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.
Fellowships for PhD students at universities globally pursuing research aligned to the Microsoft Research areas of focus.
Explore our website to learn more about these areas of research.
- Artificial intelligence
- Audio & acoustics
- Computer vision
- Data platforms and analytics
- Ecology & environment
- Graphics & multimedia
- Hardware & devices
- Human-computer interaction
- Human language technologies
- Medical, health & genomics
- Programming languages & software engineering
- Quantum computing
- Search & information retrieval
- Security, privacy & cryptography
- Social sciences
- Systems & networking
- Technology for emerging markets
Nomination from the University is due June 30, 2021
- Tuition and fees will be covered for two academic years (2022–23 and 2023–24).
- A $42,000 USD stipend will be provided to help with living expenses while in school for two academic years (2022-23 and 2023-24). The stipend is not expected to cover all living expenses; it can be used for expenses including, but not limited to, childcare, conference fees and travel, research equipment, meals, rent, etc.
- Opportunities will be provided to build relationships with research teams at Microsoft and receive mentorship.
PhD students must be nominated by their university, and their nomination must be submitted by the office of the chair of the department.
Students must be enrolled at a university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
Students must be in their third year of a PhD program in the fall semester or quarter of 2019. The department chair’s office at the nominating university will need to attest that the student is considered a third year PhD student having taken into account transfers, approved leaves of absence, etc.
A maximum of three nominations per department will be accepted; if more than two are nominated, then at least one nominee should help us increase the opportunities for students who are underrepresented in the field of computing. This includes those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or person with a disability.
The recipient must remain an active, full-time student in a PhD program during the two consecutive academic years of the award or forfeit the award. Fellowships are not available for extension; however, leaves of absence will be considered on a case by case basis.
A recipient of the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship may not receive another fellowship from another company or institution during the same academic period. Fellows accepting multiple fellowships may become ineligible to receive continued funding from Microsoft. Microsoft will at its sole discretion consider a joint fellowship with a government or non-profit organization.