PhD Scholarships/Fellowships

Hi CS PhD Students! If you’re looking for potential fellowship and/or scholarship opportunities, you’ve come to the right place. This page contains a list of some of the more popular fellowships and scholarships for our graduate students specializing in a wide range of computer science-related disciplines. However, it is not an exhaustive list, so certainly feel free to seek out opportunities on your own!

First off, be sure to explore the JHU Research Office’s webpage for Graduate Student Funding Opportunities. They maintain and regularly update a fairly comprehensive list of fellowships and scholarships: https://research.jhu.edu/rdt/funding-opportunities/graduate/

Secondly, we encourage you to browse the Whiting School of Engineering’s webpage for graduate student fellowship and scholarship opportunities. They also maintain and regularly update a solid list of external fellowships/scholarships: https://engineering.jhu.edu/graduate-studies/fellowships-grants/external-fellowships/

Now, here are some of the most popular fellowships/scholarships for our CS PhD Student population!

EXTERNAL Scholarships/Fellowships

  • Ada Lovelace Fellowship: 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 from groups underrepresented in computing. This is a limited submission fellowship, so direct applications from students are not accepted. You will need to submit through the Computer Science Academic Program Administrator. Please refer to the Ada Lovelace webpage for specific eligibility criteria/provisions of the award, as they can change from year to year.
  • Timeframe: application period usually opens in August (w/ an announcement from your academic department admin), and all application materials are typically due in early-October. If awarded, the fellowship goes into effect the following academic year.
  • Facebook Fellowship: The Facebook Fellowship Program is 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. This is an unlimited submission fellowship, and students should apply directly to Facebook! Please refer to the Facebook Research webpage for specific eligibility criteria/provisions of the award, as they can change from year to year.
  • Timeframe: application period usually opens in mid-August and all application materials are typically due in early-October. If awarded, the fellowship goes into effect the following academic year.
  • Google PhD Fellowship: The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related research areas. This is a limited submission fellowship, so direct applications from students are not accepted. You will need to submit through the Computer Science Academic Program Administrator. Please refer to the Google Fellowship webpage FAQ for specific eligibility criteria/provisions of the award, as they can change from year to year: https://ai.google/research/outreach/faq/?category=phd
  • Timeframe: announcement (from your academic admin) of the open application period usually happens in mid-October, and all application materials are typically due to your department academic admin in mid-November. If awarded, the fellowship goes into effect the following academic year.
  • IBM PhD Fellowship: The IBM PhD Fellowship Program advances this collaboration by recognizing and supporting exceptional PhD students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies. This is a limited submission fellowship, so direct applications from students are not accepted. You will need to submit through the Computer Science Academic Program Administrator. Please refer to the IBM Fellowship webpage FAQ for specific eligibility criteria/provisions of the award, as they can change from year to year: https://www.research.ibm.com/university/awards/phdfellowship.shtml#eligibility
  • Timeframe: announcement (from your academic admin) of the open application period usually happens in mid-September and all application materials are typically due to your department academic admin in mid-October. Once the department internal selection process concludes, the chosen applications must be submitted directly to IBM by the student’s faculty advisor. If awarded, the fellowship goes into effect the following academic year.
  • Link Foundation Fellowship: The Link Foundation Fellowship supports PhD students specializing in Modeling, Simulation, and Training. It was created to a.) Foster advanced level research in modeling, simulation, and training; b.) Enable Ph.D. students the freedom to work on their research full time; c.) Disseminate the results of that research through conferences, journals, and other publications. This is an unlimited submission fellowship, and students should apply directly to the Link Foundation! Please refer to the Link Foundation webpage for specific eligibility criteria/provisions of the award, as they can change from year to year: http://www.linksim.org/program_guidelines
  • Timeframe: application online submission usually opens around October 1 and closes around January 15. If awarded, the fellowship goes into effect the following July.
  • Microsoft PhD Fellowship: The Microsoft Fellowship is a two-year fellowship for PhD students at North American universities pursuing research aligned to the research topics carried out by Microsoft Research. This is a limited submission fellowship, so direct applications from students are not accepted. You will need to submit through the Computer Science Academic Program Administrator. Please refer to the Microsoft Fellowship webpage for specific eligibility criteria/provisions of the award, as they can change from year to year:
  • Timeframe: announcement (from your academic admin) of the open application period usually happens in early-September and all application materials are typically due to your department administrator in early-October. If awarded, the fellowship goes into effect the following academic year.
  • NDSEG Fellowship: The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored and funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) under the direction of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Engineering, Director of Basic Engineering. The NDSEG Fellowship is available to Bachelor’s and Master’s degree recipients + 1st and 2nd year PhD students. This is an unlimited submission fellowship, and students should apply directly to NDSEG. Please refer to the NDSEG Fellowship webpage for specific eligibility criteria/provisions of the award, as they can change from year to year: https://www.ndsegfellowships.org/eligibility
  • Timeframe:  application usually opens in early-September and closes in early-December. If awarded, the fellowship it goes into effect the following academic year. Prospective applicants are encouraged to check the NDSEG application page for exact submission protocols and deadlines.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. This is an unlimited submission fellowship, and students should apply directly to the NSF Fellowship Program, via Fastlane. Please refer to the NSF Fellowship webpage for specific eligibility criteria/provisions of the award, as they can change from year to year: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18573/nsf18573.htm
  • Timeframe: application deadline is usually in mid-October. If awarded, the fellowship goes into effect the following academic year. Prospective applicants are encouraged to check GRFP Program Solicitation page for exact submission protocols and deadlines.

