UC San Diego has been invited to submit all 14 nominations received in 2022 for the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship
A maximum of four (4) nominations per department will be accepted; if two or three students are nominated, then at least one nominee should help us increase the opportunities for students who identify as part of a community that is underrepresented in the field of computing, and if four are nominated, then at least two nominees should help us increase the opportunities for students who identify as part of a community that is underrepresented in the field of computing.
This includes those who self-identify in the chart below.
Community of People(s) Underrepresented in Computing
|Woman||African American||Hispanic||Native American|
|Active Duty Service Member||Black||Latinx||Alaska Native|
|Veteran Service Member||Disabled Person||Indigenous Peoples||Native Hawaiian|
|LGBTQ+||Blank Field for Future Additions||Pacific Islander|
Future Department Nominations will still come to the Fellowship Coordinator via Google Nomination Form. Once confirmed the student is in "GOOD STANDING" and entering their 3rd Year of PhD study the Fellowship Coordinator will then let the department know that the 4 Nominations have been approved. If any department nominates more than four eligible students the Fellowship Committee will then review the nominees for the departments who submitted more than four students.
- Nominations will be submitted by the Nominating Department via the Microsoft Fellowship Webpage:
- The Nominating Department's Representative will then email the Fellowship Coordinator the Confirmation Page as a PDF.
Your curriculum vitae, thesis statement, and a one-page summary will be uploaded separately. 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).
|1||Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)|
|2||Thesis proposal or research statement (short and concise is recommended) including references.||2 pages maximum Font no smaller than 10-point) – file name: thesis|
|3||Summary of the thesis proposal or research statement with the first paragraph describing the desired impact your research will have in the field and in society, and why it is important to you (including references).||1 page maximum font no smaller than 10-point – file name Summary|
Attention PhD Fellows that will go on to compete Microsoft cannot assume responsibility for the confidentiality of information submitted in the proposals. Therefore, proposals should not contain information that is confidential, restricted, or sensitive. Microsoft reserves the right to make public the information on those proposals that receive awards, except those portions containing budgetary or personally identifiable information.
- Microsoft’s mission 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.
- PhD students must be nominated by their university. Their nomination must be submitted by someone designated by the department chair’s office in order to ensure the number of nominations per department is not exceeded.
- Students must be enrolled at a university in Canada or the United States.
- Students must be in their third year of their PhD program in the fall semester or quarter of 2022. The department chair’s office at the nominating university will need to attest that the student will be considered a third year PhD student at that time having taken into account transfers, approved leaves of absence, etc.
Proposed research must be closely related to the general areas of research carried out by Microsoft Research lab members or those within an applied research group in other parts of Microsoft. See the list of general areas of research below:
|Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning|
|Race & Technology||Race and technology are closely intertwined, shaping identities, human interaction, cultural production, and local and global power relations. We are interested in understanding the consequences and implications of technology’s relationship with race/ethnicity, how it shapes everyday life and the ways that we can build more equitable and inclusive technological futures.|
|Health & Life Sciences||The application of advanced computational methods to health and life sciences data has opened a new frontier in bioscience. We’re interested in exploring how these ML and AI-based methods can unlock new insights in areas related to clinical medicine, drug discovery, and fundamental biology, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for everyone.|
|Economics & Computational Social Sciences||Economics and Computational Social Science is the place where Economics and other social science like Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Communication, and Education meet computational ideas and methods. Computation can connect with these fields in many ways from the theoretical (using formal concepts from computer science to shed light on problems) to the applied (using computers to do things on a scale or with a level of control that is otherwise not possible).|
|Sociotechnical Systems||Sociotechnical systems researchers are working towards building conceptual tools for understanding how societies shape and are shaped by technologies, so they can make more informed strategic choices at all stages of product cycles. Areas of focus within this space include sociotechnical systems, building sociotechnical systems through community engagement, challenges of scale, and trustworthy data.|
|Mixed Reality||Research in augmented reality, virtual reality and the “metaverse” offer us visions of how we may work, play and communicate in the future. We are exploring the blending of the virtual and the real world to leverage the best aspects of both while supporting the diversity of entry points and modalities of our customers.|
|Data Platforms||Research in this area focuses on all aspects of large-scale cloud and edge data platforms and services including resource management, storage, caching, query processing, query optimization, security, and privacy. Examples of projects that we are pursuing include reducing the total cost of ownership of systems using techniques such as auto-tuning, query optimization and processing, approximate query processing, applying machine learning to improve system components, and exploiting modern hardware trends to push the envelope of performance, reliability, and cost.|
|Security, Privacy, & Cryptography||Security, privacy, and cryptography research focuses on building trust in the hardware, software, networks, and services that billions of people use every day for communication, commerce, and storage.|
|Systems & Networking||Our systems and networking teams are inventing new technologies for next-generation infrastructures and platforms for sensors, devices, edge, and the cloud. We are focused on basic and applied research in all areas related to networked systems, mobile computing, sensing, and the Internet of Things. Researchers build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish scientific papers, release software for the research community, and transfer cutting-edge technologies to Microsoft’s product groups.|
|Human-Computer Interaction||As computing becomes more ubiquitous and a new form of computing also appears, challenges to how humans interact with computers and devices keep growing. This field looks into new systems, devices, and paradigms that enable everyone to participate in the new lives that technology opens. We are interested in all forms of Augmented Devices, to Human-AI, to accessibility, to everything in between.|
Award and Funding Details
- Tuition and fees will be covered for two academic years (2023–24 and 2024–25).
- A $42,000 USD stipend will be provided to help with living expenses while in school for two academic years (2023-24 and 2024-25). The stipend is not expected to cover all living expenses; it can be used for expenses including, but not limited to, childcare, conference fees and travel, research equipment, meals, rent, etc.
- Opportunities will be provided to build relationships with research teams at Microsoft and receive mentorship.
- 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 unenrolls 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.
- A recipient of the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship subject to disciplinary proceedings for inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), or plagiarism will forfeit their funding.
- A recipient of the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship may not receive another fellowship from another technology company during the same academic period. Fellows accepting multiple fellowships may become ineligible to receive continued funding from Microsoft. Microsoft will at its sole discretion consider a joint fellowship with a government or non-profit organization.
- The recipient must remain an active, full-time student in a PhD program during the two consecutive academic years of the award or forfeit the award. Fellowships are not available for extension. If you require time away for family or medical leave, this will be accommodated. If you are unsure if a particular need for time away will affect the award, you can contact Microsoft Research Fellowships at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022
Please submit nominations via this Google Form: https://forms.gle/V7WXUFwMxHLkhHYz9
If you have any questions please send an email to email@example.com which will create a support ticket.
Program Solicitation: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/academic-program/phd-fellowship/canada-us/
Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Webinars On Demand: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/webinar/
Microsoft Research PhD Global Fellows: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/academic-program/phd-fellowship/people/
- May 9 | Call for nominations opens
- June 1 | UCSD nominations closes
- June 6 | UCSD Submits selected nominees
- June 10 | Eligible applicants invited to submit proposals (First round of selections)
- July 8 | Submission portal for proposals closes
- August 19 | Selected candidates are notified of their fellowship offer by email (Congrats you have been Selected; NOTIFY the Fellowship Coordinator Immediately for next steps)
- September 28 | Fellowship recipients are announced publicly
Nominations for the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship close on June 1st, 2022. UC San Diego will notify the selected nominees. The nominees can begin collecting the details listed under Proposal requirements. Nominated PhD students will receive an invitation email by June 10th, 2022 to submit their proposal.