About the Program
The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program aims to support and empower outstanding international PhD students pursuing research in areas relevant to NVIDIA’s technology, particularly in artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and related fields. The program provides financial support, mentorship, and networking opportunities to help fellows excel in their research endeavors and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their respective fields.
To be eligible for the NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Nationality: Be an international student (non-US citizen or permanent resident)
- PhD Program Enrollment: Be enrolled full-time in a PhD program at an accredited university in the United States
- Field of Study: Engaged in research related to computer science, computer engineering, system architecture, electrical engineering, or a related area with an emphasis on areas relevant to NVIDIA’s technology.
- Academic Record: Demonstrate a strong academic record, typically with a first-class or upper second-class honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university.
- Research Proposal: Submit a clear and well-defined research proposal outlining the proposed research project, including objectives, methodology, and timeline.
- English Language Proficiency: Demonstrate fluency in English, both written and spoken, to a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
- Leadership Potential: Exhibit leadership skills, initiative, and a commitment to making a positive impact on their field of study.
- Motivation and Contribution: Articulate a clear motivation for pursuing a PhD and demonstrate a willingness to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their chosen field.
The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program provides a comprehensive package of benefits to successful applicants:
- Full Tuition Coverage: Full tuition fee coverage for the duration of the PhD program at the chosen university
- Generous Stipend: A generous annual stipend of US$60,000 to cover living expenses such as accommodation, meals, and transportation.
- Research Support: Access to world-class research facilities, resources, and mentorship from experienced NVIDIA researchers and faculty members.
- Networking Opportunities: Opportunities to connect with fellow scholars, researchers, and industry professionals in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and related fields.
- Internship Opportunity: A mandatory internship at NVIDIA preceding the fellowship year, providing hands-on experience and exposure to NVIDIA’s cutting-edge technology.
The application process for the NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program is highly competitive and requires the submission of the following documents:
- Completed Online Application Form: A complete online application form with all required information.
- Academic Transcripts: Official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
- Degree Certificate: A copy of the bachelor’s degree certificate and a copy of the master’s degree certificate (if applicable).
- Research Proposal: A detailed research proposal outlining the proposed research project, including objectives, methodology, and timeline.
- Letter of Motivation: A compelling letter of motivation highlighting academic goals, research aspirations, and contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the chosen field.
- Two Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from academic supervisors or research mentors.
- Copy of Identity Document or Passport: A copy of a valid identity document or passport.
- Resume: A detailed resume highlighting relevant academic achievements, research experience, and publications.
The application deadline for the NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program typically falls between September and October of the year prior to the intended start date of study. For the 2024 academic year, the application deadline is September 7, 2023.
Applications for the NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program are reviewed by a selection committee composed of experts in various fields of computer science, engineering, and related disciplines. The committee considers the following factors:
- Academic Record: Strength of academic performance, including GPA, coursework, and research experience.
- Research Proposal: Clarity, originality, and feasibility of the proposed research project.
- Alignment with NVIDIA’s Research Priorities: Alignment of the research proposal with NVIDIA’s research priorities and potential contributions to advancing knowledge in the chosen field.
- Leadership Potential: Evidence of leadership skills, initiative, and a commitment to making a positive impact in their field of study.
- Personal Statement: Clarity and persuasiveness of the letter of motivation, highlighting personal goals, research aspirations, and contributions to the advancement of knowledge.
- References: Insights and recommendations provided by academic supervisors or research mentors.
- Overall Fit: The applicant’s alignment with the fellowship’s objectives and their potential to contribute to NVIDIA’s global research excellence.
Start of Program
The successful applicants of the NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program will commence their PhD studies at their chosen university in the fall of the year following the application deadline. Fellows will also participate in a mandatory internship at NVIDIA preceding the fellowship year, providing hands-on experience and exposure to NVIDIA’s cutting-edge technology.
For more information about the NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program, application deadlines, and eligibility criteria, please visit the NVIDIA Research website.