Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship

09/10/2013, 5:00 PM

To: Tenure-track faculty working on computing research areas and on areas that involve innovative application of computing


The following is a limited submission opportunity from Microsoft with only one nominee allowed per institution. If you are interested in applying to this program please send me a short summary of your research and CV via email by September 10th. If you have questions about the program please contact Will Melton, Executive Director of Development at


Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship


Program Description:

Microsoft Research seeks nominees who are advancing computing research in novel directions with the potential for high impact on the state of the art, and who demonstrate the likelihood of becoming thought leaders in the field.

The future of computing in academe rests with its newest faculty. In these early-career professionals lie the seeds of tomorrow’s great innovations. However, while recognized faculty with well-established reputations are able to attract the financial support necessary for substantial research programs, new faculty often struggle to secure adequate support to allow them to realize their full potential.

Because new faculty are so vital to the future of academic computer science, the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program identifies, recognizes, and supports exceptional new faculty members who are engaged in innovative computing research. The objective of this program is to stimulate and support creative research undertaken by promising researchers who have the potential to make a profound impact on the field of computing in their research disciplines.

About the awards

Each fellowship includes a cash award. The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows also have access to other Microsoft resources, such as software, invitations to conferences, and engagements with Microsoft Research. Microsoft awards Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship grants each year; awardees are selected by April.

The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Awards program provides recipients considerable freedom in planning the focus of their academic research. The funds can be applied to a wide variety of uses to pursue novel research. Examples of possible research areas include, but are not limited to: interdisciplinary research, scientific computing, bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering, and other areas where computing transforms the discipline and advances the state of the art.


  • Nominees for the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program must be nominated by their research institution, and their nominations must be confirmed by a letter from the head of the institution (for example, office of the Provost, Pro-Vice Chancellor, President, Rector, Vice-Rector, and so on). Direct applications from new faculty members are not accepted.
  • No more than one nomination from each research institution will be accepted. For instance, a university cannot nominate both a candidate from the Department of Computer Science and a candidate from its medical school.
    • An emphasis is placed on nominations from departments working on computing research areas and on areas that involve the innovative application of computing. 
  • In the United States and Canada, nominees must hold a tenure-track faculty position, and should have completed their most recent PhD or ScD in 2007 or later.
  • Nominees must be new faculty members in the first, second, or third year of their first tenure-track faculty appointment.


Sponsor Deadline:

Nominations Close September 30, 2013 at noon Pacific Time.