Google PhD Fellowship

Google PhD Fellowships directly support graduate students as they pursue their PhD, as well as connect them to a Google Research Mentor.

Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related research areas.

Approximately fifteen fellows will be named in the following areas this year:

  • Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Machine Learning
  • Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision
  • Mobile Computing
  • Natural Language Processing (including Information Retrieval and Extraction)
  • Privacy and Security
  • Programming Technology and Software Engineering
  • Quantum Computing
  • Structured Data and Database Management
  • Systems and Networking


Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD in Computer Science or related field.
  • US/Canadian students must be in at least their 3rd year of a PhD program by the fall semester or quarter of the year when the Fellowship begins. The nominating university will be asked to confirm the student’s PhD program start date.
  • The recipient must remain an active, full-time student in a PhD program during at least two academic years of the award or forfeit award.
  • Google employees, and their spouses, children, and members of their household are not eligible.
  • Students that are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible.

Penn Application Instructions:

This application requires 2-3 letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from your thesis advisor.  Please visit the Letter of Recommendation Request form as soon as possible so as to give your recommenders ample time to submit letters of recommendation before the November 11 Penn Deadline.

Please combine the following into one PDF:

  1. Please combine the following into one PDF:

  2. Most current CV

  3. 1-page CV of your advisor

  4. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts

  5. Research/dissertation proposal (no longer than 8 pages)

  6. Student essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe the desired impact your research will make on the field and society, and why this is important to you. Include any personal, educational and/or professional experiences that have motivated your research interests.

  7. Student essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
    1. A leadership role can mean more than just a title. It can mean being a mentor to others, acting as the person in charge of a specific task, or taking the lead role in organizing an event or project. Think about what you accomplished and what you learned from the experience. What were your responsibilities?
    2. Did you lead a team? How did your experience change your perspective on leading others? Did you help to resolve an important dispute at your school, church, in your community or an organization? And your leadership role doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to school activities. For example, do you help out or take care of your family?

Once that is prepared, visit the Penn Internal Fellowships Application to submit your application.


Internal Competition Deadline: November 11, 2019 at 5PM

Internal Competition Winners notified: November 25, 2019

Provost’s Office submits 4 nominees: November 30, 2019

Contact Information

Dr. Aaron Olson

Fellowship Location: 

Fellowship Type

Graduate Study

Fellowship Eligibility

Graduate Student