Applications for the 2021 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship for EMEA are currently being received. For the purposes of this fellowship, those students submitting a proposal must attend a university in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must be entering their third year or beyond of their PhD program sometime between August 2021 – July 2022 having taken into account transfers, approved leaves of absence, etc.
This program try to fulfill the Microsoft mission, which is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Fellows should support this mission and embrace opportunities to foster diverse and inclusive cultures within their communities. The program has supported many students over the past years. Some fellows are currently working for Microsoft, while others are working for other companies in the technology industry.
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- Host institution: Universities in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA).
- Research Areas: Cloud Infrastructure, Confidential Computing, Future of Work, Health Intelligence, Machine Intelligence.
- Number of awards: Not specified.
- Duration: Not Specified.
- Eligible Countries: Open to all countries.
Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship for EMEA Benefits
The Microsoft Fellowship will provide the following benefits to selected candidates:
- $15,000 USD is provided to help complete research as part of their doctoral thesis work for academic year 2022–23.
- Eligible recipients will be offered a 12-week paid Internship with Microsoft Research’s Cambridge, UK lab, or the Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI).
- Opportunities will be provided to build relationships with research teams at Microsoft and receive mentorship.
Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship for EMEA Eligibility
To apply for the Microsoft Fellowship Program, applicants must satisfy the below criteria:
- PhD students must be enrolled at a university in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, or Africa).
- Proposed research must be closely related to one of the themes at Microsoft Research Cambridge (Cloud Infrastructure, Confidential Computing, Future of Work, Health Intelligence, Machine Intelligence)
- Students must be entering their third year or beyond of their PhD program sometime between August 2021 – July 2022 having taken into account transfers, approved leaves of absence, etc.
- PhD students must continue to be enrolled at the university in the beginning of academic year 2022 or forfeit the award.
- Payment of the award, as described above, will be made directly to the university and dispersed according to the university’s policies. Microsoft will have discretion as to how any remaining funds will be used if the student is no longer qualified to receive funding (e.g., if the student unenrolled from the program, graduates, or transfers to a different university).
- Funding is for use only during the recipient’s time in the PhD program; it cannot be used for support in a role past graduation, such as a postdoc or faculty position. Those interested in receiving this fellowship will need to confirm their PhD program starting month and year, as well as their expected graduation month and year.
- PhD students submitting a proposal should be able to communicate about their research (both in writing and verbally) in English.
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Eligible applicants, who wish to apply for the Microsoft Research Fellowship, should click on the apply button below and follow instructions to fill the form.
You will be asked to answer the below questions in a form:
- Your name, email, country, university, and department
- Primary area of research (from those listed above)
- Thesis proposal or research statement title
- Month and year entered the PhD program and expected graduation date (you must be entering your third year or beyond sometime between August 2021 – July 2022)
- URL to your professional website (optional, but strongly recommended; you are encouraged to make certain it is up-to-date)
- One to three academic conferences you are most likely to attend
- Self-assessment of the Statement of Good Standing”
You will be asked to upload 3 documents. Your curriculum vitae, thesis proposal or research statement, and one-page summary will be uploaded separately. 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. For questions regarding proposals, contact Microsoft Research Fellowships at [email protected] .
The deadline to submit nominations is . For more detail on the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship for EMEA, please visit the official page. To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.