Google PhD Fellowship Program


The Google PhD Student Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas.

Each department may submit up to four nominations to the Graduate College. Each university is limited to 2 nominations.

The fellowship offers an initial two years of support, with a third year extension possible at Google’s discretion. The award provides:

$35,000 annual stipend (paid over 9 months of the academic year).
Full coverage of tuition and fees.
Opportunity to work with a Google Research Mentor.
Google will award approximately 15 fellowships from among the following topical areas:

Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets
Computational Neural and Cognitive Sciences
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
Recommender Systems
Structured Data and Database Management
Systems and Networking

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.

Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD and enrolled in an institution in one of the regions listed above.
Completed graduate coursework by the academic award year when the Fellowship begins.
Students must remain enrolled full-time in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the award.
Students of any citizenship/nationality are eligible.
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. Government or non-profit organization funding is exempt.
Universities may nominate up to four eligible students from Computer Science or related fields. If more than two are nominated, then in order to increase opportunities for students who are underrepresented in the field of computing, additional nominees must self-identify as a woman, Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and/or person with a disability. In other words, if a university chooses to nominate more than 2 students, then the 3rd nomination should self-identify with the underrepresented group mentioned above.

Grad College Fellowship Finder database:

Supplemental Questions
  1. Will you be a full-time PhD during the 2023-2024 academic year?
  2. Will you have completed your graduate coursework by the Fall 2023?
  3. Are you already supported by a comparable industry award?
  4. Do you identify as any of the following:
  5. Please indicate your primary area of research from the following:
  6. Please indicate your secondary area of research (if applicable):
  7. Please upload ONE PDF with the following FIVE items (in this order): 1) CV 2) Dissertation Research Proposal (8 pages max; single spaced; Times New Roman; 12 point font; 1 inch margins; references must be included within the 8 page limit) 3) Essay #1: (350 words max; single spaced; 12 point font;Times New Roman; 1 inch margins; 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.) 4) Essay # 2 (350 words max; single spaced; 12 point font;Times New Roman; 1 inch margins; describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.) 5) Current and past transcripts
  8. Please request a letter of recommendation from your current advisor. The letter should be a maximum of two pages. PLEASE LET THEM KNOW YOU WILL BE REQUESTING A LETTER NOW! They will not be requested until your application is submitted, and we want to give them as much time as possible to submit.
  9. Please request a second letter of recommendation.
  10. Please request a third letter of recommendation (optional).
  11. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and broadening participation in computing (BPC) are an important part of the UIUC CS mission. Please write a brief paragraph telling us how DEI figures into your past and present teaching, research, community engagement, and your lived experience? How do you imagine incorporating attention to DEI into your future work?
  12. To the best of my knowledge, I have not committed any action that violates the UIUC Student Code or the CS Department Values and Code of Conduct.
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