Graduate Fellowship Program
The application period for the 2013-2014 academic year is now closed. Our 2013-2014 Graduate Fellows were announced at GTC 2013.Please check back during Fall 2013 for the 2014-2015 Graduate Fellowship application period.
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"The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program recognizes and supports excellence in GPU computing research in universities worldwide and builds relationships between NVIDIA and the academic community. We believe this year's recipients are the most talented graduate students in the world and the work they have proposed will help define the future of computing." -- NVIDIA Chief Scientist Bill Dally
About NVIDIA's Graduate Fellowship Program
NVIDIA has long believed that investing in university talent is beneficial to the industry and key to our continued growth and success. The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program provides funding to Ph.D. students who are researching topics that will lead to major advances in the graphics and digital media industry, and are investigating innovative ways of leveraging the power of the GPU. We select students each year who have the talent, aptitude and initiative to work closely with us early in their careers. Recipients not only receive crucial funding for their research, but are able to conduct groundbreaking work with access to NVIDIA products, technology and some of the most gifted minds in the field.
"With GPU technology changing so rapidly, it is next to impossible to do cutting edge research without access to the latest hardware as well as insight into where GPUs are going in the future. The NVIDIA fellowship provided me with not just the hardware necessary to succeed, but also provided me the opportunity to talk with NVIDIA architects to ensure that my research will have an impact far beyond the capabilities of today's GPUs."- Ian Buck Software Team, Former NVIDIA Graduate Fellow
“I am extremely grateful to NVIDIA for supporting my research. This funding continues to allow me to work on cutting-edge research that will make use of high-level programming languages that target next-generation architectures. This fellowship has also given me the benefit of collaborating with some of the brightest minds at NVIDIA Research.” - Albert Sidelnik, NVIDIA Graduate Fellow 2012 & 2013
"Having a company such as NVIDIA who knows how to take research ideas and implement them in real devices to be giving me feedback is a wonderful opportunity. NVIDIA is providing me with the opportunity to interact with some of the best researchers in computing which makes this fellowship worth more than any dollar amount." - Jason Clemons, NVIDIA Graduate Fellow 2013
“The relationship NVIDIA fosters with university researchers through its fellowship program provides a conduit for ideas and technology to flow between academia and industry. In addition to financial sponsorship, the fellowship affords student researchers a unique opportunity to cultivate a dialogue with the finest engineering minds in the industry. As a recipient of the NVIDIA Fellowship, I am grateful that the financial and intellectual support I receive from NVIDIA ensures my research is useful and relevant to the graphics industry at large.”- Jared Hoberock, Research Team, Former NVIDIA Graduate Fellow
- Students must have already completed their first year of Ph.D. level studies (at the time of application)
- Students must have majors in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, System Architecture, Electrical Engineering, or a related area
- Students must hold current membership on an active research team
- Students must be enrolled as a full time Ph.D. student during the academic year of the award
Your Fellowship Application must include:
- 1 to 2 page research summary/thesis proposal
- Resume including contact information
- Professor Nomination Form including nomination letter (up to 3 nomination letters can be provided per student application)
- Send any questions/inquiries (not applications) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The application period for the 2013-2014 academic year is now closed. We will re-open the Graduate Fellowship application period during Fall 2013.
As part of the application process, all applicants and nominating professors/advisors will be asked to sign a waiver. Graduate Fellowship Award amounts may vary by region, country or location.
Students: If you would like to be considered for an NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship, please complete the Online Graduate Fellowship Application. Once your application is submitted successfully, a confirmation screen will pop up and you should receive a confirmation email. You should communicate with your nominating professor or advisor that they will be receiving an email with a link to submit the Professor Nomination Form on your behalf. It is required to receive at least one professor nomination letter, but you also have the option of receiving up to three professor nomination letters. You will need to send the professor nomination form link to each of your professors you wish to receive a nomination letter from. Since there is only room for one professor to fill out the form they will each need to fill out a form separately. If they do not receive this email, they can follow the directions for Professors/Advisors below.
Professors/Advisors: If you would like to nominate a PhD student for an NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship, please complete the Online Professor Nomination Form. Once your nomination form is submitted successfully, a confirmation screen will pop up and you should receive a confirmation email. If you are submitting the nomination form before your student submits their application, please communicate with your student to follow the application process for students above.
Graduate Fellowship FAQs
Do you have a specific research field requirement in EE, CE, or CS?
No. There are many ways that Engineering fields can touch NVIDIA, and we are open to considering them.
Are there any stipulations on how the Graduate Fellowship Award can be spent?
The Graduate Fellowship Award must be used to further your research. This can be in the form of tuition, books, living stipend, salary and travel to NVIDIA Research Summit, SIGGRAPH, or relevant conferences.
Is there a limit on how many Graduate Fellowship Awards one PhD student can receive from NVIDIA?
No. At this time there is no limit on the number of times you can be awarded the NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Award. Keep in mind you can only receive one per year!
Is there a limit to the number of NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Awards granted per University or per Research Team?
No. At this time, there is no limit per University nor is there a limit per graduate team provided the research is different and interesting to NVIDIA.
I am a current Graduate Fellowship Recipient, can I apply again?
Yes. You can apply each year you are enrolled in your research project until you get your PhD. You can follow the same guidelines and application process as any new applicant.
Are International PhD students eligible?
Yes. International students are eligible to apply. However, the Graduate Fellowship Award amount may vary by country, region or location.
What if my professor/advisor doesn't submit the Professor Nomination Form?
We do require a Professor Nomination Form, which can be filled out by either an advisor or professor of your designation. Once you submit your online Graduate Fellowship Application, the advisor or professor you designated will receive an email with a link to the Professor Nomination Form. If they do not submit by the deadline, then your application will not be considered complete and as such will not be considered.
How are the Graduate Fellowship Recipients selected?
NVIDIA's Graduate Fellowship Program has a committee of executives, engineers and is headed by our Chief Scientist, Bill Dally and our research team. This committee reviews all applicants competitively in several review sessions. This is a very intensive process. This review process usually takes several weeks.
I'm having trouble submitting my application, what is causing this and what should I do?
The Graduate Fellowship online application is supported by Internet Explorer(IE). If you are using a browser other than IE you may experience some difficulties. You can email email@example.com to follow up on any applications you are concerned about.
I submitted my application, but I didn't receive a confirmation email?
If you do not receive a confirmation email, check your spam folder, and if you still have not received a confirmation, you can either email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm or re-submit your application.
I already submitted a Professor Nomination form, but received another email requesting to submit. What does this mean?
If you submitted your Professor Nomination form prior to your student submitting their Graduate Fellowship Application, you will receive an auto-generated email to submit a Nomination Form. If you have already submitted this form and received a confirmation, then you do not need to re-submit. If you have any questions about this you can email email@example.com.
Can I change my proposal after submitting the Graduate Fellowship Form?
Yes, but you will need to submit a whole new application and we will use the newest application and proposal on file.
Can more than one of my professors/advisors submit nomination letters?
Yes, you can receive up to three professor/advisor nomination letters. However, our form only allows room for one professor, so you will have to send each of them a link to the professor nomination form separately.