Dissertation Grant Program

Funding Agency:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft recognizes the value of diversity in computing. The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant 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 under-represented in computing (women, African-Americans/Blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and/or people with disabilities).

Deadline:  March 30, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Grant recipients should support this mission and embrace opportunities to foster diverse and inclusive cultures within their communities.
  • PhD students must be enrolled at a university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
  • Proposed research must be closely related to the general research areas carried out by Microsoft Research as noted in the Research areas tab above.
  • PhD students submitting a proposal for this grant must self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or person with a disability.
  • Students must be in their fourth year or beyond in a PhD program when they submit their grant proposal. Students must have started their PhD in September 2016 or earlier to be considered in their fourth year of the program.
  • PhD students must continue to be enrolled at the university in the fall of 2020.

Amount

$20,000

Amount Description

  • The 2020 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant recipients will receive funding up to $25,000 USD for academic year 2020-21 to help them complete research as part of their doctoral thesis work.
  • An invitation to the PhD Summit: a two-day workshop in the fall held at one of Microsoft Research’s labs where fellows will meet with Microsoft researchers and other top students to share their research.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

African American
Disabled
Grad/Prof Students
Hispanic
Minorities encouraged
Native American
Women
Women and minorities encouraged
Women of Color

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

March 30, 2020