Need funding to clear a hurdle in the final stages of your dissertation research? Microsoft Research is offering grants of up to US $25,000 to help a select group of doctoral students cross the finish line and enter the workforce.
The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant is for PhD students at U.S. and Canadian universities from underrepresented groups in computing, including women, African-Americans/Blacks, Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders and/or people with disabilities.
The program is rooted in organizational management research that shows diverse teams come up with ideas and solutions to problems that more homogenous teams miss, which translates to benefits for industry as well as society. In addition, the technology industry has a shortage of computer scientists. The dissertation grant aims to help deepen and diversify the technology talent pool.
The grant program targets doctoral students in at least the fourth year of their studies. Students at this later stage of their doctoral work have a sufficiently concrete research plan to articulate specific funding needs. Earlier stage doctoral students should consider the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Program. I’m also pleased to announced that Microsoft Research is increasing the amount of the research grants up to $25,000 (the limit was up to $20,000 per grant in the program’s first year). We hope that this increase allows the award to have a greater impact on recipients’ research and career development. Read More