This article is published in the September 2013 issue.

Announcing the 2014 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program

Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowships help new professors succeed

MicrosoftadThe road to tenure can be a bumpy one for early career professors in any field. Most find their first few years filled with a seemingly endless process of writing grant proposals. For the professors who are selected as Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows each year, this “overhead” is considerably lessened, allowing them to concentrate on the business of pursuing their research with minimal distractions. Microsoft Research selects a handful of top early-career professors in the field of computer science and provides them each with a cash award that is intended to help fund research for up to two years.

Microsoft Research is inviting nominations for its 2014 Faculty Fellowship program, starting on August 28, 2013. This program recognizes and supports exceptional early-career faculty engaged in innovative computing research. Only one (1) application will be accepted per research institution. The potential Fellows for the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program must be nominated by their research institution, and their nominations must be confirmed by a letter from the head of the institution. Direct applications from new faculty members are not accepted. Please pay particular attention to the eligibility criteria.

Nominations open: August 28, 2013

Nominations and applications deadline: September 30, 2013

Nominations are to be submitted online at:  For further information, please visit for eligibility criteria and instructions.

In case you have any additional questions about the program in general, please send an email to or contact: Jaime Puente, Director, Microsoft Research Connections, and Chair of Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program,