2020 Facebook Fellowship Program for PhD Students

Deadline: October 4, 2019.

The Facebook Fellowship Program is designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering at an accredited university.

The program is open to students in any year of their PhD study and supports talented students from traditionally under-represented minority groups. Applications are evaluated based on the strength of the student’s research statement, publication record and recommendation letters.



Applications will be accepted from students with research related to one of the following areas:

1. Applied Statistics

2. AR/VR Photonics and Optics

3. AR/VR Privacy and Ethics

4. Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

5. Computational Social Science
6. Computer Graphics

7. Computer Vision

8. Compute Storage and Efficiency

9. Distributed Systems

10. Economics and Computation

11. Instagram/Facebook App Well-being and Safety

12. Machine Learning

13. Natural Language Processing

14. Networking and Connectivity

15. Privacy and Data Use

16. Programming Languages

17. Security/Privacy

18. Social and Economic Policy

19. Spoken Language Processing and Audio Classification

20. Structured Data Stores

21. Systems for Machine Learning

22. Research outside the above: relevant work in areas that may not align with the research priorities highlighted above.



  • Applicants must be full-time PhD students currently involved in on-going research who are enrolled in an accredited university in any country
  • Students’ work must be related to one or more relevant disciplines (see research areas below)
  • Students must be enrolled during the academic year(s) the Fellowship is awarded



  • Tuition and fees paid for the academic year (up to two years/four semesters)
  • $37K grant (one-time payment during each academic year)
  • Up to $5,000 in conference travel support
  • Paid visit to Facebook headquarters to for the annual Fellowship Summit



  • 500-word research summary which clearly identifies the area of focus, importance to the field and applicability to Facebook of the anticipated research during the award (reference the research areas below)
  • Resume or CV, with email, phone and mailing address, and applicable coursework noted
  • Two letters of recommendation. Please provide reference email addresses. One reference must be from an academic advisor




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