Ph.D. Fellowship Program offers funding, travel grant and internship at Microsoft Research India; aims to encourage students to pursue careers in research.
Microsoft Research India today announced its Ph.D. Fellowship Program awards for 2007. The Ph.D. Fellowship Program aims to encourage students to take up doctoral education in computer science and help the growth of the research community in India. The Ph.D. fellowships, instituted by Microsoft Research’s External Research & Programs group, are awarded to students after a rigorous selection process that includes nomination by their faculty and selection by a panel of leading researchers. Through the Ph.D. Fellowship Program, Microsoft Research India offers the recipients funding of $20,000 (U.S.) over four years and a travel allowance of $5,000 (U.S.) to attend international conferences and seminars. As part of the Ph.D. Fellowship Program, the selected students will also be given a laptop computer and an internship opportunity of three to six months at Microsoft Research India during the first two years of their fellowship.
Ph.D. fellowships for this year have been awarded to Shanmuganathan R. (Indian Institute of Technology [IIT] Bombay), B.V.N. Silpa (IIT Delhi), