The Facebook Fellowship Program and Emerging Scholar Awards are designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering.

The Emerging Scholar Award is open to first or second year PhD students,  It is specifically designed to support talented students from under-represented* minority groups in the technology sector, to encourage them to continue their PhD studies, pursue innovative research, and engage with the broader research community.

Winners of the Emerging Scholar Award are entitled to receive two years of tuition and fees paid, a stipend of $37,000 each year, and up to $5,000 in conference travel support.

Applications will be evaluated based on the strength of the student’s proposed research and their recommendation letters.


Rediet Abebe

Cornell University

Moses Namara

Clemson University

Important Dates

September 1, 2017

Application Opens

October 31, 2017

Application Closes, 5pm PST

Emerging Scholar Award Includes

  • Payment of tuition and fees for two academic years
  • $37,000 annual stipend
  • Up to $5,000 towards conference travel funds

Application Materials

  • Research Statement: 1-2 page research summary
  • Resume or CV with email, phone and mailing address, along with applicable coursework noted
  • Two letters of recommendation (Please provide reference email addresses): Advisor and one Professional reference (can be from academia or industry)

Research Areas

We are accepting applications from students with research related to one of the following areas:


  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • CommAI
  • Networking and Connectivity Hardware
  • Compute Storage and Efficiency
  • Distributed Systems
  • Security and Privacy
  • Economics and Computation
  • Computational Social Science
  • Other: Relevant research in areas that may not align with the focus areas noted above.


*For the purpose of the Emerging Scholar award, under-represented minority group is considered to include persons who identify as: Black or African American, person having origins in any Black racial groups of Africa; Hispanic or Latino, person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South American, Central American, Caribbean, or other Spanish culture origin, regardless of race; Native American or Alaskan Native, person having origins in any of the original peoples of North, Central, or South America and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment; Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, person having origins in the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa or other Pacific Islands.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply?


    The 2018 application opens September 1, 2017.

  • How is this program different from the Facebook Fellowship?


    The Emerging Scholar Award is provided for first and second year PhD students who are underrepresented minorities in the technology industry.

  • Are students studying outside of the United States eligible to apply?


    Yes. The award is open to students at all universities both in the United States and in other countries.

  • Do I need to be a PhD student to be eligible to apply?


    Yes. You must be currently enrolled in your first or second year of a PhD program to apply.

  • If I currently have research funding from somewhere else, am I still eligible to receive the Emerging Scholar Award?


    It depends. If you are selected to receive the Award, you may be asked to decline research funding or fellowships from another company. Usually funding from your university, or related to a teaching requirement is allowed.

  • Do I need to be logged in to Facebook to submit application materials?


    Yes. All applicants will need to use their Facebook account to apply.

  • Do persons providing letters of reference also need to be logged in to Facebook?


    No. When you fill out the application, you will be asked to input an email address for your references. Your references will receive and email with a link to submit their letter. Please ensure that the contact information you enter for your references is accurate.

  • How can I tell if my reference has submitted their letter of recommendation?


    Once you provide us with your reference contact email, they will be sent an email with a link to submit their letter. Once they have submitted, the application page will show a Received message below their name. You may resend the reminder email to your references from the application page if needed.

  • Can I go back and update my application? I need to make changes.


    Yes. The application will allow you to save or submit after entering information. You may go back and edit your application up to the due date.

  • What is the deadline for applications?


    All application materials, including two letters of recommendation, are due on October 31, 2017 at 5pm PST.

  • If I have additional questions is there a place to ask them?


    Yes, you can email scholars@fb.com with any additional questions you may have. Please note, no extensions for deadlines will be given.

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