Facebook Fellowship Program 2021 for doctoral students ($42,000 Annual Stipend & Paid visit to Facebook Headquarters)

Application Deadline: October 1, 2020, 12:00pm PST

The Facebook Fellowship is a global program designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering at an accredited university.

Winners of the Fellowship are entitled to receive two years of paid tuition and fees, a $42,000 annual stipend to cover living and conference travel costs, a paid visit to Facebook headquarters for the annual Fellowship Summit, and various opportunities to engage with Facebook researchers.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be full-time PhD students who are enrolled in an accredited university (in any country) by the start of the Fellowship (i.e., Fall 2021)
  • Students must be involved in ongoing research related to one or more relevant disciplines (see available fellowships below)
  • Students must remain enrolled full-time for the duration of the Fellowship to receive program benefits
  • Students should not apply for Facebook Fellowships if they are actively being funded by Facebook through some other sponsorship or collaboration and/or if they are actively being supervised (or co-supervised) by a Facebook researcher. If in doubt, please email [email protected].

Applications Must Include

  • 500-word research summary that clearly identifies the area of focus, importance to the field, and applicability to Facebook of the anticipated research during the award (reference the available fellowships below)
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from an academic advisor. You will be asked to provide your references’ contact information, and they will receive a corresponding form to submit their letters.

Facebook Fellowship Award Includes

  • Tuition and fees paid for the academic year (up to two years/four semesters)
  • A $42,000 annual stipend to cover living and conference travel costs
  • Paid visit to Facebook headquarters for the annual Fellowship Summit

Available Fellowships

Click on each of the available fellowships below to learn more about each research team’s focus.

Applied Statistics

AR/VR Computer Graphics

AR/VR Photonics and Optics

AR/VR Privacy and Ethics

Blockchain and Cryptoeconomics

Computational Social Science

Computer Vision

Database Systems

Distributed Systems

Economics and Computation

Energy Efficient Video Compression

Instagram/Facebook App Well-being and Safety

Machine Learning

Natural Language Processing


Privacy and Data Use

Programming Languages

Security and Privacy

Social and Economic Policy

Spoken Language Processing and Audio Classification

Systems for Machine Learning

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Facebook Fellowship Program 2021


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