Apply for the Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship as a student in Europe, Middle East and Africa to get a fully funded scholarship and a research grant of $15,000 USD to complete your doctor’s thesis.
Application Deadline: June 30 2021
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Proposals and letters of recommendation for the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship will be accepted through Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM UTC. The below outlines the information necessary to submit your proposal in our submission portal.
You will be asked to answer the below questions in a form:
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Thesis proposal or research statement title
You will be asked to upload 3 documents:
Proposals must be submitted in English, and accepted formats are docx, doc, and pdf. Email or hard-copy submissions will not be considered. Name the individual files using the convention indicated below. Include your first name and last name as part of your file name each separated by an underscore (e.g. Jane_Smith_cv.docx).
Curriculum vitae – file name: cv
Thesis proposal or research statement (short and concise is recommended—no more than two pages including references with font no smaller than 10-point) – file name: thesis
Summary of the above thesis proposal or research statement (no more than 150 words; font no smaller than 10-point) – file name: summary
You will be asked to request 2 letters of recommendation (third one being optional) via the submission portal:
Add the contact information (name, affiliation, email) and send the email request through the submission portal to your two or three recommenders as soon as possible so they have ample time to provide a letter. Their deadline is the same as your proposal deadline on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM UTC. They should be established researchers familiar with your research (at least one of which must be from your primary academic advisor/supervisor and only one letter can be from a current Microsoft employee). Once you send the request through the submission portal, they will receive a private link to upload a letter of recommendation for you. Please note that you and your recommenders may need to check your junk folders in order to find emails from our portal. As reference, here is a list of the various system email addresses you can add to allowed emails.
Microsoft cannot assume responsibility for the confidentiality of information submitted in the proposals. Therefore, proposals should not contain information that is confidential, restricted, or sensitive. Microsoft reserves the right to make public the information on those proposals that receive awards, except those portions containing budgetary or personally identifiable information.
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. We 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 pioneering research elsewhere within the technology industry or accept faculty appointments at leading universities.
Fellowships for PhD students at universities globally pursuing research aligned to the Microsoft Research areas of focus.
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