Fully Funded Facebook Fellowship Program 2023
Fully Funded Facebook Fellowship Program 2023: Applications for the Facebook Fellowship Program or the 2023 Meta Research PhD Fellowship are now being accepted.
Applications are now being accepted for the Facebook Fellowship Program or the Meta Research PhD Fellowship cycle of 2023. The submission deadline is September 20, 2022. Go to the following page to find out more and to apply.
Since the program’s inception, we have financed more than 200 students from all over the world, and we are pleased to continue helping outstanding PhD researchers in a range of technology study fields. There is more information on the program page, but here are some highlights and instructions for applying.
Who’s eligible for Facebook Fellowship Program?
Eligible applicants are:
- Enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in the fall following the application cycle (fall 2023)
- Engaged in research relevant to one of the available fellowships described on the program page
This Facebook Fellowship Program is open to Ph.D. students at universities around the world. See eligibility criteria for more details, including eligibility restrictions.
Eligibility Criteria for Facebook Fellowship Program
You are eligible to apply for the program as long as you are:
- Enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in the fall following the application cycle (i.e., Fall 2023)
- Engaged in research related to computer science and engineering in areas relevant to Meta, as specified in the Available Fellowships section
This Facebook Fellowship Program is open to students at all accredited universities around the world.
You would not be eligible if you are:
- Graduating before the fall following each application cycle
- Planning on working at another competitor company part-time while participating in the Fellowship
- A contingent worker at Meta. We cannot pay the CW wage and the stipend concurrently.
- A Meta AI Resident
- Planning on doing a part-time internship with a competitor during the academic year (fall/spring). You can do an internship at another company in the summer before Fellowship or in the summer between academic years during Facebook Fellowship Program. This includes internship extensions into the fall.
We will not be offering awards to candidates whose research is outside the specified research areas described in the Available Fellowships section. Please review each Available Fellowship description carefully to ensure you are aligned with the correct research area.
We are currently unable to provide funding for undergrads, graduates in different disciplines, or alternative funding such as small grants.
What does the award entail?
Winners of the Meta Research PhD Fellowship are entitled to receive:
- Two years of paid tuition and fees
- A $42,000 annual stipend to cover living costs
- Various opportunities to engage with Meta researchers
- An invitation to the annual Fellowship Summit
Meta does not claim any right to work performed during or as a result of the Fellowship. All research conducted by the Fellow belongs to the Fellow. This excludes any work completed as a Meta employee, should the Fellow do an internship or consult as part of their Fellowship.
Funding Details of Facebook Fellowship Program
Tuition money will be paid directly to the school. The total stipend of $42,000 will be paid to Fellow via direct deposit, unless otherwise specified. Stipends must be paid directly to Fellows. Stipend payment(s) are sent once a tuition invoice is received for the respective fall term each year.
The award funds are delivered during the fall term of the awarded year(s) and conclude at the end of the Spring term. If a Fellow graduates in the middle of the academic year, they will receive their full tuition for the semester, and half of their stipend amount (in alignment with the semester).
Use of Funds & Other Restrictions
- The $42,000 stipend cannot be redirected to the university’s lab as gift funding. Stipends must be paid directly to Fellows.
- Tuition and stipend/travel funds cannot be combined and paid to the university.
- Fellows do not receive equipment directly from Meta, but they are free to use their stipend to buy themselves a computer or any equipment necessary for conducting their research.
- Fellows cannot join Meta’s savings account plans (e.g. 401k, Health Savings Account, etc.) since they are not Meta employees.
Stipend awards are taxable and based on local tax laws (where Fellows are a resident). Tuition is sent directly to the Fellows’ university and is not considered personal income. Fellows will be asked to submit necessary tax information once accepting their award.
- Fellows who are U.S. citizens will use the 1099-Misc tax form.
- Fellows who are not U.S. citizens will receive the 1042-S tax document.
It is our policy that we do not advise Fellows on how to file their taxes. For additional guidance, Fellows should consult with a tax professional.
Conflicts of Interest
PhD students are welcome to apply for the Meta Research PhD Fellowship if their PhD is funded through other means. If an applicant is selected as a winner, we will review potential conflicts of interest and determine which funding they would have eligibility for (tuition vs. stipend, etc.).
However, if a winner has accepted another offer, fellowship, or other multi-year award fund from a competing company or industry organization, they must disclose that information so we can determine if they are eligible to receive a Meta Research PhD Fellowship.
- Winners may be asked to decline funding from another company or industry competitor if they wish to accept the Meta Research PhD Fellowship. Funding in this context includes research projects, fellowships, internships, contractor work, and employment.
- Mandatory military employment or Meta contractor positions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Funding from a winner’s university or Meta internship or funding related to a teaching requirement is allowed.