The application period for the 2015-2016 academic year is now closed. Please see below for the Graduate Fellowship application instructions. Submissions for the next year will open in Fall 2015.
Solve the Most Complex Visual Computing Challenges
NVIDIA partners with industry leaders to tackle some of the most complex computing challenges. We're creating profound change in industries such as medical imaging, space exploration, automotive design and film production. We've only scratched the surface of what we can accomplish when we apply our technology to it. We need innovative and talented doctoral students, who aren't afraid of a challenge, to help us tackle these opportunities.
"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 past recipients are the most talented graduate students in the world and the work they have proposed will help define the future of computing." -- NVIDIA Sr VP and 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 in the amount of $25,000 per award to Ph.D. students who are researching topics that will lead to major advances in the graphics and high-performance computing industries, and are investigating innovative ways of leveraging the power of the GPU. We select up to ten 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 talented minds in the field.
- 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
- Note: The award must be administered through the student's university; payment will be made to the university, not directly to the student
Each proposal will be evaluated for:
- Student quality
- Research quality
- Relevance to NVIDIA
Your Graduate Fellowship Application must include:
- 1 to 2 page research summary/thesis proposal
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) including contact information
- Professor Nomination Form including nomination letter (1 letter minimum, up to 3 letters maximum -- OK to have nomination letter(s) from non-professors, as long as you have one from your thesis advisor/professor)
Note: It is the student's responsiblity to ensure that all of these items are submitted prior to the deadline.
Important: Please submit only PDF files and use only ASCII characters in your document file names. Our submission system cannot recognize filenames with Asian or other non-ASCII symbols. Warning: your application may fail to be captured by our online system if you use non-ASCII symbols!
If you need to make a correction to an already-submitted application or nomination letter, please just resubmit the new version using the online form again. We will use the version with the most recent time stamp. Please do not email it in -- it needs to be submitted via the web form to be added to the review database.
"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 Grad Fellow
"NVIDIA's recent innovations in support of high-performance computing have allowed scientists to broaden their computational horizons. In offering the Graduate Fellowship, NVIDIA demonstrates their willingness to collaborate directly with young researchers in order to put even more power in the hands of those scientists. Beyond simply providing funding, the Graduate Fellowship facilitates direct interaction between industry and academia, allowing for faster adoption of innovations across the broader community."– Henry, NVIDIA Grad Fellow 2010
"Working alongside NVIDIA has allowed our group to partake in the GPU computing revolution by drastically shortening time-to-discovery, and by popularizing high-throughput computational science. We are truly honored to have NVIDIA's support in both our research and teaching."- Nicolas, NVIDIA Grad Fellow 2009 & 2010
"Apart from being one of the most prominent platforms for showcasing ongoing research across a broad range of research areas, NVIDIA fellowship helps foster a fruitful collaboration between industry and the academia. I am fortunate to be a part of this prestigious program; NVIDIA's support has been extremely encouraging.” – Anjul, NVIDIA Grad Fellow 2009 & 2010
“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 Grad Fellow
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.
I am just starting my Ph.D. this Fall 2013. Am I eligible to apply?
You should have completed your first year of your Ph.D. program at the time of application. The requirement is not black and white, but the idea is that after one year, there is a track record of research and experience. After zero years, there is very little to judge the student's research on. So, it's certainly fine to apply, but very unlikely to be awarded. Of course, in special situations, there may be enough history to make a compelling application. We suggest you look at the list of past recipients and see whether your application is comparable. If so, then go ahead and apply and see where your application falls in the review process compared to all the other applications.
What are my chances of being awarded a Graduate Fellowship?
The Graduate Fellowship Awards are very competitive. Many qualified candidates will not receive Graduate Fellowships, as the competition is of very high quality. We received over 250 applicants in 2013 and were only able to award 11 Graduate Fellowships. The finalists include students with multiple papers in top venues showcasing their results in GPU computing, or absolutely fascinating and exciting research proposals, or both. In all cases, they have outstanding letters of recommendation with many details and facts to back up their advisor's stated high opinion.
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. The award is an unrestricted gift to be used to further the student’s research over the 2015-2016 academic year. We ask that no overhead or indirect costs are charged to the award. Awards are not transferrable to another student.
Is there a limit on how many Graduate Fellowship Awards one Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. You can follow the same guidelines and application process as any new applicant.
Are International Ph.D. students eligible?
Yes. International students are eligible to apply. However, the Graduate Fellowship Award amount may vary by country, region or location.
Can I have more than one Professor Nomination?
Yes, you can have up to three Professor Nominations. However, you can only list one professor on your online application. You will need to work directly with your additional professors to follow the instructions for Professors/Advisors above to submit the additional nomination forms. It is OK to have nomination letter(s) from non-professors, as long as you have one from your thesis advisor/professor.
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 instructions on how to submit 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.Please remember it is the student's responsibility to ensure the professor nominations are turned in on time, which means notifying the professor(s) with sufficient time in advance of the deadline for them to write and submit their review(s), and following up with them prior to the deadline if they haven't heard from them that your nomination letter was submitted.
How are the Graduate Fellowship Recipients selected?
NVIDIA's Graduate Fellowship Program has a committee of engineers headed by our Chief Scientist, Bill Dally. The committee is comprised of 25-30 senior technical staff and managers from research and development groups across the company. This committee reviews all applicants competitively in several review sessions. This is a very intensive process. This review process usually takes 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, many qualified candidates will not be selected due to the high quality of proposals and limited number of awards available.
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.