Fellowship Opportunities for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Note: Some fellowships require an internal nomination process by either SCS or individual SCS units. If we don't specifically mention an internal nomination process, then assume that students can apply directly.

Deadline legend:
*date: Estimated deadline from previous years
[date]: Internal deadline (Only for fellowships with an internal CMU nomination process)

Updated 8/1/2016

Name Real deadline
[Internal deadline]
Siebel Scholars Program July 1 Internal nomination process: Zico Kolter will head an SCS committee that awards five (5) SCS students a Siebel fellowship for their final year of graduate study. Eligible: Students who will be entering their final year of graduate study. Previous SCS winners: Jason Koenig, John Dickerson [CSD], Ishan Misra [RI], Mrinmaya Sachan [LTI], Anuj Kumar [HCI], Gabriela Marcu [HCI] (2014), Andrew Chambers, Luis Pedro Coelho, Preethi Raju, Stephanie Rosenthal, Robert Simmons.
Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship *Oct 9
[*Sep 15]
Internal nomination process: Microsoft allows SCS to nominate three (3) students. These nominations are made by the SCS fellowship committee. The SCS fellowships coordinator uploads the nomination packets to the Microsoft web site. Eligible: Second and third year Ph.D students only. Twelve students are selected each year from hundreds of nominations. Previous CMU winners: Nika Haghtalab (2016), Abhinav Shrivastava (2014), Gennady Pekhimenko (2013), Jeff Rzeszotarski (2013), Julia Schwartz (2012), Richard Peng (2011), Yuandong Tian (2011), Chris Harrison (2010), Dafna Shahaf (2010), Jean-Francois Lalonde, Edith Law.
IBM Ph.D. Fellowship *Oct 27
[*Oct 14, CSD]
Internal nomination process: IBM allows each unit in SCS to nominate two (2) students from their unit. Each unit in SCS runs their own nomination process (internal deadlines vary). The faculty member who originally nominated the student uploads the nomination packet to the IBM web site.

Eligible: Ph.D. students who have completed at least one year of study in their doctoral program. Previous CMU winners: Jun Araki (2016,2015), Nika Haghtalab (2015), Wolf Richter (2013), Yi Zhang, Amar Phanishayee, Ravishankar Krishnaswamy, Tawanna Dillahunt, Sunyoung Kim.
Hertz Fellowship Oct 28 Eligible: Students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America. Awards to students beyond 1st year very rare. Benefits: $31,000/ 9-month personal stipend, full tuition equivalent, renewable for up to 5 years. Previous CMU winners: Laura Herlant (2014-), Jeremy Kubica (2002-2006).
NRC Research Associates Programs Nov 1, Feb 1, May 1, Aug 1 Eligible: This is an umbrella program that primarily exists to help U.S. government labs find postdoctoral researchers. Must have a Ph.D. before beginning tenure.
Google PhD Fellowship *Nov 30 (CMU)
[*Oct 25 (SCS)]
Internal nomination process: Google allows CMU to nominate two students. Each unit in SCS runs its own nomination process (internal deadlines vary) and nominates one (1) student. Other departments on campus nominate as well. A CMU-wide committee makes the final decision.

Eligible: Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD in the research areas represented by the fellowships. Must have completed classes by the time the fellowship starts. Cannot already have another fellowship. Benefits: Two years (possible extension to three), tuition and fees (including books), $34K yearly stipend, internship opportunity, invitation to Google Fellowship Forum. Previous CMU winners: Waleed Ammar, Justin Meza (2015), Bhavana Dalvi (2014), Chris Harrison (2013), Abe Othman (2012), Moira Burke (2011), Han Liu (2010). List of all winners
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) Oct 23 Eligible: See here for eligibility details. In general, 1st and 2nd year students are eligible to apply. Graduate students are limited to only one application, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school. See the call for specifics. Benefits: Three years of support, $30K annual stipend, $12,000 tuition allowance. Previous winners: Searchable list of previous winners.
Facebook Fellowship *Nov 1 Eligible: Full-time Ph.D students doing research in Architecture, Computer Vision, Data Mining, Databases, Distributed Systems, Economics and Computation, Human-Computer interaction, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Networking and Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Security and Privacy, Software Engineering. Benefits: 2 years, Tuition and fees, $37K stipend, visit to Facebook's HQ in Menlo Park to present their research. Facebook selects around 12 students from over 300 candidates. Previous CMU winners: Christian Kroer (2016), Abigail Marsh and John Dickerson (2015), Alex Beutel, Haiyi Zhu, and Nisarg Shah (2014), Julian Shun and Justin Cranshaw (2013), Hyeontaek Lim and Michelle Mazurek (2012).
Soros Fellowships for New Americans *Nov 1 Eligible: A New American (i.e., If born abroad: a green card holder or naturalized citizen. If born in the US: both parents are immmigrants and at least one is a naturalized citizen). Not yet 31 years old, as of the application date. In your first or second year of graduate student as of the application date. Benefits: Two years graduate study in any field. Each award is $45K/year: $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition and fees or 50% of required tuition and fees/year. Previous CMU winners: Wennie Tabib (2013).
Ford Foundation Fellowships *Nov 13 Eligible: Limited to (1) All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation, (2) Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), (3) Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Benefits: Three years @ $20K/year (prethesis) or 1 year @ $21K/year (thesis).
Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future *Nov 13 Eligible: Be a woman; Be a citizen of a developing country; Wish to pursue a PhD degree or Post-doctoral research in the physical sciences or related disciplines.
GEM Graduate Fellowship *Nov 15 Eligible: Must be (1) underrepresented minority, (2) U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident at time of application, (3) Ph.D. student.
AAUW - American Fellowships *Nov 15 Eligible: U.S. citizen or permanent resident, female, final year of Ph.D. program. Benefits: $20K award.
AAUW - International Fellowships *Dec 1 Eligible: Female, non-immigrant U.S. visa, academic career, return to home country. Benefits: Masters: $18K, PhD: $20K, Postdoc: $30K.
SMART Scholarship *Dec 1 Eligible: A U.S. citizen, grad student in CS or ECE (among others). Benefits: Full tuition, stipend $25K-$38K, paid summer internships, health insurance allowwance up to $1,200/year, book allowance of $1K/year, mentoring, employment placement after graduation.
Google Anita Borg Scholarship *Dec 1 Eligible: Be a female student entering her senior year of undergraduate study or be enrolled in a graduate program at a university in the United States. Be enrolled in Computer Science or Computer Engineering Program. Benefits: $10K, invitation to Google Scholars Retreat. Previous winners: Athula Balachandran, Rebecca Balebako, Madeleine Clute, Alexandra Johnson, Thogori Karago, Derry Wijaya (2013), Anca Dragan, Ruta Desai (2012), Anantha Uppala, Kriti Puniyani (2011), Anna Molosky, Moira Burke (2010)
Symantec Graduate Fellowship *Dec 4 Eligible: Ph.D students doing research in security, storage, systems, machine learning, and data mining. Preference given to students interested in working in an industrial research lab. Benefits: 1 year, $20K tuition. Previous CMU winners: Kai Ren (2013), Jiyong Jang (2011), Polo Chau (2008, 2009), David Brumley (2007)
NPSC Graduate Fellowship *Dec 5 Eligible: U.S. citizens doing Ph.D research. Benefits: Tuition, fees, and stipend. Initially 2-3 years, renewable to 6 years.
Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship *Dec 7 Eligible: Teams of two (2) Ph.D. students from a small list of select universities submit innovative research ideas. See the web page for the list of specific topic areas. Both team members must be enrolled in the PhD program. Benefits: $100K to each team. Previous CMU winners: Gierad Laput/Sauvik Das (2014), Chris Fallin/Gennady Pekhimenko (2013), Chris Harrison/Robert Xiao (2012), David Bromberg/Daniel Morris (2011)
SCGSR Program *Dec 15 Announcement email. Eligible: U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Must be working in one of the priority areas. See the web page for more details. Benefits: Awards to conduct part of your Ph.D. research at a participating DOE lab.
NDSEG Fellowship *Dec 18 Eligible: There are four eligibility requirements: U.S. citizenship, discipline match, first or second year grad student, and the ability to accept full benefit. You must meet all four requirements in order to be eligible. See the web page for details. Benefits: 3 years, $31K annual stipend, tuition and fees, $1K for health insurance. Previous winners: Dominic Chen, Devin Schwab, Colin White (2015), Joseph Tassarotti (2014), Benjamin Cowley, David Fouhey, Calvin Murdock (2013), Eleanor Avrunin, William Bishop, John Dickerson, Blase Ur, Sauvik Das, David Naylor (2012). See list of past winners.
NVIDIA Fellowship *Jan 15 Eligible: Students must have already completed their first year of Ph.D. level studies. Must have majors in CS, Computer Engineering, System Architecture, Electrical Engineering or a related area. Benefits: 1 year, $25K Previous winners: Gennady Pekhimenko (2015).
DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) *Jan 19 Eligible: U.S. citizens or permanent residents, first year PhD students only. Benefits: 4 years (renewed each year), $36K yearly stipend, all tuition and fees, health insurance, yearly conferences, 12-week research practicum. Previous winners: Alnur Ali (2014-), Sarah Loos (2011-2015), Cyrus Omar (2010-2014).
Microsoft Graduate Women's Scholarship *Mar 4th (SCS)
Internal nomination process: Each unit nominates one student. (The units' internal deadlines will vary, SCS deadline is March 4th). The SCS fellowships committee chooses the recepient of the fellowship from these nominees. Previous winners (using old process): Ellen Vitercik (2016), Hannah Gommerstadt (2015), Anne Holladay (2014), Jennifer Iglesias (2013), Yubin Kim (2012), Jamie Morgenstern (2011), Gabriella Marcu (2010), Dafna Shahaf (2009).
Sandia National Labs Ph.D. Fellowship *Apr 1 [TBD, SCS] Internal nomination process: SCS can nominate 2 SCS students. Eligible: Students must be an SCS doctoral student within two to three years of graduating, with an overall graduate GPA of 3.5 and undergraduate GPA of 3.2, and must be a U.S. citizen. If accepted, the student will need to get an "L clearance". Benefits: $40K/year, 1 year, renewable for an additional two years. Previous CMU winners: Dougal Sutherland (2014).
ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship *May 1 Eligible: Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD who have completed their first year of study. Benefits: $5000 honorarium and travel to the SC conference for an award ceremony. Previous CMU winners: Moira Burke, Han Liu.
NRL Postdoc Fellowship Program Apps accepted anytime Eligible: Opportunities at NRL are open to citizens of the United States and to legal permanent residents. All permanent residents must have their green card at the time of application.
Society of Women Engineers n/a Eligible: Women only; web page has pointers to many other fellowship programs.
Korean American Scholarship Foundation n/a Eligible: Korean-American students
Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation n/a Eligible: Phd students

Recently Discountinued Programs

VMWare Graduate Fellowship
-- VMware has discontinued their PhD fellowship program. Internal nomination process: VMWare allows each department in SCS to nominate two (2) students from their department. These nominations are made by each department. A representative from each unit emails their two nomination packets directly to VMWare. Eligible: Full-time Ph.D students graduating after May 2016. Benefits: Tuition and fees, $35,000 stipend, with a mandatory summer internship. Previous winners: Aapo Kyrola (2013).
Intel Ph.D. Fellowship -- Intel has discontinued their PhD fellowship program. Previous CMU winners. Anca Dragan and Yoongu Kim (2013), Michael Papamichael and Da-Cheng Juan (2012), Michele Goodstein, Mark Palatucci, Tunji Ruwase (2010).
Simons Award for Theoretical Computer Science *Feb 12 The Simons Foundation has discontinued their PhD fellowship program. Previous CMU winners. Euiwoong Lee (2015), Jamie Morgenstern and John Wright (2014), Yuan Zhou (2012).