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Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship 

The Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship provides research funding opportunities for doctoral students from groups underrepresented in computing (women, African-Americans/Blacks, Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, people with disabilities and/or LGBTQ). The goal is to increase the pipeline of diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields.

At a Glance:

  • Deadline to apply in October
  • Three years of support
  • Tuition and fees covered for three academic year
  • $42k stipend per year
  • Invitation to interview for one salaried internship with Microsoft researchers
  • Invitation to the Microsoft PhD summit


  • Applicants must self-identify with an underrepresented group in computing (women, African-Americans/Blacks, Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, people with disabilities, and/or LGBTQ).
  • Applicants must be nominated by their universities, and their nominations must be submitted by the office of the chair of the department. Direct applications from students are not accepted.
  • Students must attend a North American (United States, Canada, Mexico) university.
  • The proposed research must be closely related to the research topics carried out by Microsoft Research 
  • Students must be in their second year of a PhD program the year they apply and must remain as an active full-time student. 
  • A maximum of three applicants per department will be accepted.

Application Components

  • Nominee’s name, email, university, and department
  • Month and year the nominee entered their PhD program and expected graduation date
  • Whether or not the nominee self-identifies with an underrepresented group in computing
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Nominee’s thesis proposal or research statement title
  • One-page summary of their thesis proposal or research statement
  • Thesis proposal or research statement (5 page max)
  • Approximate cost of tuition and fees for one academic year
  • Where and when the nominee held an internship (if applicable)
  • Name and email of the nominee’s advisor
  • Primary and secondary research areas (a list can be found on our Research areas tab)
  • Letters of reference from three established researchers familiar with the nominee’s research (at least one of which must be from their primary academic advisor/supervisor)

How to Apply

  • For nominations for the 2021 Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship, updated information will be available in July 2020 on their website
  • Applications will be accepted in any of the following formats: Word document, text-only file, or PDF. Email or hard-copy applications will not be considered. All application materials must be submitted by the person who is designated as the application contact by the departmental chair’s office and must not be the applicant.
  • 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 the information on those 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.
  • Due to the volume of submissions, Microsoft Research cannot provide individual feedback on applications that do not receive fellowship awards.

Important Information

The Graduate Division does not assume responsibility for errors or omissions in the applicant's submission. We will do our best to review the format of the proposal; however final responsibility for format, content, and completeness always rests with the applicant. Please proofread the application fully and connect with both the graduate fellowship advisor and departmental fund manager for additional guidance prior to submission.