Fellowship Opportunities

This page lists fellowships for the current academic year. Please see the PhD Fellowships Calendar for upcoming deadline announcements.
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR)2016-11-21

[Nov 21, 2016]

Applications are due 5pm ET on Monday, November 21, 2016.  Students apply directly to fellowship opportunity via the provided URL.

Open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements.  The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.
The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.  The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship 20172016-12-02

[Dec 2, 2016]

Complete fellowship applications must be received no later than 8pm ET/5pm PT on December 2, 2016.  Interested students can apply directly by referencing the contact information cited on the fellowship website - see 'Application Dates and Process' section.

Applying students must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program.  Preference will be given to students with a desire to work in an industrial research lab and those working on innovative research projects in areas related to Symantec’s businesses such as host-based and network security, cloud computing, virtualization, machine learning, data mining, etc.  Recipients will also be selected based on their overall potential for research excellence and their academic progress to date as evidenced by publications.

Up to $20,000 USD that may be used to cover one year of the student’s tuition fees and to reimburse expenses incurred by the student to engage into research collaboration with Symantec, such as conference registration fees, travel expenses, hardware, etc.

Award recipients are strongly encouraged to take a separate salaried internship with Symantec that we plan to offer to all fellowship recipients.  Interns will usually work directly with Symantec Research Labs at one of our locations (Culver City, CA, USA; Mountain View, CA, USA; Dublin, Ireland; Sophia-Antipolis, France) or with another group within Symantec. Each recipient is paired with a mentor from Symantec. A mentor is a top researcher or engineer who can provide ongoing technical guidance on the recipient’s research during graduate training as well as during an internship at Symantec.

Google PhD Fellowship Program 20172016-10-242016-10-24

Oct 24, 2016

[Oct 24, 2016]

ECE faculty should submit nomination packages to Nathan Snizaski (nsnizask@andrew.cmu.edu) by Monday, October 24, 2016 with ‘Google PhD Fellowship Application’ as the email subject.  Applications are not accepted directly from students.

Number of ECE Nominees:
Nomination Process:

Faculty should email the following materials to Nathan in PDF format by 10/24:


  1. Student CV
  2. Thesis proposal/research statement (4-5 pages recommended, 8 pages max.)
  3. A one-page summary of thesis proposal/research statement, single-spaced
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation: 1 from faculty advisor, 1 from those familiar with the student’s work
  5. Cite appropriate Google fellowship area in email submission (see ‘Research areas’ section above)
  6. Optional: Introduction letter and/or third letter of recommendation may also be provided.


In order to be considered for the 2017 Google U.S./Canada PhD Fellowship Program, students must meet the following criteria: 

  • Available to full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD.
  • Students must remain enrolled in the PhD program throughout the duration of the fellowship or forfeit the fellowship award.
  • Students must have completed their graduate coursework in the PhD program and be embarking on or continuing their graduate research in the Fall 2017 semester (and beyond).
  • Students who are already receiving another fellowship are not eligible.
  • Google employees and their family members are not eligible 
  • 2 year Fellowship with opportunity to extend to 3rd year
  • Full tuition and fees (books, health insurance, etc.) plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment
  • Working with Google Research Mentor
Previous Winners:

2016: Chia-Yin Tsai (CIT - ECE) - Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision

2015: Waleed Ammar (SCS - LTI) - Natural Language Processing; Justin Meza (CIT - ECE) – Systems Reliability

Announcement #1   Announcement #2   Announcement #3

Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs 20172016-11-10

[Nov 10, 2016]

The 2017 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs has multiple deadlines varying by program: Predoctoral program deadline, 11/17/16 Dissertation program deadline, 11/10/16 Postdoctoral program deadline, 11/10/10

Nomination Process:
Applicants should apply through fellowship website directly.
  • U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents, or individuals granted deferred action status under the DACA program. 
  • Ideal candidates are planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based filed of science, social science or humanities. 
  • Differences between the eligibility requirements for each fellowship level (Predoctoral, Dissertation, Postdoctoral) can be noted on the fellowship website.
  • Predoctoral program, $24,000 per year for three years
  • Dissertation program, $25,000 for one year
  • Postdoctoral program, $45,000 for one year
  • Awardees have expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows.

John von Neumann Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 20172016-12-01

[Dec 1, 2016]

Interested post-docs may apply directly via the provided URL.



  • Ph.D. received prior to commencement of the fellowship in Applied or Computational Mathematics or related computational science and engineering discipline
  • Maximum of three years of postdoctoral experience
  • Strong record of research publications
  • US Citizenship not required

For further information, contact

Nathan Snizaski