2021 Google PhD Fellowship Program for Africans

Deadline: April 21, 2021.

Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to computer science and related fields. Fellowships support promising PhD candidates of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology. Google’s mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD and enrolled in an African, Indian or Southeast Asian* institution.
    • Undergraduate or Master’s students and professionals may apply.
    • Undergraduate and Master’s student applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time students at an African, Indian, or Southeast Asian university.
    • Professionals must be employed/affiliated with an organization registered in Africa, India, or Southeast Asia.
    • For these applicants, the Fellowship award shall be contingent on the awardee registering for a full-time PhD program of an African, Indian, or Southeast Asian university in computer science (or an adjacent field) within the calendar year of the Fellowship award, or the award shall be forfeited.
    • Grant of the Fellowship does not mean admission to the PhD program of a university. The awardee must also complete the PhD admission process of the respective institute/university where they wish to register for a PhD.
    • Grant of the Fellowship will be subject to the rules and guidelines applicable in the institute/university where the awardee registers for the PhD program.
    • Students must remain enrolled full-time in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the 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.

BENEFITS

  • Up to 3 year Fellowship
  • US $30K to cover stipend and other research related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel
  • Google Research Mentor

APPLICATION

Students will need the following documents in order to complete an application (in English only):

  1. Student applicant’s resume with links to website and publications (if available)
  2. Available transcripts (mark sheets) starting from first year/semester of Bachelor’s degree to date
  3. Research proposal (maximum 3 pages, excluding references)
  4. 2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s work (at least one from the thesis advisor for current PhD students)
  5. Africa only:
    • Short (one-page) resume of the student’s PhD program advisor
    • Applicant’s essay response (350-word limit) to: What impact would receiving this scholarship have on your education? Describe any circumstances affecting your need for a scholarship and what educational goals this scholarship will enable you to accomplish.

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