2022 Google Africa PhD Fellowship Program:
Google Calls for Applications from Full-Time Graduate Students Pursuing a PhD and Enrolled in an African institution for its 2022 Google Africa PhD Fellowship Program. Deadline: 20th May, 2022, See Eligibility, Benefits, Fields of Interest, Application Guidelines and Procedure.
The 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 and innovative research in areas relevant to computer
science and related fields. Fellowships support promising PhD candidates
of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology.
mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourages
people of diverse backgrounds to apply. They currently offer Fellowships
in Africa, Australia and New Zealand, East Asia, Europe, India, the
United States and Canada.
Fields of Interest.
PhD Fellowship students are a select group recognized by Google
researchers and their institutions as some of the most promising young
academics in the world. The Fellowships are awarded to students who
represent the future of research in the following fields:
- 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 Languages and Software Engineering
- Quantum Computing
- Structured Data and Database Management
- Systems and Networking
- Open to full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD and enrolled in an African institution.
- Early-stage PhD students enrolled one year or less.
- Applicants who are currently in their first year of a part-time PhD program and transferring to full-time positions.
undergraduate or masters students and professionals may apply. The
Google Fellowship award shall be contingent on the awardee registering
for a full-time PhD program of an African university in Computer Science
or related fields within the calendar year of the fellowship, or the
award shall be forfeited.
- Applicants enrolled in an undergraduate or masters program must be current, full-time students at an African university.
must be employed/affiliated with an organization registered in Africa,
and receipt of the award is contingent on them joining a full-time PhD
program at an African university within the calendar year of the award.
of the Google Fellowship does not mean admission to the PhD program of a
university. The awardee must also complete the PhD admission process of
the respective institute/university where he/she wishes to register for
- Grant of the Google Fellowship will be subject to the
rules and guidelines applicable in the institute/university where the
awardee registers for the PhD program.
- Students must remain enrolled full-time in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the 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.
- Up to 3 year Fellowship
- USD $30K to cover stipend and other research related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel
- Google Research Mentor
are evaluated on the strength of the research proposal, research
impact, student academic achievements, and leadership potential.
proposals are evaluated for innovative concepts that are relevant to
Google’s research areas, as well as aspects of robustness and potential
impact to the field.
- Proposals should include the direction and
any plans of where your work is going in addition to a comprehensive
description of the research you are pursuing.
How to Apply.
You’ll need the following documents in order to complete an application (in English only):
- Student applicant’s resume with links to website and publications (if available)
- Short (1-page) resume of the student’s PhD program advisor
- Available transcripts (mark sheets) starting from first year/semester of Bachelor’s degree to date
- Research proposal (maximum 8 pages)
letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s work
(at least one from the thesis advisor for current PhD students)
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
Please see the FAQ for more information
Applications for the 2022 program will open in February 2022 and close in May 2022. Notification of decisions will be made by June 2022.