Google PhD Fellowship


Applicant deadline: likely early November

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 at least the third year of their PhD program by the fall semester of the year when the Fellowship begins (i.e., by September 2019)

  • 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


Recipients must:

  • Remain an active, full-time student in a PhD program during at least two academic years of the award or forfeit award


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. Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)

  2. Transcript of current and previous academic records

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

  4. 2 to 3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the student's work (one must be from the student's thesis advisor)

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

  6. 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 a 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 North America competition.

Further Information

For further information, please see: Google PhD Fellowship Program