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2023 Google Africa PhD Fellowship Program


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. Fellowships support promising PhD candidates of all backgrounds who seek to influence the future of technology. Google’s mission is to foster inclusive research communities and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply.


Students receive named Fellowships which include a monetary award. The funds are given directly to the university to be distributed to cover the student’s expenses and stipend as appropriate. In addition, the student will be matched with a Google Research Mentor. There is no employee relationship between the student 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. If students wish to apply for a job at Google, they are welcome to apply for jobs and go through the same hiring process as any other person.

  • Up to 3 year Fellowship

  • US $30K to cover stipend and other research related activities, travel expenses including overseas travel

  • Google Research Mentor


  • Incoming PhD students are eligible to apply, but the Fellowship award shall be contingent on the awardee registering for a full-time PhD program in computer science (or an adjacent field) within the academic award year of the Fellowship award, or the award shall be forfeited.

  • Students must remain enrolled full-time in the PhD program for the duration of the Fellowship or forfeit the award.

  • Google employees, and their spouses, children, and members of their household are not eligible.

  • Students that are already supported by a comparable industry award are not eligible. Government or non-profit organization funding is exempt.

  • Grant of the Fellowship does not mean admission to a PhD program. The awardee must separately apply and be accepted to a PhD program in computer science (or an adjacent field) at an eligible institution.

  • Grant of the Fellowship will be subject to the rules and guidelines applicable in the institution where the awardee registers for the PhD program.


Please apply using the application link provided below.

Applications are evaluated on the strength of the research proposal, research impact, student academic achievements, and leadership potential. Research proposals are evaluated for innovative concepts that are relevant to Google’s research areas, as well as aspects of robustness and potential impact to the field. Proposals should include the direction and any plans of where your work is going in addition to a comprehensive description of the research you are pursuing.

Students will need the following documents in a single, flat (not portfolio) PDF file in order to complete an application (in English only):

  1. Student applicant’s resume with links to website and publications (if available)

  2. Short (one-page) resume/CV of the student applicant's primary PhD program advisor

  3. Available transcripts (mark sheets) starting from first year/semester of Bachelor's degree to date

  4. Research proposal (maximum 3 pages, excluding references)

  5. 2-3 letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant's work (at least one from the thesis advisor for current PhD students)


  • Short (one-page) resume of the student's PhD program advisor

  • Applicant's essay response (350-word limit) to: What impact would receiving this Fellowship have on your education? Describe any circumstances affecting your need for a Fellowship and what educational goals this Fellowship will enable you to accomplish.

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