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The 2023 Nominees have been announced please see the nominees names listed at the end of this page. Google Fellowship is allowing 4th-year nominees, Google would like to remind all nominees that the period of support is not to exceed three (3) years.


2023 Cohort Call for Nominations

UC San Diego has been invited to submit nominations for the Google Ph.D. Fellowship 2023 Cohort. The Google Ph.D. Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to computer science and related fields. A list of related research focuses can be found below.

UCSD may put forward a maximum of 4 nominations. If UCSD fills all four nomination slots, the third and fourth nominees must self-identify with one of the following underrepresented groups (a woman, Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and/or person with a disability). Therefore, if you are nominating a student that self-identifies with one of these underrepresented groups, please include this information in your nomination.

About the Award

Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. Fellowships support promising Ph.D. candidates of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology. Google’s mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply.

  • This is a 1-year Fellowship, but may be renewed up to 3 years. 
  • Up to 3 year Fellowship
  • Full tuition and fees (enrollment fees, health insurance, books) plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment
  • Google Research Mentor

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must work in a research area of interest to Google (see below)
  • We expect most nominees to be in their 3rd year of the PhD program at the time of nomination. But exceptional 2nd year students will also be considered. Students beyond their 3rd year are welcomed to apply. 
  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD and enrolled in an institution in one of the regions listed above.
  • Completed graduate coursework by the Fall of the award year, when the Fellowship begins (Fall 2023).
  • 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.

Fellowship Research Focuses

The Fellowships are awarded to students who represent the future of research in the following fields:

Algorithms, Optimizations and MarketsProgramming Languages and Software Engineering
Computational NeuroscienceQuantum Computing
Health ResearchNatural Language Processing (including Information Retrieval and Extraction)
Human-Computer InteractionStructured Data and Database Management
Machine LearningSystems and Networking
Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer VisionMobile Computing
Privacy and Security
Nomination & Materials


  • If you would like to nominate a student please submit this nomination form by Wednesday, August 31st, 2022, and include an attachment of all documents listed below.
  • Students may not self-nominate and faculty members must work with their department Graduate Coordinator to formally nominate their students. 
  • Each department may nominate two (2) students,  In the event that we get more than 2 nominations from campus departments we will return the nominations to the department to submit only the top two (2) students. The Graduate Fellowship Review Committee will decide which four (4) students will become the final nominees to represent UC San Diego. 

  • If your student is selected for nomination, your department will need to create a Kuali record. More information about the record requirements will be provided at that time. 

Nomination Materials

The following information should be submitted via the nomination form in a single PDF:


Page Limits


Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)


CV of Student’s Primary Advisor

1 page

 3Provide student's expected graduation date, first enrolled in UCSD date, student's home department, and student identification number. 


Transcripts of current and previous academic records (unofficial)


2-3 Letters of Recommendation from those familiar with the nominee’s work. At least one should be from the thesis advisor.


Research/dissertation proposal including references

8 pages maximum


Student Essay #1 Response:

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.

350-word limit


Student Essay #2 Response:

Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.

  • 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 have accomplished and what you learned from the experience. What were your responsibilities?
  • 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?

350 word limit

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

  • Applications are evaluated on the strength of the research proposal, research impact, student academic achievements, and leadership potential.
  • Research 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.
  • In the United States, Canada, and Europe, essay responses are evaluated in addition to application materials to determine an overall recommendation.
  • Research should align with Google AI Principles.



Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Please submit nominations via this Google Form:

If you have any questions please send an email to which will create a support ticket.



  • 08/31/2022- Internal Deadline to submit nominations
  • 09/14/2022- Graduate Fellowship Committee to review all nominees
  • 09/25/2022- Agency deadline
    • Graduate Division will submit nominations to Google




Nominee NameDepartmentSelection Results
Bojing JiaBioinformatics and Systems BiologyNominated
Jennifer SwitzerComputer Science and EngineeringSelected
Ke SunComputer Science and EngineeringSelected
Vijay VeerabadranCognitive ScienceNominated
Department Fellowship Administration and Accounting

The Google Fellowship is a gift under Fund RN552. GEPA's Dean, Jim Antony, serves as the PI on this award. 

When a student has been awarded the fellowship, google will reach out in early spring to request additional information from the department and student, including updated Tuition and Fee amount for the upcoming year. Tuition and Fee's are typically published to campus in July, so once these have been established, please let google know. 

Since this is a gift, please work with GEPA's Financial Analyst and UCSD's Gift Processing Office to complete the appropriate award acceptance documents.

This fellowship should be used as per the intent of the Google Fellowship written in the award letter. 

Chart of Accounts:

  • Each awardee will receive a unique project tied to their financial unit under fund RN552. 
  • Once the project has been established, please request appropriate AIDID's in order to use the fellowship

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