Facebook Emerging Scholars & Fellowship Awards 2017

Facebook Fellowship Awards

The Emerging Scholar Award is an element of Facebook’s ongoing vow to identify talented doctoral students and supporting them and their research throughout their careers. The Award is designed to specifically support brilliant students who are from underrepresented minority groups so that it can encourage them to continue their PhD studies, pursue innovative research, and engage with the broader research community.

Important Dates
Application opened on 1st November 2016.
Application Deadline on 28th February 2017.

Benefits of Emerging Scholar Award
•    Tuition fees will be paid for two academic years.
•    Annual fee of $ 37,000.
•    Up to $5,000 towards conference travel funds.

Documents required while applying
•    1-2 page research summary for the Research Statement
•    Carry your Resume or CV with email, phone and mailing address, along with applicable coursework noted.
•    2 letters of recommendation (Also provide e-mail addresses for references): Advisor and one Professional reference (can be from academia or industry).
•    For the Emerging Scholars Program, underrepresented minority group is considered to take in persons who categorize themselves as: Black or African American, person having origins in any Black racial groups of Africa; Hispanic or Latino, person of Puerto Rican Cuban, Mexican, South Central American, American, Caribbean, or other Spanish culture origin, regardless of race; Native American or Alaskan Native, person having origins in any of the original peoples of North, Central, or South America and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment; Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, person having origins in the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa or other Pacific Islands.

Eligibility Criteria
•    The Emerging Scholars Program for Facebook is open to the first or second year PhD students who are part of a minority group that’s underrepresented in the technology sector.
•    The award is open to students at universities in the United States and abroad who are enrolled during the current academic year and studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area.
•    When they receive their award, students should not only be enrolled but they must also be in a good academic status during the academic years.

How to Apply
To apply for Facebook Emerging Scholars Programme, login on Facebook first and then visit


The Facebook Fellowship Award is an excellent opportunity to avail financial help from Facebook for your doctoral studies. This award covers two years of your studies.

Facebook will be accepting applications from students interested in the following academic research areas:

    Data Mining
    Distributed Systems
    Computer Vision
    Human-Computer Interaction & Social Computing
    Economics and Computation
    Machine Learning
    Natural Language Processing
    Networking & Operating Systems
    Programming Languages & Compilers
    Security & Privacy
    Software Engineering

Benefits included in Facebook Fellowship

  • Tuition and fees will be paid for your doctoral program for 2 years
  • Annual grant of $37,000
  • Paid visit to the Facebook headquarters to present your research
  • Upto $5000 Dollars will be provided for Conference travel Support.
  • Paid internship opportunity


  • Ph.D Students (Full time) who are working in an on-going research.
  • Students must be related to one or more relevant disciplines.
  • Students must have been enrolled throughout that academic year when the fellowship is   awarded.
  • The Fellowship is open only to those Ph.D Students who are enrolled in an accredited  university of any country.

 Documents required while applying

  • Research Summary: 1-2 pages,  clearly presenting our area of focus and applicability  of  anticipated research
  • Your resume (CV)
  • Two email contacts for a letter of recommendation: Advisor and Professional reference (can be from academia or industry)

 Important dates

 ‘Facebook Fellowship 2017’ dates are now closed.

Facebook Fellowship Winners and Finalists of 2017

Facebook announced the list of Ph.D students of 2017 Facebook Fellowship winners and finalists. “This year we received over 800 applications from promising PhD students,” said Rebekkah Hogan, Fellowship Program Manager. “The 2017 Fellows represent some of the most talented young researchers in computer science and engineering disciplines from universities across the globe.

The Winners of Facebook Fellowship 2017 are as follows:

·         Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

·         Pavol Bielik, ETH Zurich

·         Danqi Chen, Stanford University

·         Edwin Fonkwe Fongang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

·         Rupert Freeman, Duke University

·         Mark Jeffrey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

·         Ahuj Kalia, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

·         Kirthevasan Kandasamy, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

·         Elissa Redmiles, University of Maryland

·         Greg Steinbrecher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

·         Shenlong Wang, University of Toronto

·         Jiajun Wu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

·         Diyi Yang, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

Facebook Fellowship 2017 Finalists

·         Laleh Aghababaie Beni, University of California, Irvine

·         Lindsay Blackwell, University of Michigan School of Information

·         Yi-Ching Chiu, University of Southern California

·         Kevin Clark, Stanford University

·         Alon Eden, Tel Aviv University

·         Kira Goldner, University of Washington

·         Arpit Gupta, Princeton University

·         Yoon Kim, Harvard University

·         Mathias Lecuyer, Columbia University NYC

·         Frank Li, UC Berkeley

·         Xiao Ma, Cornell University

·         Ishan Misra, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

·         Fabian Muhlbock, Cornell University

·         Christopher Musco, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

·         Peshal Nayak, Rice University

·         Ravi Netravali, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

·         Sungwoo Park, The University of Texas at Austin

·         Jean Pouget-Abadie, Harvard University

·         Vered Shwartz, Bar-Ilan University

·         Khanh Truong Duy Nguyen, University of California, Irvine

·         Xiaolong Wang, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

·         Yu-Xiang Wang, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

·         Hazal Yuksel, Cornell University

·         Zhilin Yang, Carnegie Mellon University

·         Yüpeng Zhang, University of Maryland

·         Xu Zhao, University of Toronto

For more information on the winners of ‘Facebook Fellowship 2017’ visit


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