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
- 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)
- Application Opens: November 1, 2016
- Application Deadline: February 28, 2017
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.
Emerging Scholar Program FAQ
Q. How do I apply?
A. The application will be live beginning November 1, 2016.
Q. How is this program different from the Facebook Fellowship?
A. The Emerging Scholar Award is provided for first and second year PhD students who are underrepresented minorities in the technology industry.
Q. Are students studying outside of the United States eligible to apply?
A. Yes. The award is open to students at all universities both in the United States and in other countries.
Q. Do I need to be a PhD student to be eligible to apply?
A. Yes. You must be currently enrolled in your first or second year of a PhD program to apply.
Q. If I currently have research funding from somewhere else, am I still eligible to receive the Emerging Scholar Award?
A. It depends. If you are selected to receive the Award, you may be asked to decline research funding or fellowships from another company. Usually funding from your university, or related to a teaching requirement is allowed.
Q. Do I need to be logged in to Facebook to submit application materials?
A. Yes. All applicants will need to use their Facebook account to apply.
Q. Do persons providing letters of reference also need to be logged in to Facebook?
A. No. When you fill out the application, you will be asked to input an email address for your references. Your references will receive and email with a link to submit their letter. Please ensure that the contact information you enter for your references is accurate.
Q. How can I tell if my reference has submitted their letter of recommendation?
A. Once you provide us with your reference contact email, they will be sent an email with a link to submit their letter. Once they have submitted, the application page will show a Received message below their name. You may resend the reminder email to your references from the application page if needed.
Q. Can I go back and update my application? I need to make changes.
A. Yes. The application will allow you to save or submit after entering information. You may go back and edit your application up to the due date.
Q. What is the deadline for applications?
A. All application materials, including two letters of recommendation, will be due on February 28, 2017 at 6pm PST.
Q. If I have additional questions is there a place to ask them?
A. Yes, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions you may have. Please note, no extensions for deadlines will be given.
For more information, please visit official website: research.facebook.com.