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2016/2017 Facebook Fellowship Award for International Graduate Students



About Facebook:

Scholarship Provider: Facebook

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University.

It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Since 2006, anyone who is at least 13 years old was allowed to become a registered user of the website, though the age requirement may be higher depending on applicable local laws. Its name comes from a colloquialism for the directory given to it by American universities’ students.

After registering to use the site, users can create a user profile, add other users as “friends”, exchange messages, post status updates and photos, share videos and receive notifications when others update their profiles. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their friends into lists such as “People From Work” or “Close Friends”.

Facebook had over 1.18 billion monthly active users as of August 2015. Because of the large volume of data users submit to the service, Facebook has come under scrutiny for their privacy policies. Facebook, Inc. held its initial public offering in February 2012 and began selling stock to the public three months later, reaching an original peak market capitalization of $104 billion. On July 13, 2015, Facebook became the fastest company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to reach a market cap of $250 billion.

About the 2016/2017 Facebook Fellowship Award for International Graduate Students:

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2016/2017 Facebook Fellowship Award for International Graduate Students. Facebook Fellowship Program is open to full-time PhD students (domestic and international) enrolled during the current academic year and studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area.

Giving people the power to share and connect requires constant innovation. At Facebook, research permeates everything we do. We believe the most interesting research questions are derived from real-world problems. Our engineers work on cutting edge research with a practical focus and push product boundaries every day.

We believe that close relationships with the academic community will enable us to address many of these problems at a fundamental level and solve them. As part of our ongoing commitment to building academic relationships, we are pleased to announce the two year Facebook Fellowship program to support PhD students in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.

Type of Scholarship:

PhD Fellowship

Criteria For Eligibility:

This Program is open to individuals who are enrolled full-time, as defined by the individual’s university, and in good standing at an appropriately accredited doctoral program focusing on a Topic or Field (whether an individual is engaged in research in a Topic or Field will be determined in Facebook’s sole discretion).

You are not eligible to participate in this Program if you are a national or legal resident of those countries in which the United States has embargoed goods (including, without limitation, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria, unless you are enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the United States or a non-embargoed country, with the exception of nationals and legal residents of Cuba, who are unconditionally ineligible to participate).

Further, the Award, or portions thereof, may be forfeited if an Award recipient does not remain enrolled with full-time status and in good standing at the same doctoral program for the entire period of the award.

Number of Scholarships:

Not specified

Fields of Study:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Vision
  • Data Mining
  • Databases
  • Distributed Systems, Networking & Operating Systems
  • Economics and Computation
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Networking & Operating Systems
  • Programming Languages & Compilers
  • Security & Privacy
  • Social Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Speech Technologies

Scholarship Value / Benefits:

Each Facebook Fellowship includes several benefits:

  • Tuition and fees will be paid for the academic year(s) 2016-2017 and 2017-2018
  • $37,000 yearly grant
  • Paid visit to Facebook HQ to present your research
  • Opportunity for paid internship

Scholarship Duration:

Facebook Fellowship Award to cover two years!

Eligible Countries / Target Groups:

Domestic and International Students

Scholarship to Be Taken At:

Any country (excluding US embargoed countries)

Application Instructions / Procedure:

Required application materials:

  • Research Summary
    1-2 page research summary, which clearly identifies the area of focus and applicability of anticipated research to Facebook.
  • Resume or CV
  • Two email contacts for a letter of recommendation:
    1. Advisor
    2. Professional reference (can be from academia or industry)

How to Apply for the Scholarship:

To apply, eligible individuals must submit the following materials (collectively, “Application”) to Facebook, or email a Word or PDF file of the Application to facebookfellowship@fb.com with the subject line “Fellowship Program Application”:

  • Curriculum Vitae (“CV”): Your Application must include your CV, which should detail prior relevant work experience, academic record, and publication record.
  • Letters of Reference: Application must include the name and contact information of two (2) people who will be providing letters of reference on behalf of the applicant. The letters of reference should address the applicant’s skills and character and why the applicant deserves to receive the Award. One (1) letter of reference must be from the applicant’s current doctoral program advisor. All letters must be submitted by the references by the Application due date.
  • Research Proposal: Application must include a one (1) to two (2) page (single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, one (1) inch margins) research proposal in your Field of study. Research proposals will be reviewed, subject to the two (2) page limit, and any page(s) submitted in excess of the two (2) page limit may not be read. Additionally, the Research Proposal must clearly identify the area of focus and applicability of anticipated research to Facebook.
  • Research Area: The research proposal must address the applicant’s PhD research area. Transcript (OPTIONAL): Application may also include transcripts from any/all post-secondary educational institutions that the applicant has attended.

Application Deadline: 

Applications open on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 12:00am PST.
Completed applications are due by Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 12:00pm PST.
(Applications may be saved and edited up until application deadline)

Offered annually? Yes

Official Scholarship Website:

For more information and to apply, visit:

>> https://www.facebook.com/careers/program/Fellowship2015/apply/



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