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.
The Facebook Fellowship application is now closed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?+
The 2018 application (link above) is now closed.
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, were due on October 31, 2017 at 5pm PST.
If I only have 1 year left of school, can I still apply?+
Yes, you may still apply. You will just receive the tuition and stipend while you are in school.
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 fellowship money be sent? The school or myself?+
Tuition money will be paid directly to the school, the stipend will be sent directly to the fellow, unless otherwise specified.
Does the 2-page limit for the research summary include references to papers mentioned, or can references go on an additional page?+
References may go on an additional page.
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.