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Women's Fellowship FAQ

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the Microsoft Research Women's Fellowship.

What happened to the Graduate Women’s Scholarship program?
The predecessor to the Women’s Fellowship program, the Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship program was created to help women in their first years of their PhD study to cover financial costs and enable them to determine their research area. Since the start of the scholarship program, Microsoft Research has granted financial awards to 70 women pursuing a PhD, which has helped to fund their education and increase visibility within their academic domain.

Beginning with the academic year 2016–2017, the program will evolve into the Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowship. The fellowship will create opportunities for women to engage with Microsoft researchers and connect with each other in a collaborative community.

Who is eligible to apply for the Women’s Fellowship?
The Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowship is eligible to students entering or enrolled in a PhD program at one of the participating universities for the 2016–2017 academic year.

Which universities are participating in the Women’s Fellowship program for the 2016–2017 academic year?
The following United States universities are participants in the Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowship for the 2016–2017 academic year:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Washington

How do I apply for the fellowship and what is the schedule?
If you attend one of the universities participating in the Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowship, contact your department chair for information about the fellowship’s application, review, and selection process as well as the fellowship schedule for the 2016–2017 academic year.

When will fellowship recipients be announced?
Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowship recipients will be announced by each participating university by the end of May 2016. Recipients will receive their financial award beginning in July 2016, depending on your university requirements. Microsoft will send payment directly to your university, and your university will disperse funds according to their guidelines.

If selected, am I required to complete an internship at Microsoft Research?
Internships are not included as part of the award. You may have the opportunity to apply for an internship if you desire but you are not required to do an internship.

Are there any tax implications for me if I receive this scholarship?
The tax implications for your award are based on the policy at your university.

Will intellectual property be an issue if I am awarded a scholarship?
The Microsoft Research Women's Fellowship program is not subject to any intellectual property (IP) restrictions.

May I simultaneously receive scholarships from other companies?
Yes. If you receive a Microsoft Research Women's Fellowship, you may also receive a scholarship from another company or institution for the same academic period.

May I simultaneously apply for a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship and a Microsoft Research Women's Fellowship?
No. The qualification criteria for the two programs do not coincide.


Please direct any additional questions to your university department chair or contact Microsoft directly at:
Microsoft Research
One Microsoft Way, 112/4016
Redmond, WA 98052