INTERNAL Scholarships/Fellowships

  • Siebel Scholarship: JHU Homewood’s program is one of few similar programs in the world recognized by the Siebel Scholars Foundation for groundbreaking research, excellence in education, and high caliber of students. JHU offers five single-year awards for students in bioengineering fields who are at the top of their class based on academic results (including research), demonstrate excellence in terms of leadership qualities in the school community and in experience prior to graduate program, and have completed at least one year at the school and are reasonably expected to have only one year remaining.

This is a limited submission scholarship, so direct applications from students are not accepted. You will need to submit through your department academic administrator. Please refer to the Siebel Scholarship webpage for specific eligibility criteria/provisions of the award, as they can change from year to year: https://engineering.jhu.edu/graduate-studies/fellowships-grants/siebel-scholarship/

  • Timeframe: announcement (from your academic admin) of the open application period usually happens in late-May and all application materials are typically due to your department administrator in mid-June. If awarded, the scholarship goes into effect the upcoming fall semester.
  • Computer Science Department [General Pool] Fellowship/Scholarship
  • This competitive scholarship is awarded to a prospective CS PhD student who has shown exceptional promise. The primary purpose is to provide an incoming student who possesses a broad set of interests the flexibility to work with multiple faculty members/lab groups in their first year. The Fellowship includes, full 1st-year tuition, fees, and stipend support for 12-months.

Incoming students cannot apply directly. Rather, it is a scholarship that is awarded to a particular student based on the recommendation of the CS Department Faculty and chosen by the CS PhD Faculty Admissions Committee.

  • Computer Science Graduate Achievement Scholarship:
  • The CS Graduate Achievement Scholarship is an internally funded scholarship intended to support annual cost of living expenses + provide funds for travel and accommodations as it pertains to the awardee’s professional development.

It awarded to a newly-admitted CS PhD student who has overcome significant socioeconomic barriers and/or is a first generation graduate student. The recipient of the CS Diversity Scholarship must remain in resident, full-time status and in good academic standing. So long as the student meets this criteria, they will receive the scholarship each academic year until their graduation from the CS PhD program.

Incoming students cannot apply directly for the CS Diversity Scholarship. Rather, it is a scholarship that is awarded to a particular student based on the recommendation of the CS Department Chair + the CS PhD Faculty Admissions Committee. The scholarship may not be awarded every year.

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