Google PhD Fellowship Program in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Mainland China
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, related disciplines, or promising research areas. The program will award up to 6 fellowships in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and mainland China in 2018 from among the following:
- Google Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience
- Google Fellowship in Computer Vision
- Google Fellowship in Machine Learning
- Google Fellowship in Mobile Computing
- Google Fellowship in Natural Language Processing
- Google Fellowship in Systems
Applications are not accepted directly from students, except students from invited universities in Japan. Please contact your department to find out if your university is one of the eligible universities, or to receive additional information.
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 2018 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
- Must attend one of the eligible schools and universities. Student must remain enrolled in the PhD program or forfeit the fellowship award
- Must be nominated by their department/university, except students from invited 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 2018
- 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
For each student nomination, the university will be asked to submit (students from invited universities in Japan also need to submit):
- Name of fellowship for which student is being considered
- Student CV
- 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
Each eligible university is invited to submit a maximum of 2 student nominations for fellowship consideration, except invited universities in Japan. Please feel free to extend your search to students who may be in other department other than Computer Science but also pursuing their research in the computational sciences. Note that given that the fellowship areas overlap, we may choose a different fellowship for your nomination. Nominations and applications materials are due May 31, 2018. Committees of distinguished engineers and researchers from within Google will be reviewing all applications.
How many students may each university nominate?
Each invited university in South Korea, Hong Kong and mainland China may nominate up to 2 students. There's no limit per each invited university in Japan.
Who should submit the applications?
- Students from South Korea, Hong Kong and mainland China may not submit their own application. Nominations and application materials must be submitted directly by the university.
- Students from invited universities in Japan can submit their applications directly 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?
Google will provide information about how applications should be submitted in March/April 2018.
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 South Korea, Hong Kong and mainland China must be nominated by an eligible university in order to be considered. Students from invited universities in 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 2018 PhD Fellowships should begin in September 2018, although may start later with the agreement of Google.
Are there fellowships outside of Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and mainland China?
We currently offer fellowship in Australia, China and 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.