Facebook Launches Fellowship Program For Ph.D. Students

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Facebook Fellowship Program
Every day Facebook confronts among the most complex technical problems and we believe that close relationships with the academy will enable us to address many of these problems at a fundamental level and solve them. As part of our ongoing commitment to academic relations, we are pleased to announce the creation of a Facebook Fellowship program to support graduate students in the 2010-2011 school year.

We are interested in a wide range of academic topics, including the following topical areas:

* Internet Economics: auction theory and algorithmic game theory relevant to online advertising auctions.
* Cloud Computing: storage, databases, and optimization for computing in a massively distributed environment.
* Social Computing: models, algorithms and systems around social networks, social media, social search and collaborative environments.
* Data Mining and Machine Learning: learning algorithms, feature generation, and evaluation methods to produce effective online and offline models of behavioral signals.
* Systems: Hardware, operating system, runtime, and language support for fast, scalable, efficient data centers.
* Information Retrieval: search algorithms, information extraction, question answering, cross-lingual retrieval and multimedia retrieval

Eligibility Criteria

* Full-time Ph.D. students in topical areas represented by these fellowships who are currently involved in on-going research.
* Students must be in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, System Architecture, or a related area.
* Students must be enrolled during the academic year that the Fellowship is awarded.
* Students must be nominated by a faculty member.

Application Checklist and Instructions

The application must include:

* 1-2 page research summary which clearly identifies the area of focus and applicability to Facebook. Please reference the topical areas above.
* Students CV (with email, phone and mailing address). Please include applicable coursework.
* Minimum of 2 letters of recommendation (one must be from the faculty sponsor).
* The name and CV of the faculty sponsor.

All of the above information must be submitted as a PDF to fellowships@facebook.com.

Award Details

* Tuition and fees will be paid for the academic year.
* $30K stipend (paid over 9 months of the academic year).
* $5K per year toward conference attendance and travel.
* $5K toward a personal computer.
* Opportunity to apply for a paid summer internship.
* Recipients are responsible for the taxation on any funds.

Important Dates
Friday February 15, 2010: Applications for fellowships must be submitted in full.
Monday March 29, 2010: Award recipients will be notified by email of their acceptance.

Selection Criteria

* Eligibility of applicant.
* The quality of application.
* Applicability of the project or study to Facebook.
* Other criteria as decided by Facebook in its sole discretion.
* Facebook complies with all equal opportunity laws.

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