Funding: Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant, Mar 31

Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant

Deadline: Grant Proposals due by March 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM PDT

Broadening participation in computing is a core part of Microsoft’s values; accordingly, they are excited to continue the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant that aims to recognize, support, and mentor diverse doctoral students as they complete their dissertation research in computing-related fields.

Provisions of the Award

  • The 2019 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant recipients will receive funding up to $25,000 for academic year 2019–20 to help them complete research as part of their doctoral thesis work.
  • Microsoft will arrange and pay for travel and accommodations for grant recipients to attend the PhD Summit. The two-day workshop is held at the lab in Redmond, Washington, in the fall. It will provide grant recipients an opportunity to present their research, meet with Microsoft researchers in their research area and receive career coaching.

Eligibility Criteria

  • PhD students must be enrolled at a university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico and doing dissertation work that relates to computing topics in which Microsoft Research has expertise. Explore our website to learn more about these research areas.
  • PhD students submitting a proposal for this grant should self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or people with disabilities.
  • PhD students must be in their fourth year or beyond in a PhD program to qualify for this grant. The student must continue to be enrolled at the university in the fall of 2019. Funding is for use only during their time in the PhD program; it cannot be used for support in a role past graduation, such as a postdoc or faculty position. Those interested in receiving this grant will need to confirm their PhD program starting month and year, as well as their expected graduation month and year.
  • Payment of the grant, as described above, will be made directly to the grant recipient’s university and dispersed according to the university’s policies.

You can read more about the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and find instructions to submit a grant proposal here.

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