Google PhD Fellowship


Wednesday, 6 November 2019 at 4:00pm PST

Annual Value

Full tuition and fees (enrollment fees, health insurance, books) plus a stipend


Permanent Resident

Degree Level


The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding PhD graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related research areas. The fellowship provides full tuition and fees (enrollment fees, health insurance, books) plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment for two years, with possible extension for a third year. Recipients are also matched with a Google Research Mentor.  Google PhD Fellowship students are a select group recognized by Google researchers and their institutions as some of the most promising young academics in the world.



Applicants must be:

  • Full-time UBC graduate students pursuing a PhD.
  • Completed graduate coursework by the Fall of the award year, when the Fellowship begins. This is usually the 3rd year for US and Canadian students.
  • Students must remain enrolled full-time in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the award.
  • Google employees, and their spouses, children, and members of their household are not eligible.
  • Students that are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible.

Eligible Research Areas:

  • Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • 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

Application Procedures

A complete application comprises the following, submitted by the applicant as a single PDF. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)
  2. Short CV of student's primary advisor (maximum 1 page)
  3. Up to date, official transcripts of current and previous academic records
    • Up-to-date transcripts for all post-secondary (undergraduate and graduate) studies, including those undertaken but not completed. This also includes transfer courses and exchange terms.
      • Up-to-date transcripts are defined as transcripts dated or issued in the fall session of the year of application (if currently registered) or after the last term completed (if not currently registered)
    • UBC transcript: "SISC Academic History" provided by your graduate program is acceptable.  Note: Your "SSC" Grades Summary page is not acceptable.
    • Other transcripts: Must be original, official transcripts issued by the institution or "certified true" copies obtained from your graduate program.
  4. 2 to 3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the student's work (one must be from the student's thesis advisor)
    • Should be on letterhead and include the referee's signature
    • Collected from the referees by the applicant and submitted as part of the applicant's application package.
  5. Research/dissertation proposal (no more than 8 pages).
  6. Student essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe the desired impact your research will make on the field and society, and why this is important to you. Include any personal, educational and/or professional experiences that have motivated your research interests.
  7. Student essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
    • A leadership role can mean more than just a title. It can mean being a mentor to others, acting as the person in charge of a specific task, or taking the lead role in organizing an event or project. Think about what you accomplished and what you learned from the experience. What were your responsibilities?
    • Did you lead a team? How did your experience change your perspective on leading others? Did you help to resolve an important dispute at your school, church, in your community or an organization? And your leadership role doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to school activities. For example, do you help out or take care of your family?


*File naming convention: Google_ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName

Adjudication Procedures

Students cannot apply directly to Google; they must submit their application to Graduate Awards and be nominated by the university. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene a committee to review applications submitted and will nominate up to four students to the North America competition.

Further Information

For further information, please see: Google PhD Fellowship Program.  Questions?  Contact