Google US/Canada PhD Fellowship Program

Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google U.S./Canada PhD Student Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas. This year we awarded 15 unique fellowships to some amazing students in the US and Canada:

  • Waleed Ammar, Natural Language Processing (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Nick Arnosti, Market Algorithms (Stanford University)
  • Osbert Bastani, Programming Languages (Stanford University)
  • Saurabh Gupta, Computer Vision (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Masoud Moshref Javadi, Computer Networking (University of Southern California)
  • Justin Meza, Systems Reliability (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Muhammad Naveed, Security (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Aaron Parks, Mobile Networking (University of Washington)
  • Kyle Rector, Human Computer Interaction (University of Washington)
  • Riley Spahn, Privacy (Columbia University)
  • Yun Teng, Computer Graphics (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Carl Vondrick, Machine Perception, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Xiaolan Wang, Structured Data (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Wojciech Zaremba, Machine Learning (New York University)
  • Tan Zhang, Mobile Systems (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

It's an honor to be supporting these future leaders of the field, and we offer our congratulations with excitement and high expectations.

Fellowship Details

Google will award two-year fellowships consisting of:

  • tuition and fees
  • $34K yearly stipend (paid over 9 months of the academic year)
  • Google Research Mentor
  • third year extension possible at Google's discretion

Applications are not accepted directly from students. Please contact your department to find out if your university is one of the eligible universities, or to receive additional information.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for the 2016 Google U.S./Canada PhD Fellowship Program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD in the research areas represented by the fellowships
  • Must attend one of the eligible schools and universities. Student must remain enrolled in the PhD program or forfeit the fellowship award
  • Must be nominated by their department
  • Must have completed their graduate coursework in the PhD program and be embarking on or continuing their graduate research in the fall of 2016
  • Students who are already receiving another fellowship are not eligible

Application Process and Requirements

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)

Each eligible university is invited to submit a maximum of two student nominations for fellowship consideration. Please feel free to extend your search to students who may be in other department other than Computer Science but also pursuing their research in the computational sciences. Note that given that the fellowship areas overlap, we may choose a different fellowship for your nomination.

Nominations and applications materials are due December 1, 2015. Committees of distinguished engineers and researchers from within Google will be reviewing all applications. Students may be invited for an in-person interview following the initial review. Invitations for the 2016 program will be sent out in September of 2015.

Fellowship recipients will be announced in February of 2016. For more information on previous Google Fellowship recipients, please see Google U.S./Canada PhD Fellowship Recipients.


How many students may each university nominate?

Each invited university may nominate up to 2 students.

Who should submit the applications?

Students may not submit their own application. Nominations and application materials must be submitted directly by the university.

How should applications be submitted?

A nomination process will be available early next year for submissions and eligible schools will receive an e-mail once it has been activated with more instructions.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible for a Google Fellowship?

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

Can students apply directly for a fellowship?

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

What are the intellectual property implications of a Google Fellowship?

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.

Will the fellowship recipients become employees of Google?

No, there will not be any employee relationship between fellowship recipients and Google.

Can fellowship recipients also be considered for the Anita Borg Scholarship?

No, fellowship recipients are not eligible for the Anita Borg Scholarship. For more information, please see the Anita Borg Scholarship Website.

When do the fellowships start?

The 2016 Google U.S./Canada PhD Fellowships will begin in September 2016.

How is the Fellowship given?

Monetary awards will be given directly to the student's university for distribution. The funds are given as an unrestricted gift and overhead should not be assessed against them.

Are there fellowships outside of the United States?

Please see information about our Google European Doctoral Fellowship Programme and China Google PhD Fellowship Program.