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 designed to support talented students from traditionally 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 application opens September 4, 2018 at 12:00 am PST and closes on October 12, 2018 at 12:00 am PST.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?+
The 2019 application will open September 4, 2018.
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 sector.
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 at the application close date.
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. Stipends are taxable based on local law.
I can save but I can't submit my application, what should I do?+
If your application won't submit, please review to ensure you have filled out all required fields as well as uploaded both documents (your research summary and your CV). If you are still having difficulties, please save your application and double check that you do not have the Facebook app open on multiple devices. Once closed out of all instances, please return to the application and submit.
My references haven't received an email from Facebook yet, what do I do?+
Some university servers block email from Facebook. If you determine that your references didn't receive an email request to their university email address right after you submitted and checked the spam folder, please request an alternative email and enter that in the application and resubmit.
I am a Facebook AI Resident student, do I qualify for a Facebook Fellowship?+
No, Facebook AI Resident students are ineligible for a Facebook Fellowship.
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