The Emerging Scholar Award is part of Facebook’s ongoing commitment to identifying promising doctoral students and supporting them and their research throughout their careers. The Award is designed to specifically support talented students from underrepresented minority groups and encourage them to continue their PhD studies, pursue innovative research, and engage with the broader research community.
The Emerging Scholar Award is open to first or second year PhD students who are members of a minority group that is underrepresented in the technology sector. The award is open to students at universities in the US and abroad who are enrolled during the current academic year and studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area.
Applications will be evaluated based on the strength of the student’s proposed research and their recommendation letters.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?+
The application is now closed, please check back for information on the 2018 program.
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?+
2017 Scholars Applications are now closed. All application materials, including two letters of recommendation, were due on February 28, 2017 at 6pm PST.
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.
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