility for your university and eligibility for student nominations in your region before applying. The submission forms will become available on the main Google PhD Fellowship Program page when the application period begins.

In Australia and New Zealand, East Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada, students cannot apply directly to the program; they must be nominated by an eligible university. Universities may nominate eligible students from Computer Science or a related field during the respective application period for each region.

In India and Africa, students may apply directly during the application period, which opens each February in India and November in Africa.

Supporting Documents:

Australia and New Zealand, East Asia

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. 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)

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. 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?

Africa and India

You’ll need the following documents in order to complete an application (in English only):

  1. Student applicant’s resume with links to website and publications (if available)
  2. Short (1-page) resume of the student’s PhD program advisor (Africa only)
  3. Available transcripts (mark sheets) starting from first year/semester of Bachelor’s degree to date
  4. Research proposal (maximum 8 pages)
  5. 2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s work (at least one from the thesis advisor for current PhD students)
  6. Applicant’s 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

Awards:

Scholars receive named 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.

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 and New Zealand

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

East Asia

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

The United States and Canada

Up to 3-year Fellowship
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

Application Deadlines:

  • North America and Europe: Applications for the 2021 program will open on November 1st, 2020 and will close on November 30, 2020, at 11:59:59 PM PST.
  • Australia, China, East Asia: The application window will be closed on 11:59:59 PM CST May 31, 2019.
  • Africa and India: Africa – April 15, 2020, and India – April 27, 2020

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