Google PhD Fellowship Program in Japan, Korea, mainland China and Hong Kong
Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google PhD Student Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related research areas. The program will award up to 6 fellowships in Japan, Korea, mainland China and Hong Kong in 2019.
Research areas (Japan and Korea)
- Computational Neuroscience
- Computer Vision
- Machine Learning
- Mobile Computing
- Natural Language Processing
Research areas (mainland China and Hong Kong)
- Information Retrieval
- Mobile Computing
- Programming Languages and Software Engineering
Google will award one-year fellowship consisting of:
- US$10K: to cover stipend and other research related activities, travel expense including overseas travel. (Please be noted that monetary awards differ by regions)
- Google Research Mentor
- Opportunity to join Google global annual PhD Fellowship Summit and covering the travel cost
- Opportunity to apply for a paid summer internship (but not guaranteed and not required)
In order to be considered for the 2019 Google PhD Fellowship Program, students must meet the following criteria:
- Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD in the research areas represented by the fellowships
- Students must remain enrolled in the PhD program or forfeit the fellowship award
- Must be nominated by their department/university, except students from universities in Japan
- Must have completed their graduate coursework in the PhD program and be embarking on or continuing their graduate research in the fall of 2019
- Students who have already received fellowship from other companies are not eligible (but not conflict with those from local government).
- Google employees and family members of Google employees are not eligible
Application Process and Requirements
In Korea, mainland China and Hong Kong, accredited PhD granting institutions in Computer Science or related fields may nominate up to 2 eligible students during the application period. In Japan, PhD students will need to directly send application packet to Google.
Please submit nominations and the following application materials by the end of May 31, 2019.
- Name of fellowship for which student is being considered
- Student CV (please include your Name in local language as well)
- 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)
- All application materials should be in English
Note that given that the fellowship areas overlap, we may choose a different fellowship for your nomination. Committees of distinguished engineers and researchers from within Google will be reviewing all applications.
How many students may each university nominate?
In Korea, mainland China and Kong Kong, each university may nominate up to 2 eligible students.
Who should submit the applications?
Students from Korea, mainland China and Hong Kong may not submit their own application. Nominations and application materials must be submitted directly by the university. Students from Japan will need to directly send application packet to Google.
I have received a fellowship from the local government, can I apply for Google's PhD Fellowship program?
Yes, you can apply for the program.
How should applications be submitted?
Universities in Korea, mainland China and Hong Kong, may nominate up to 2 students, and please submit application materials to email@example.com. Students from Japan will need to directly send application packet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In what format should the application materials be?
All documents submitted should be in PDF format.
Are international students eligible for a Google Fellowship?
Yes, as long as the other eligibility criteria are met.
Can students apply directly for a fellowship?
Students from Korea, mainland China and Hong Kong, must be nominated by their university in order to be considered. Students from Japan can apply directly.
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.
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.
When do the fellowships start?
The 2019 PhD Fellowships should begin in September 2019, although may start later with the agreement of Google.
Are there fellowships outside of Japan, Korea, mainland China and Hong Kong?
We currently offer fellowship in Australia, North East Asia, Europe and the Middle East, India, the United States and Canada. Please see FAQ of Google global PhD fellowship program to find for more details on regional eligibility and specifics of the award.