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.
Winners of the Fellowship 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 research statement, publication record, and recommendation letters.
While open to students in any year of PhD study, a heavy emphasis on research and publication record for Facebook Fellowships favor students who are further along in their course of study. First or second year PhD students who are members of a minority group that is underrepresented* in the technology sector have the option of being evaluated for an emerging scholar award.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?+
The 2018 application will open September 1, 2017.
Are students studying outside of the United States eligible to apply?+
Yes. The fellowship 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 enrolled in a PhD program to apply for a Facebook fellowship.
When does the Facebook Fellowship award start?+
The awards funds are delivered during the Fall term of the awarded year(s) and end at the beginning of the Spring semester. All award monies and benefits must be collected before the end of the Spring semester of the final year of the fellowship.
If I currently have research funding from somewhere else, am I still eligible to receive the Facebook Fellowship?+
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 once I've submitted it? 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.