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.


Pavol Bielik

ETH Zurich

Edwin Fonkwe Fongang

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kirthevasan Kandasamy

Carnegie Mellon University

Mark Jeffrey

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Important Dates

September 1, 2017

Application Opens

October 31, 2017

Application Closes, 5pm PST

Fellowship Award Includes

  • Tuition and fees will be paid for the academic year (up to two years)
  • $37K grant (one-time payment during each academic year)
  • Up to $5,000 in conference travel support
  • Paid visit to Facebook headquarters to present research
  • Opportunity for a paid internship at Facebook

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time PhD students who are currently involved in on-going research
  • Students work must be related to one or more relevant disciplines
  • Students must be enrolled during the academic year(s) the Fellowship is awarded
  • The Fellowship Program is open to PhD students globally who are enrolled in an accredited university in any country
  • 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.

Applications Must Include

  • 1-2 page research summary which clearly identifies the area of focus, importance to the field, and applicability to Facebook of the anticipated research during the award (reference the topical areas below)
  • Resume or CV, with email, phone and mailing address, and applicable coursework noted
  • 2 letters of recommendation. Please provide reference email addresses, and one reference must be from an academic advisor

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, “underrepresented minority group” is considered to include persons who identify as: Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native American or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.


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.

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