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Deadline: 01/12/2024 (Tentative)

Update on 8/14/2023: Google Research is making changes to the PhD Fellowship program application timing. Applications for the 2024 program will open in Spring 2024. Google will announce details in October 2024, and Penn will adjust our internal competition accordingly. We invite you to check back on this page for more details as they are announced.

Google PhD Fellowships directly support graduate students as they pursue their PhD, as well as connect them to a Google Research Mentor.

Penn has been invited to submit 2-4 nominees for the Google PhD Fellowship Program. Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to computer science and related fields. Fellowships support promising PhD candidates of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology. Google’s mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply. We currently offer Fellowships in Africa, Australia and New Zealand, East Asia, Europe, India, the United States and Canada.

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD in Computer Science or related field (see research areas below)
  • Completed graduate coursework by the Fall of the award year, when the Fellowship begins.
  • The recipient must remain an active, full-time student in a PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the award.
  • Google employees, and their spouses, children, and members of their household are not eligible.
  • Students that are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible.

Approximately fifteen fellows will be named in the following areas this year:

  • Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets 
  • Computational Neural and Cognitive Sciences 
  • Health Research
  • Human Computer Interaction 
  • Machine Learning 
  • Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision 
  • Mobile Computing 
  • Natural Language Processing (including Information Retrieval and Extraction) 
  • Privacy and Security 
  • Programming Languages and Software Engineering 
  • Quantum Computing 
  • Structured Data and Database Management 
  • Systems and Networking

For Fellowship details please see the FAQ:

This application requires 2-3 letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from your thesis advisor. The letters may be requested through the process, and you can save it as you go, so please request your letters as soon as possible. Please refer to the Interfolio link here for more information on the application and to submit your application  ( You will be able to request letters of recommendation through the application process.


Internal Competition Deadline: TBD (PENN's Internal Application Deadline)

Internal Competition Winners notified: TBD (PENN's Internal Nominee Notification Date)

Provost’s Office submits 4 nominees: TBD (Penn Submits applications to Google)

Contact Information

Dr. Anita Mastroieni, Ed.D., Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education





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