Facebook Supports PH.D. Students with New Fellowship

Facebook today announced its Facebook Fellowship Program, offering Ph.D. students enrolled in the 2010-2011 school year an opportunity to help solve challenges facing the social Web and Internet technology. The program is open to full-time Ph.D. students who are working on research in academic topics such as Internet economics, cloud computing, social computing, data mining, machine learning and systems and information retrieval.

According to the company blog, students who qualify can apply for one of five fellowships, which will cover their tuition and fees and provide a $30,000 stipend in addition to conference travel and other benefits. Applications must be submitted by February 15 and award recipients will be notified via email on March 29.

“We look forward to working together with leading Ph.D. researchers across the country to take on the big technological challenges facing our engineers and the social web,” wrote Greg Badros, director of engineering at Facebook. “We are eagerly awaiting your applications for our first Facebook Fellowship Program.”

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