Google PhD Fellowship 2023

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The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to computer science and related fields. Fellows will receive a yearly bursary towards his*her stipend/salary, health care, social benefits, tuition and fees (if applicable), conference travel and personal computing equipment. The funds will be given directly to the university to be distributed to cover the fellow’s expenses and stipend as appropriate. The bursary varies by country and may be granted for up to 3 years. In addition, the fellow will be matched with a Google Research Mentor. There is no employee relationship between the fellow and Google as a result of receiving the fellowship. The award does not preclude future eligibility for internships or employment opportunities at Google, nor does it increase the chances of obtaining them. 

Further information on the Fellowship, as well as on the eligibility criteria, application FAQ etc. can be found at

How to apply?

Nomination by TUM Graduate School only

In order to apply, please submit the complete application documents in a single PDF file to Mrs Zizheng Zhang,, until 18 September, 2022Applications must be submitted by the primary thesis supervisor.

After the application deadline, the TUM Graduate School Prize Committee shall nominate the 3 most promising candidates for the Google PhD Fellowship 2023.  

Application documents

  1. Applicant CV with links to website and publications (if available)
  2. Short (1-page) CV of the candidate's primary thesis supervisor 
  3. 2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the nominee's work (at least one from the thesis supervisor)
  4. Research / dissertation proposal including references (maximum 8 pages)
  5. Applicant essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe the desired impact your research will make on the field and society, and why this is important to you. Include any personal, educational and/or professional experiences that have motivated your research interests.
  6. Applicant essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time. (A leadership role can mean more than just a title. It can mean being a mentor to others, acting as the person in charge of a specific task, or taking the lead role in organizing an event or project. Think about what you accomplished and what you learned from the experience. What were your responsibilities? Did you lead a team? How did your experience change your perspective on leading others? Did you help to resolve an important dispute at your school, church, in your community or an organization? And your leadership role doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to school activities. For example, do you help out or take care of your family?)
  7. Transcripts of current and previous academic records (Bachelor, Masters) 


Please note, in order to be eligible

  • Applicant must be fully registered on the doctoral candidacy list of his*her department/school (in DocGS) and be a full member in the TUM Graduate School at the time of application.
  • Applicant must remain registered on the doctoral candidacy list of his*her department/school (in DocGS) for the entire duration of the fellowship.
  • Google employees, and their spouses, children, and members of their household are not eligible.
  • Doctoral candidates who are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible. Government or non-profit organization funding is exempt.

Contact: Mrs Zizheng Zhang | | 089 289 10631, TUM Graduate School, Boltzmannstr. 17, 85748 Garching b. München