NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program 2018

Publish Date: Oct 09, 2017

Deadline: Dec 15, 2017

Graduate Fellowships

The application period for the 2018-2019 academic year is now open. The deadline for professor recommendations is 3pm Pacific December 13, 2017 and for student applications is 3pm Pacific December 15, 2017.  Award decisions wil be announced in February 2018.

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 now provides funding in the amount of up to $50,000 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. NVIDIA particularly invites submissions from students pushing the envelope in artificial intelligence, deep neural networks, autonomous vehicles, and related fields. 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.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • 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 be engaged in active research as part of their PhD thesis
  • Students must be enrolled as a full time Ph.D. student during the academic year (9 months) 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

Evaluation Criteria

Each proposal will be evaluated for:

  • Student quality
  • Research quality
  • Relevance to NVIDIA

Application Instructions

Your Graduate Fellowship Application must include:

  • 1 to 2 page research summary/thesis proposal
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) including contact information
  • Professor nomination letter (1 letter minimum (thesis advisor), 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)

New submission portal: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all of these items are submitted prior to the deadline. We are using a new submission portal, in which the student manages their own application. The student must:

  • complete the student profile - start this now; you can go back to the portal repeatedly until you submit the final application
  • complete your application input including resesearch summary thesis proposal and resume (CV)
  • add contacts for the letter(s) of recommendation -- an email will automatically be sent on your behalf to each recommender you add -- be sure to add your professors/recommenders early in the process! Do not wait until close to the deadline!
  • monitor the status of your recommendation letter(s) in the portal -- do not click on the final submission until the recommendation status shows "recommendation uploaded" for each recommendation you are expecting -- the professor deadline has been set 2 days prior to the student deadline to allow the student to ensure all documents are received before submitting
  • communicate with the recommender(s) to complete their letter upload on time - it is the student's responsibility to ensure their letters are received into the system
  • submit the final application when all items are complete, and prior to 3pm Pacific December 15, 2017

Terms and Conditions

The Graduate Fellowship Award must be used to further your research. The breakdown of the award is between stipend, tuition and insurance, in that order. The award is an unrestricted gift to be used to further the student’s research over the academic year. We ask that no overhead or indirect costs are charged to the award. Awards are not transferrable to another student. Whether it is OK to combine the NVIDIA fellowship with another fellowship depends on several factors -- please contact the NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship for details on this matter. Awards are issued to the university for disbursement, not directly to the student. Amount of the award cannot exceed stipend, tuition, and health insurance. There may also be university-specific restrictions that pertain.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

This opportunity has expired. It was originally published here:


Similar Opportunities


Computer Engineering

Computer Sciences

Study Levels


Opportunity Types