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Microsoft Research PhD Fellowships for Asia-Pacific Students in USA

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowships for Asia-Pacific Students in USA

Microsoft supports excellent research by inviting applications from exceptional candidates to apply for the PhD Fellowships for the academic year 2022-2023.

The Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship program identifies the next generation of research leaders through a unique program that offers a combination of mentorship, research, networking, and academic opportunities to promising young candidates.

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Microsoft Research provides a dynamic environment for research careers with a network of world-class research labs led by globally-recognized research scientists and engineers. Their researchers and engineers pursue innovation in a range of scientific and technical disciplines, to help solve complex challenges in diverse fields, including computing, healthcare, economics, and the environment.

Why should you apply for this programme? At Microsoft Research, they accelerate scientific discovery and technology innovation to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. They bring together the best minds across diverse disciplines and backgrounds to take on the most pressing research challenges for Microsoft and society.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by June 10.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Microsoft
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: Fellowships
  • Award: $10,000 USD
  • Number of Awards: N/A
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: Asia-Pacific
  • The award can be taken in the USA

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowships for Asia-Pacific Students in USA


  • Eligible Countries: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, or Taiwan.
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: Fellowships in Computational Biology & Life Sciences, Computational Physics Physics, Computational Sustainability, Computational Chemistry, and Material Science.
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the given criteria:
  • Applicants must attend a university in mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, or Taiwan and do research work related to computing topics with which Microsoft Research is concerned (click on Research Areas at the top of the page for a full list).
  • According to the definition of the normative period of PhD programs of the applicant’s university and region, the applicant must graduate in 2024 or later. If needed, the applicants and their advisors will be asked for supporting documents.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: In order to apply for the fellowship, all interested candidates are required to complete the online application portal.
  • Supporting Documents: Applications must include:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research Statement- This statement (of approximately 1,000 words) provides a summary of your research accomplishments and current work and highlights your most outstanding contribution to academia. It must discuss your work’s future direction and potential, especially your research plan for the next few years of PhD study.
  • At least two letters of reference from established researchers familiar with your research. Of these, one letter should come from your advisor. Scanned copies of the signed recommendation letters should be sent by those recommending you directly to [email protected].
  • Admission Requirements: The applicants must hold a previous degree with remarkable results.
  • Language Requirement: If English is not your first language, you should provide evidence of English language ability: IELTS, TOEFL, or other acceptable proof.


  • The Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Program offers some of the industry’s most competitive incentives and rewards, including:
  • Cash awards of $10,000 USD, which can be used to support research initiatives and academic endeavours including, but not limited to: attending international research conferences/events and subsidizing paper and patent application fees.
  • Opportunity for intensive and individualized mentorship programs with a dedicated senior researcher to help facilitate the fellow’s research until graduation.
  • Opportunity to attend the Microsoft Research Asia Academic Conference.
  • At the discretion of Microsoft Research Asia, advisors of fellows might be invited to participate in collaborative research projects and academic exchange events.

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