External Fellowships for Doctoral Students

Prospective PhD students as well as those already in the program are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships. In addition to the prestige associated with external support, the department's policy is to pay the student, whenever possible, a "supplement" that produces a 9-month stipend (during September-May) that is 25% higher than the standard departmental 9-month stipend.

The following is a list of external fellowships for doctoral students in computer science. Note that nominations for the IBM, Google, Microsoft and Simons fellowships are submitted by the department, and the department can only nominate a limited number. Applications for the other fellowships are submitted by individual students.

For further information or assistance with any of these, please contact Prof. Richard Cole.

A list of past fellowship winners from the department can be found on the Student Recognition Page.

Where the current year deadline is not yet known, the deadline for a previous year is listed.

  • CSGF: (Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship) Application will be available in late October 2014. Only US citizens and permanent residents.
  • Facebook Fellowship Program Deadline: Dec. 16. Students are nominated by a faculty sponsor.
  • Google Fellowship. Deadline: February 1, 2014. The department can nominate two students. Open to students who will have completed their coursework and will be engaged in full-time research by September 2014. If you wish to apply, your advisor should notify Prof. Cole by January 12.
  • Hertz Graduate Fellowships. Deadline: October 31, 2014. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Self-nominating.
  • IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. Deadline: October 29, 2013. Students are nominated by their advisor; however, a maximum of two students can be nominated from the department. If you wish to apply, your advisor should notify Prof. Cole by Oct. 14.
  • Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. Deadline: October 9, 2015. The department can nominate three students. Open to students currently (AY 2015-16) in their 2nd or 3rd year. If you wish to apply, your advisor should notify Prof. Davis by Sept. 20.
  • Microsoft Reseach Graduate Women's Scholarship. Deadline: October 16, 2013. Open to women students currently (AY 2013-14) in their first year. If you wish to apply, your advisor should notify Prof. Cole by Sept. 25.
  • NDSEG (National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship. Deadline: December 16, 2011. Only U.S. citizens or nationals (not permanent residents). Self-nominating.
  • NSERC. For Canadians. Particularly relevant are the PGS-M and the PGS-D, the former being a one-year support appropriate for students early in their studies, and the latter being a two-year or three-year support.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Deadline: November 4, 2013. Open to students currently (AY 2010-11) in their first year. Only US citizens and permanent residents.
  • NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship. Deadline: December 8, 2011. Doctoral students past the first year are eligible. Students are nominated by their advisors.
  • Simons Graduate Fellowships in Theoretical Computer Science. Deadline: May 1, 2012. The department can nominate 1 student. Two-year fellowship. Doctoral students in theoretical computer science with a record of publication are eligible. If you wish to apply, your advisor should notify Prof. Cole by April 1.