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2015 Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Program for next generation of research leaders.

Application Deadline: June 20 2015

The Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Program identifies the next generation of research leaders with a unique program that offers a combination of mentorship, research, networking, and academic opportunities to promising young candidates. Since its inception in 1999, 373 outstanding PhD students have been awarded the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship honor.


Enrollment is highly competitive and selective, reflecting the high criteria for participation. The conditions of eligibility listed below must be met:

  • In order to qualify, the candidate must be in one of the following two stages of their educational career the time of nomination:
    • A PhD student who has completed a master’s program, and started their PhD program during or after 2014
    • A PhD student who has never completed a master’s program, and who started their combined master’s and PhD program during or after 2013

    Note: Special cases may be considered at the discretion of the review committee

  • The candidate must have no more than three years of research experience before having begun their the PhD degree
  • The candidate must be specializing in one of the following fields: computer science, electronic engineering, information science, or applied mathematics
  • The candidate must be nominated by an invited institution and recommended by a PhD supervisor and department head. Direct applications will not be accepted from individuals or universities without invitation from Microsoft Research Asia
  • Candidates must be commended by their supervisor as having outstanding potential as a researcher
  • Previous Microsoft Research Asia Fellows are ineligible
  • A maximum of two applicants per eligible university will be accepted
  • Multiple applicants from one supervisor will not be considered for acceptance

Award provisions

The Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Program offers some of the industry’s most competitive incentives and rewards, including:

  • Cash awards of US$10,000 distributed at one time, which can be used to support research initiatives and academic endeavors including, but not limited to, attending international research conference/events, and subsidizing paper and patent application fees
  • Opportunities to attend the sixteenth Computing in the 21st Century Conference—one of the most prestigious academic conferences in computer science in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Opportunities for optional three-month internships at Microsoft Research Asia’s state-of-the-art R&D facility in Beijing—the largest Microsoft facility outside of the United States
  • Opportunities for intensive and individualized mentorship programs with a dedicated senior researcher to help facilitate research until graduation
  • An honorary plaque, to be presented at a formal recognition ceremony


The application must include the following:

  • Application form to be completed by nominated candidate
  • Two signed recommendation letters from the applicant’s PhD supervisor and department head are required; each must address specific evaluation criteria. A scanned copy of the signed recommendation letters should be sent to fellowRA@microsoft.com directly.
  • Either a video or PowerPoint presentation with an audio introduction (you are encouraged to use Office MIX to make an interactive PowerPoint video). It must be a maximum of 20 minutes and a include statement of purpose; previous, on-going, and future projects; research interests and accomplishments; and other relevant information.
  • Transcript with academic grades
  • Research papers (if candidate has published papers)

Submission process

  • Complete the application form and submit it to your academic institution. The institution must submit the candidate’s completed application form by email to fellowRA@microsoft.com before the submission deadline of June 20, 2015.
  • Submit the following via the online submission website by June 20, 2015:
      • The completed application form
      • Your CV (curriculum vitae)
      • A video or PowerPoint presentation with audio introduction (you are encouraged to use Office MIX to make an interactive PowerPoint video)
      • Your transcript with academic grades
      • Your research papers (optional)
      • Two signed recommendation letters, which can be submitted via the online submission website or sent to fellowRA@microsoft.com directly

Schedule and deadlines

  • Application submission deadline: June 20, 2015, 5:00 P.M., Beijing Time
  • Microsoft Research Asia review of nominees: July–September 2015
  • Fellowship program awards announcement and ceremony at the sixteenth Computing in the 21st Century Conference: October 28, 2015
  • Mid-term report submission deadline: July 30, 2016

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Program

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