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Engineering Biology in Cambridge


3 Year bursary for students currently enrolled on a PhD programme. Subjects include: computational neuroscience, health research, machine learning and systems and networking.

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  • Internal Deadline: 4th August
  • Funder Deadline: 30th September
  • Funding: Yearly bursary towards stipend / salary, health care, social benefits, tuition and fees, conference travel and personal computing equipment. The bursary varies by country.
  • Support: Google Mentor
  • Duration: up to 3 years
  • Location: worldwide, restricted call for University of Cambridge students

*Please note: this call is being managed in accordance with the University of Cambridge restricted calls procedure.*

Google will soon open nominations for the 2022 programme of Google PhD Fellowships, awarded to full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD who represent the future of research in the following fields:

  • Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Health Research
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Machine Learning
  • Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision
  • Mobile Computing
  • Natural Language Processing (including Information Retrieval and Extraction)
  • Privacy and Security
  • Programming Languages and Software Engineering
  • Quantum Computing
  • Structured Data and Database Management
  • Systems and Networking

Successful candidates receive named Fellowships which include a monetary award. The funds are given directly to the university as an unrestricted gift, to be distributed to cover the student’s expenses and stipend as appropriate (overheads are not included). 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, and fellows are not subject to intellectual property restrictions unless they complete an internship at Google. Fellowship recipients serving an internship are subject to the same intellectual property and other contractual obligations as any other Google intern. Internships at Google are encouraged for interested fellows, but not guaranteed or required.

Candidates must remain enrolled full-time in their PhD Programme for the duration of the Fellowship, and must be nominated by their host university (they cannot apply directly). If they are already supported by a comparable industry award, they are not eligible. 

More information can be found on the call website and in the FAQs

University Internal selection:

Institutions can nominate up to three students for this fellowship. If more than two are nominated, then in order to increase opportunities for students who are underrepresented in the field of computing, the additional nominee must self-identify as a woman. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls procedure.

To take part in the internal selection process please submit the following to by 4 August 2021:

  • the attached internal selection form
  • current CV with publications
  • a letter of recommendation from the Head of the Department that would host the fellow

Funder deadline: 30 September 2021

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Originally published by the University of Cambridge Research Strategy Office: and on the Google Research website: