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2015 Microsoft Research Asia Fellowships, China

Applications are invited for Microsoft Research Asia Fellowships from junior PhD students to pursue their research interests while taking tangible and worthwhile steps toward building a successful career. This program is open to students from invited universities with eligible computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, information science, or automation departments. Only second-year students who have never attended any master’s program and who have enrolled in an eligible combined master’s and PhD program during or after 2013 are eligible to apply for the fellowship. The internship that comes with the fellowship offers a unique opportunity for young researchers to gain hands-on research experience in China. The application deadline is June 20, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Major falls within the broad scope of computer science, electronic engineering, information science, or applied mathematics. Program is open to research areas outside core computer science, but they expect to see a strong computing component in an applicant’s proposed research. Areas of interest: Artificial intelligence, Hardware computing, Human computer interaction, Internet graphics, Internet media, Knowledge mining, Machine learning, Media computing, Mobile and sensing systems, Multimedia search and mining, Natural language computing, Software analytics, Speech, System algorithms, Systems, Theory, Visual computing, Web search and data management, Wireless and networking.
Course Level:
Fellowship is available for junior PhD students to pursue their research interests.
Scholarship Provider: Microsoft Research
Scholarship can be taken at: China (Beijing)

Eligibility: Enrollment is highly competitive and selective, reflecting the high criteria for participation. The conditions of eligibility listed below must be met:
-In order to qualify, the candidate must be in one of the following two stages of their educational career the time of nomination: a PhD student who has completed a master’s program, and started their PhD program during or after 2014 and a PhD student who has never completed a master’s program, and who started their combined master’s and PhD program during or after 2013
Note: Special cases may be considered at the discretion of the review committee
-The candidate must have no more than three years of research experience before having begun their the PhD degree
-The candidate must be specializing in one of the following fields: computer science, electronic engineering, information science, or applied mathematics
-The candidate must be nominated by an invited institution and recommended by a PhD supervisor and department head. Direct applications will not be accepted from individuals or universities without invitation from Microsoft Research Asia
-Candidates must be commended by their supervisor as having outstanding potential as a researcher
-Previous Microsoft Research Asia Fellows are ineligible
-A maximum of two applicants per eligible university will be accepted
-Multiple applicants from one supervisor will not be considered for acceptance.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Microsoft Research Asia FellowshipApplicants from Asia-Pacific region are eligible to apply for these Asia fellowships.

Scholarship Description: Now with even greater rewards and incentives, the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Program offers even more competitive benefits for the outstanding support and encouragement of your research opportunities and interests. The Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Program identifies the next generation of research leaders with a unique program that offers a combination of mentorship, research, networking, and academic opportunities to promising young candidates. Since its inception in 1999, 373 outstanding PhD students have been awarded the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship honor.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Not Known

What does it cover? The Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Program offers some of the industry’s most competitive incentives and rewards, including:
-Cash awards of US$10,000 distributed at one time, which can be used to support research initiatives and academic endeavors including, but not limited to, attending international research conference/events, and subsidizing paper and patent application fees
-Opportunities to attend the sixteenth Computing in the 21st Century Conference—one of the most prestigious academic conferences in computer science in the Asia-Pacific region
-Opportunities for optional three-month internships at Microsoft Research Asia’s state-of-the-art R&D facility in Beijing—the largest Microsoft facility outside of the United States
-Opportunities for intensive and individualized mentorship programs with a dedicated senior researcher to help facilitate research until graduation
-An honorary plaque, to be presented at a formal recognition ceremony.

Selection Criteria: All applications from invited institutions and received by Microsoft Research Asia will be reviewed by the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Committee, which is composed of senior lab researchers and managers. A competitive review, based upon the following criteria, determines the award recipients:
-A clear research focus
-A strong academic record, including research publications, previous research experience, transcripts, honors, and awards
-Strong leadership qualities, such as demonstrated passion, commitment, creativity, cooperative abilities, and communication skills
-On-site interview with Microsoft Research Asia researchers may be arranged if needed.

Notification: The award recipients will be announced at the next Computing in the 21st Century Conference to be held in China on October 28, 2015. Microsoft Research Asia will not notify participants individually.

How to Apply: Complete the application form and submit it to your academic institution. The institution must submit the candidate’s completed application form by email. Submit the following via the online submission website by June 20, 2015:
-The completed application form
-Your CV (curriculum vitae)
-A video or PowerPoint presentation with audio introduction (you are encouraged to use Office MIX to make an interactive PowerPoint video)
-Your transcript with academic grades
-Your research papers (optional)
-Two signed recommendation letters, which can be submitted via the online submission website or sent to fellowRAat-microsoft.com directly

Download the application form
online submission website

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is June 20, 2015.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

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