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Latin America Internship and PhD Fellowship Program

Microsoft Research has more than 1,000 researchers and engineers worldwide, including some of the world’s finest computer scientists and computer engineers as well as mathematicians, physicists, biologists, linguists, and sociologists working across many research areas.

Program overview

To maintain strong relations with leading research institutions around the world, Microsoft Research offers internships to outstanding master's degree and Ph.D. candidates whose research interests correspond to the research areas our scientists focus on. Research interns have the opportunity to collaborate with well-known scientists and influence cutting-edge research. Each intern joins a specific research group and is supervised by a researcher. 

In 2004, Microsoft Research created a program to further strengthen relationships with professors and graduate students in Latin America. It encourages master's degree and Ph.D. students who study at Latin American and Caribbean universities to join our research community for 12 weeks as interns.

Latin American Microsoft Research interns join a global community of researchers. After completing the internship, the student returns to academia with new ideas and networking opportunities. The students’ professors have the opportunity to strengthen existing scientific relationships and to establish new ones.

In addition to offering salaried 12-week internships at Microsoft Research in one of our US research labs. Microsoft awards two-year fellowships to outstanding Ph.D. students. Only Ph.D. students may apply for a Microsoft Research Fellowship. Students who are selected as Microsoft Research Fellows will be also invited to pursue one salaried 12-week internship in our Redmond lab.

Current schedule

Microsoft is not currently accepting applications.

Provisions of the fellowship award

  • The fellowship recipient award will cover 100 percent of the tuition and fees for two academic years (2014–15 and 2015–16).
  • A stipend is provided to cover living expenses while in school (US$15,000 per year).
  • A conference and travel allowance is provided for recipients to attend professional conferences or seminars (US$5,000 per year).
  • All recipients will be offered the opportunity to complete one salaried internship over the duration of the year following the award.
  • Fellowships are awarded to recipients for two academic years only and not available for extension.

Internship details

For complete internship details, please see Redmond Lab Internship Program.

Eligibility criteria

  • Preference for Fellowships and Internships will be given to students nominated by their universities. Only Ph.D. students may apply for a Microsoft Research Fellowship and preference will be given to those students completing their second or third year in a Ph.D. program at a credentialed university in Latin America. Students applying for a Fellowship can still be at a Master’s level but already enrolled in a Ph.D. program. Intern candidates will be considered at any point during their Master's and/or Ph.D. programming.
  • Applicants for either the Fellowship or Internship must be enrolled in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering departments (if your department is within the scope of these areas, but is titled differently, you are eligible).
  • A maximum of three (3) applicants per department per university will be accepted for consideration.
  • All eligible students will apply directly to the application tool and if nominated by the university, the nominating department chair should send their endorsement in email to
  • Payment of the fellowship awards will be made directly to the university and is not transferable to another academic institution or department. The recipient must remain enrolled in a Ph.D. program during the period of the award or forfeit the award.

Required application information

  • Applications must include: Applicant's curriculum vitae, and three (3) letters of reference from established researchers familiar with the applicant's research. Of these letters, one (1) letter of recommendation should come from the student's advisor (see note). In the case where the student is applying for a Fellowship, it is additionally required that the applicant's thesis proposal be confirmed and approved by the Ph.D. program authorities.
  • Applications must be submitted in English only.
  • Applications must be submitted online in any of the following formats: Microsoft Office Word document, text-only file, PDF. All application materials must be submitted by the student, but we will give preference to students who are nominated by their universities.
  • Applications will be accepted only when submitted via the application tool. Applications submitted via email will not be considered.
  • Applications submitted to Microsoft will not be returned. Microsoft cannot assume responsibility for the confidentiality of information in submitted applications. Therefore, applications should not contain information that is confidential, restricted, or sensitive. Microsoft reserves the right to make public information from applications that receive awards, except those portions containing budgetary or personally identifiable information.
  • Incomplete applications cannot be considered, and notification of incompleteness will not be made. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Due to the volume of submissions, Microsoft Research cannot provide individual feedback on applications that do not receive fellowship awards.

Application process

Microsoft is not currently accepting applications.

Latin American fellowship application

Application submissions are not currently being accepted.


Contact us

If you have additional questions, ask the Microsoft Fellowship contact at your school or contact Microsoft directly at:

Microsoft Research
One Microsoft Way–99/4118
Redmond, WA 98052
United States