Graduate Women's Scholarship Program FAQ

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

Current schedule

  • Microsoft will begin accepting applications: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
  • Due date for all applications: Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time
    • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • No notification of incompleteness will be made.
    • No exceptions to the deadline will be approved.

Selection criteria

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply?
Yes, if you are a female student in your first year of a graduate program, you are eligible.

Are international students eligible to apply?
Yes.

What if I am not enrolled in my first year?
Enrollment in your first year is a requirement for application.

Do I have to be nominated by my university or can I apply on my own?
To be considered for the program, you must be nominated by your university.

Which university departments are eligible to participate?
Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Bioinformatics/Information Science departments at eligible universities may nominate up to three students per eligible department. If your department falls in the Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, or Bioinformatics/Information Science fields but is called something else, you are eligible.

Application process

How do I submit my application?
You must be nominated by the computer science, electrical engineering, math, or bioinformatics/information science department at your school. Your school contact can find all the necessary information and access the application tool from the Microsoft Research Scholarship website. The departmental chair's office must upload your application to the online application form. 

What format should I use for my CV and reference letters?
All required documents must be submitted as individual documents in Word, PDF, or text-only formats.

Is a thesis proposal required for the scholarship application?
No. A thesis proposal is not required for the scholarship application.

Will more than two letters of recommendation be accepted in support of an application?
No. Only two (2) letters of recommendation will be accepted. Of these letters, one (1) letter of recommendation should come from the student's graduate advisor and one (1) letter of recommendation should come from the student's undergraduate advisor or another academic who is familiar with the student's undergraduate work (should include any research work, if applicable).

Who actually registers with the online application system and completes the application information—the nominator or the nominee?
All application materials must be submitted by the person designated as the application contact by the departmental chair's office. The nominator must not be the nominee.

Review process

Who will review the nominations?
Applications will be reviewed by researchers from Microsoft Research, whose expertise covers a wide range of disciplines. All submissions are assigned to reviewers by members of a scholarship panel, and several reviewers will review each application.

When will I know the outcome of the review process?
All applicants will be notified on or before February 11, 2015. Due to the volume of submissions, Microsoft Research cannot provide individual feedback on applications that do not receive scholarship awards..

Selection process

If selected, when will my scholarship begin?
Scholarships awarded in February 2015 will receive their financial awards beginning in August 2015. Microsoft sends 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.

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 Graduate Women's Scholarship program is not subject to any intellectual property (IP) restrictions.

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

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

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