Google PhD Fellowship
- Award Category: Doctoral Awards, In-Course Awards, Indigenous Awards, International Awards
- Student Deadline : Date set by graduate unit
- Application Dates : Summer
- Graduate Unit Deadline : August 27, 2021 (not for students—unit must forward all nominations to SGS by this date)
- Value & Duration : 3 years of funding: Full tuition and fees, (enrollment fees, health insurance, books) stipend (living, travel & personal) and matched with a Google Research Mentor
- Level of Study : Doctoral
- Year of Study : 2+
- Required Legal Status : Domestic / International
- Results : January 2022
The Google PhD Fellowship Program recognizes outstanding graduate students doing exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to computer science and related fields. Fellowships support promising PhD candidates of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology. Google’s mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply.
Value & Duration
- Receive full tuition and fees for up to 3 years (includes enrollment fees, health insurance, books) plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment; and
- Be matched with a Google Research Mentor.
- Be full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD (normally in 2nd yr) in one of the research areas listed below; and
- Not be Google employees, their spouses, children, or members of their household.
- Have completed all graduate coursework by the time the Fellowship begins (usually 3rd year for Canadian students);
- Remain enrolled full-time in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the award; and
- Not be already supported by a comparable industry award.
- Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets
- Computational Neuroscience
- Computational Health Research
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Machine Learning
- Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision
- Mobile Computing
- Natural Language Processing (including Information Retrieval and Extraction)
- Privacy and Security
- Programming Languages and Software Engineering
- Quantum Computing
- Structured Data and Database Management
- Systems and Networking
At least two out of the four U of T nominees for this award must self-identify as a woman, Black/African descent, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Indigenous, and/or person with a disability.
Applications are evaluated on the strength of the research proposal, research impact, student academic achievements, and leadership potential. Research proposals are evaluated for innovative concepts that are relevant to Google’s research areas, as well as aspects of robustness and potential impact to the field. Proposals should include the direction and any plans of where your work is going in addition to a comprehensive description of the research you are pursuing.
In the United States, Canada, and Europe, essay responses are evaluated in addition to application materials to determine an overall recommendation.
Research should align with Google AI Principles.
Nominations are made by graduate units in the Summer session. Given the extremely competitive and prestigious nature of this international award, the University is required to carefully consider and select only the highest quality applications for nomination.
Applicants interested in being considered for this award are encouraged to contact their graduate unit.
The result of the University competition will be communicated by the SGS Graduate Awards Office in late-September 2021.
The results of the international competition are communicated directly by the funding agency in January 2022.
Contacts & Resources
For more information, visit the Google PhD Fellowship FAQ page and/or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
Graduate Awards Officer, Internal
School of Graduate Studies