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External Award: Facebook Emerging Scholar Program

November 15, 2016
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The Emerging Scholar Award is part of Facebook’s ongoing commitment to identifying promising doctoral students and supporting them and their research throughout their careers. The Award is designed to specifically support talented students from underrepresented minority groups and encourage them to continue their PhD studies, pursue innovative research, and engage with the broader research community.

The Emerging Scholar Award is open to first or second year PhD students who are members of a minority group that is underrepresented in the technology sector. The award is open to students at universities in the US and abroad who are enrolled during the current academic year and studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area.

Applications will be evaluated based on the strength of the student's proposed research and their recommendation letters.

The Emerging Scholar Award includes

  • Payment of tuition and fees for two academic years
  • $37,000 annual stipend
  • Up to $5,000 towards conference travel funds

Application Materials

  • Research Statement: 1-2 page research summary
  • Resume or CV with email, phone and mailing address, along with applicable coursework noted
  • Two letters of recommendation (Please provide reference email addresses): Advisor and one Professional reference (can be from academia or industry)

Important Dates

  • Application Open: November 1, 2016
  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2017 PT

For the purpose of the Emerging Scholar award, underrepresented minority group is considered to include persons who identify as: Black or African American, person having origins in any Black racial groups of Africa; Hispanic or Latino, person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South American, Central 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.

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