Google PhD Fellowship


4:00pm on Friday, 9 November 2018

Annual Value

Stipend plus tuition and fees


Permanent Resident

Degree Level


Google PhD Fellowships support graduate students as they pursue their PhD in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas. The fellowship provides tuition, fees and a stipend for two years, with possible extension for a third year. Recipients are also matched with a Google Research Mentor.



Applicants must be:

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD

  • Enrolled in a participating institution and nominated by that institution

  • Completed graduate coursework by the Fall of the award year, when the Fellowship begins

  • 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 Technology and Software Engineering

  • Quantum Computing

  • Structured Data and Database Management

  • Systems and Networking

Application Procedures

A complete application comprises the following, submitted as a single PDF* to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Name of fellowship for which student is being considered

  2. Student CV

  3. Transcript of current and previous academic records

  4. Research/dissertation proposal (recommended length 4-5 pages, no more than 8 pages)

  5. 2 to 3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the student's work (one must be from the student's thesis advisor)

  6. Short CV of student's thesis advisor (maximum 1 page)

  7. Short abstract describing the research (less than 1,000 characters)

* File naming convention: Google_Last-Name_First-Name_Student#

Adjudication Procedures

Students cannot apply directly to the program; they must be nominated by an eligible university. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene a committee to review applications submitted and will nominate up to two students to the United States-Canada competition.

Further Information

For further information, please see: Google PhD Fellowship Program