July 31, 2016

Facebook Graduate Fellowship Application Now Open!

By: Kelly Berschauer

Facebook 2017 Graduate Fellowship Program Applications Now Open!

Applications for the 2017 Facebook Graduate Fellowship program open today. Designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering, Facebook fellows will receive two years tuition and fees, a $37,000 stipend each year, and up to $5,000 for conference travel support.

“The Facebook fellowship allowed me to realize the real-world impact of my PhD research. In addition to helping fund my studies, it offered me the opportunity to intern at Facebook with a team of engineers who deal with exactly the challenges that drive my research,” said Jonathan Mace, 2016 Facebook Fellowship recipient. “During my internship I was given the freedom to develop and deploy my ideas on Facebook’s extensive production infrastructure, and gained invaluable insight into real-world systems that will help me throughout my PhD program and career.”

PhD students working in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Connectivity Hardware, Data Mining, Databases, Distributed Systems, Electrical Engineering, Networking and Operating Systems, Economics and Computation, Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Speech Technologies, Programming Languages and Compilers, Security and Privacy and Social Computing are encouraged to apply.

“While we support Fellows across a wide spectrum of computer science and engineering disciplines, this year in particular, we are seeking to support more PhD students working in connectivity, machine learning, and hardware, including electrical engineering, to build long-term collaborations,” said Rebekkah Hogan, Facebook Fellowship Program Manager.

Facebook Fellowship applications will be evaluated based on the strength of a student’s research, publication record and recommendations. While open to students in any year of PhD study, there is a strong emphasis on research and publication which may benefit students further along in their PhD studies.

Facebook Emerging Scholars Award

New this year, is the introduction of the Facebook Emerging Scholars award which opens November 1, 2016.

As part of Facebook’s ongoing commitment to identify promising doctoral students and support them in their research efforts, the Emerging Scholar award is also specifically designed to support talented students from underrepresented minority groups pursuing their PhD’s while delivering innovative research. Open to first or second year PhD students who are members of an underrepresented minority group in the technology sector, Emerging Scholar recipients studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area will be awarded tuition and fees for two years in addition to a two year $37,000 annual stipend and up to $5,000 a year in conference travel funds, and a potential opportunity to intern and collaborate with Facebook researchers.

“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. To help achieve that mission, we are committed to supporting underrepresented minority groups in technology,” said Hogan. “The Emerging Scholars Award program is a first step towards supporting these students as they achieve their research goals and we look forward to collaborating them as they continue to contribute to the technology industry.”

Application Dates and Deadlines

Applications for the Facebook Fellowship open August, 1, 2016 and close November 1, 2016, 6:00pm PST.

Facebook Emerging Scholar applications open November 1, 2016 and close February 28, 2017.