NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program 2021-2022 for PhD Students (up to $50,000)

NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program 2021-2022 for PhD Students (up to $50,000)

Deadline: September 11, 2020

Applications are open for the NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program 2021-2022. NVIDIA has long believed that investing in university talent is beneficial to the industry and key to their continued growth and success. The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program provides funding to PhD students who are researching topics that will lead to major advances in accelerated computing and its applications.

NVIDIA particularly invites submissions from students pushing the envelope in artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and related fields. They select students each year who have the talent, aptitude and initiative to work closely with them 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. In addition, the Fellowship includes a summer internship preceding the Fellowship year.


  • The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program provides funding in the amount of up to $50,000 per award.


  • Students must have already completed their first year of PhD 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 active PhD student during the 2020-2021 academic year (9 months) of the award — this means they should not be expecting to graduate sooner than May/June 2021;
  • Students must be available to complete a summer internship (which due to COVID-19 may be held remotely) prior to the start of their Fellowship year;
  • Students may not be immediate family of a current NVIDIA employee.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated for:

  • Student quality;
  • Research quality;
  • Relevance to NVIDIA.


Graduate Fellowship applications must include:

  • Research summary/thesis proposal – up to 2 pages, plus bibliography.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) including contact information.
  • Professor nomination letter (1 letter minimum (thesis advisor), up to 3 letters maximum — You can have nomination letter(s) from non-professors, as long as you have one from your thesis advisor/professor).
  • Confirmation of availability for summer internship.

New Submission Portal: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all of these items are submitted prior to the deadline. They 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 research 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 — the deadline for recommendation letters is 3pm Pacific September 9, 2020
  • 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.

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For more information, visit NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship.