The Google PhD Fellowship Program recognizes outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas. Fellowship students are given funding to support them in their graduate studies. Google runs PhD Fellowship programs in several regions throughout the globe including U.S./Canada, Europe, Australia, India,China and East Asia.

We do not publish the list of eligible universities, however direct invitations for nominations are sent to the computer science departments and/or Graduate Funding offices of participating schools.

Students cannot apply directly to the program; they must be nominated by an eligible university. Nomination instructions are sent to eligible universities and submissions must be provided directly by an official representative of the university. Note that students that are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible to receive a Google PhD Fellowship.

Students receive named Fellowships which include a monetary award. The funds are given directly to the university to be distributed to cover the student’s expenses and stipend as appropriate. The funds are given as an unrestricted gift, and it is Google’s policy not to pay for overhead on unrestricted gifts. In addition, the student will be matched with a Google Research Mentor who we hope will become a valuable resource to the student. There is no employee relationship between the student and Google as a result of receiving the fellowship. Fellowship recipients are not subject to intellectual property restrictions unless they complete an internship at Google. Fellowship recipients serving an internship are subject to the same intellectual property and other contractual obligations as any other Google intern. If a Fellowship student is interested, an internship at Google is encouraged, but not guaranteed or required.

Each invited entity may nominate up to two students, unless otherwise stated.

Materials must be submitted by chairs of the department from eligible universities, or their designated contact.

  • Google will provide information about how to submit applications in the Fall of 2016.
  • For each student nomination, the university will be asked to submit:
    • name of fellowship for which student is being considered
    • student CV
    • transcript of current and previous academic records
    • research/dissertation proposal (recommended length 4-5 pages, no longer than 8)
    • 2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the nominee's work (at least one coming from the thesis advisor)

All documents submitted should be in PDF format, compiled into a single file.

All application documents must be in English.

Yes, as long as the other eligibility criteria are met.

No, students must be nominated by an eligible university in order to be considered.

Any monetary awards will be paid directly to the Fellow's university for distribution. No overhead should be assessed against them.

The funds are given as an unrestricted gift. Fellowship recipients are not subject to intellectual property restrictions unless they complete an internship at Google. If that is the case, they are subject to the same intellectual property restrictions as any other Google intern.

No, there will not be any employee relationship (except as an intern) between Fellowship recipients and Google.

Yes, Fellowship recipients are eligible for these scholarships. For more information, please see the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship or the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities.

The 2017 Google PhD Fellowships will begin in the fall of the 2017-2018 academic year.

  1. Australia
    • 1 Year Fellowship
  2. China and East Asia
    • 1 Year Fellowship
    • US$10K: to cover stipend and other research related activities, travel expense including overseas travel.
    • Google Research Mentor
    • Covers Mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan
  3. Europe and the Middle East
    • up to 3 Year Fellowship
    • Yearly bursary towards stipend / salary, health care, social benefits, tuition and fees, conference travel and personal computing equipment. The bursary varies by country.
    • Google Research Mentor
  4. India
    • up to 4 Year Fellowship
    • There is no limit to the number of students who may apply from each university.
    • Google Research Mentor
    • Undergraduate/Masters students and Working professionals are eligible to apply. The purpose of allowing currently studying Undergraduate/Masters students and Working professionals is to support and recognize exceptional candidates who are interesting in pursuing PhD level studies. The Fellowships awarded to these candidates will remain in a dormant mode until the awardee registers for the permanent PhD program within the calendar year 2015 at an Indian university. Once the awardee registers for PhD and subject to his/her university's guidelines regarding fellowships, the Google PhD Fellowship will be activated for him/her.
    • For additional information, please email
  5. United States and Canada
    • 2 year Fellowship with opportunity to extend to 3rd year
    • Full tuition and fees (books, health insurance, etc) plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment.
    • Google Research Mentor