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Nominations Open for 2021 Microsoft Research Fellowships

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship and Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. Doctoral students must be nominated by the department chair’s office in their field of study by August 14, 2020. Students will then be contacted to submit their proposals by September 21, 2020.

The Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship aims to increase the pipeline of diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields by providing a research funding opportunity for doctoral students who are underrepresented in the field of computing. This includes those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, person with a disability, and/or LGBTQI+. The award for second year PhD students covers tuition and fees for three years and a $42,000 USD stipend annually.

The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship is for third year doctoral students also attending a university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico who are conducting research in computing-related fields. The award covers tuition and fees for two years and includes an annual $42,000 USD stipend.

For both awards, students’ research must be closely related to the general research areas carried out by researchers at Microsoft. In addition to the funding mentioned above, Microsoft Research will host a two-day workshop next fall where fellows will meet with Microsoft researchers and other top students to share their research in person and/or virtually as local and national health and safety guidance advises.

You can read more about the fellowships and find nomination instructions at and You may also consider sharing this information via social media:

Ada Lovelace Fellowship – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

PhD Fellowship – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

We hope you will help us spread the word about these fellowships! We encourage you to share this announcement directly with your students and department chair’s office, on social media, and/or via topically relevant email lists.

For questions, please contact Microsoft Research Fellowships

For more information on all of our academic programs, visit

Thank you,
Gonzalo Ramos
Chair, MSR Ada Lovelace Fellowship
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Neel Joshi
Chair, MSR PhD Fellowship
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research