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Organization : Facebook
Fellowship Name : Facebook Research Fellowship Program 2021
Applicable For : PhD Students
Applicable Country : All
Application Last Date : October 2, 2020
Website :

Facebook Fellowship Program

Applications for the 2021 Fellowship cohort will open August 10, 2020 at 12:00am PST.

Eligibility Criteria

** Applicants must be full-time PhD students currently involved in on-going research who are enrolled in an accredited university in any country

** Students’ work must be related to one or more relevant disciplines
** Students must be enrolled during the academic year(s) the Fellowship is awarded

** 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.

Documents Required

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.

** 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.

Fellowship Awards

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

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Application Dates

** Applications Open – August 10, 2020
** Applications Close – October 2, 2020, 12:00pm PST
** Reference Letters Due – October 7, 2020, 12:00pm PST
** Winners Announced – January 2021


1. Are students studying outside of the United States eligible to apply?
Yes. The fellowship is open to students at all universities both in the United States and in other countries.

2. When does the Facebook Fellowship award start?
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).

3. Do I need to provide my recommendation letters with my application?
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.

4. Where will the fellowship money be sent? The school or myself?
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.

5. Will I be taxed on my Fellowship stipend award?
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.

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