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 graduate students pursuing a PhD.
  • US/Canadian students must be in at least their 3rd year of a PhD program by the fall semester or quarter of the year when the Fellowship begins (typically September). The nominating university will be asked to confirm the student’s PhD program start date.
  • The recipient must remain an active, full-time student in a PhD program during at least two academic years of the award or forfeit 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. 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.
  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)
    • 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. Short CV of student's thesis advisor (maximum 1 page)


*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 two students to the North America competition.

Further Information

For further information, please see: Google PhD Fellowship Program