Microsoft invites applications for the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship in Computing-Related Fields in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) for the 2022/23 academic year.

The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship is a global program that identifies and empowers the next generation of exceptional computing research talent. Microsoft recognizes the value of diversity in computing and aims to increase the pipeline of talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields to build a stronger and inclusive computing-related research community.

Worth of Award

Provisions of the award include

  • $15,000 USD provided to help complete research as part of the doctoral thesis work for the academic year 2022–23.
  • Eligible recipients will be offered a 12-week paid internship with Microsoft Research’s Cambridge, UK lab, or the Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI).
  • Opportunities will be provided to build relationships with research teams at Microsoft and receive mentorship.


  • PhD students must be enrolled at a university in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, or Africa).
  • Proposed research must be closely related to one of the themes at Microsoft Research Cambridge:
    • Cloud Infrastructure
    • Confidential Computing
    • Future of Work
    • Health Intelligence
    • Machine Intelligence
  • Students must be entering the third year or beyond of their PhD program sometime between August 2022 – July 2023 having taken into account transfers, approved leaves of absence, etc.
  • PhD students must continue to be enrolled at the university at the beginning of the academic year 2023 or forfeit the award. Fellowships are not available for extension.

If you require time away for family or medical leave, this will be accommodated. If you are unsure if a particular need for time away will affect the award, you can contact Microsoft Research Fellowships at [email protected].

How to Apply

The below outlines the information necessary to submit your proposal in the submission portal.

You will be asked to answer the below questions in a form:

  • Your name, email, country, university, and department
  • Primary area of research
  • Thesis proposal or research statement title
  • Month and year entered into the PhD program and expected graduation date (you must be entering your third year or beyond sometime between August 2022 – July 2023)
  • URL to your professional website (optional, but strongly recommended; you are encouraged to make certain it is up-to-date)
  • One to three academic conferences you are most likely to attend

Deadline: Proposals and letters of recommendation will be accepted through, June 9, 2022, at 7:00 PM UTC.


Click here for more details and to apply