Deadline: 12:00 p.m. (noon) CST - September 20, 2021

What is the Google Ph.D. Fellowship?

The Google Ph.D. Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to computer science and related fields. Fellowships support promising Ph.D. candidates of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology. Google’s mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourage people of diverse backgrounds to apply.

Fellows are expected to be engaged full-time in degree-related activity during the fellowship year. Funding includes a stipend of up to $30,000, plus tuition, subsidized health insurance, and fees.  Successful fellows will also be paired with a Google Research Mentor. This fellowship may be awarded for up to three years. 

The University of Minnesota may nominate up to four eligible candidates. To increase opportunities for students who are underrepresented in the field of computing, Google requires that two nominees identify as Black / African descent, Hispanic / Latino / Latinx, Indigenous, and/or a person with a disability.

Who is Eligible? 

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.
  • Applicants must have completed graduate coursework by the academic award year when the Fellowship begins.
  • Students must remain enrolled full-time in the Ph.D. 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. Government or non-profit organization funding is exempt.

How Do I Apply?

Submit your completed Request for Nomination by the deadline. 

Submit your electronic Request for Nomination. You will need to upload a single PDF file which includes all of the following:

  1. Cover letter signed by the Department Chair confirming the student passes eligibility requirements.  See “Additional Information” section below for example cover letter.
  2. Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)
  3. Short (1-page) CV of the student's primary advisor
  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?)
  8. Transcripts of current and previous academic records

How Are Submissions Evaluated?

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. Essay responses are evaluated in addition to application materials to determine an overall recommendation.

Additional Information

Department Head Cover Letter Template

Google Research Fields

Applications are evaluated on the strength of the research proposal, research impact, student academic achievements, and leadership potential.

Additional information can be found on the Google Ph.D. Fellowship Program website.

Google Ph.D. Fellowship FAQ

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Google Research Fields

The Fellowships are awarded to students who represent the future of research in the following fields:

  • 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