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.
The Facebook Emerging Scholars 2018 application is now closed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?+
The 2018 application is now closed.
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, were due on October 31, 2017 at 5pm PST.
Do both letters of recommendation need to come from a Professor?+
One letter needs to come from your PhD advisor, the other may come from another professor or an industry contact.
Where will the award money be sent? The school or myself?+
Tuition will be paid directly to the school, the stipend will be sent directly to the fellow, unless otherwise specified.
If I have additional questions is there a place to ask them?+
Yes, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions you may have. Please note, no extensions for deadlines will be given.