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Supporting PhD students engaged in innovative research

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.

The program is open to students in any year of their PhD study. We also encourage people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply, especially those from traditionally under-represented minority groups. Applications are evaluated based on the strength of the student’s research statement, publication record, and recommendation letters.

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.



Facebook Fellowship Program

Applications for the 2022 Fellowship cohort will open on August 3, 2021.

  • APPLICATIONS OPEN August 3, 2021, 12:00pm PST
  • APPLICATIONS CLOSE September 20, 2021 11:59pm PST
  • WINNERS ANNOUNCED End of January 2022

Fellowship Details


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 (pending COVID-19 restrictions)

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

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.

Available Fellowships

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

The 2021 are now closed. They will reopen again in Fall 2021.

Yes. The fellowship is open to students at all universities both in the United States and in other countries.

Yes. You must be enrolled in a PhD program full-time to apply for a Facebook Fellowship.

The award funds are delivered during the Fall term of the awarded year(s) and conclude at the end of the Spring term. Stipend payment(s) are sent once a tuition invoice is received for the respective Fall term each year. Travel funds must be completed by the end of the school year (typically the Spring term).

If you are selected to receive the award, you may be asked to decline funding (i.e. research projects, fellowships, internships, contractor work, employment) from another company or industry competitor. Usually funding from your university, Facebook internship, or related to a teaching requirement is allowed. Mandatory military employment or Facebook contractor positions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

You will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of your two references. They will receive an email prompting them to upload their recommendation letters. If your application is a finalist, we may contact your references for confirmation.

All application materials are due at the application close date. Your references will have additional time to submit their letters of recommendation.

Yes, you may still apply. You will just receive the tuition and stipend while you are in school.

One letter needs to come from your PhD advisor, the other may come from another professor or an industry contact.

Tuition money will be paid directly to the school, the stipend will be sent directly to the fellow, unless otherwise specified. Stipends are taxable based on local law. Starting for 2020 Fellow winners, tuition and stipend/travel funds cannot be combined and paid to the university.

References may be included with your CV/resume as a single uploaded file.

No, Facebook AI Resident students are ineligible for a Facebook Fellowship.

Yes. Your stipend award is taxable and based on local tax laws (where you are a resident). You will be asked to submit necessary tax information once accepting your award. Your tuition is sent directly to your university and is not considered personal income. Starting with 2020 winners, the $5,000 travel award will be bundled with the $37,000 stipend (which is taxable). The total stipend will be $42,000.

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

In the event that your institution has a fixed income requirement such that all PhD researchers must be paid equally, we will contribute any required tuition fees and a Facebook stipend directly to the school.

For more information please open this link

Facebook Fellowship Program

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