Graduate Funding Information Service

June 15, 2021

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship

Department Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2021, 12:00 noon Pacific Time

  • For full-time PhD students who will be in their third year, beginning fall of 2021
  • Nominated for fellowship by department chair’s office
  • Proposed research must be closely related to the general areas of research carried out by Microsoft Research lab members or those within an applied research group in other parts of Microsoft (listed below)
  • Stipend of $42,000 for two academic years (2022-23 & 2023-2024)
  • Open to students of any nationality

The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship is a global program that identifies and empowers the next generation of exceptional computing research talent. Microsoft recognizes the value of diversity in computing and aims to increase the pipeline of talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields to build a stronger and inclusive computing-related research community. They currently offer PhD fellowships in Asia-Pacific, Canada and the United States, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), and Latin America.

Over the last two decades, the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship program has supported over 700 fellows around the world, many of whom have gone on to work at Microsoft. Others have gone on to perform research elsewhere within the technology industry or accept faculty appointments at universities.

Areas of research include the following:

  • Algorithms
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Audio & acoustics
  • Computer vision
  • Data platforms and analytics
  • Ecology & environment
  • Economics
  • Graphics & multimedia
  • Hardware & devices
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Human language technologies
  • Mathematics
  • Medical, health & genomics
  • Programming languages & software engineering
  • Quantum computing
  • Search & information retrieval
  • Security, privacy & cryptography
  • Social sciences
  • Systems & networking
  • Technology for emerging markets

Click here for more information on the fellowship for students studying in Canada and the U.S., including how to apply.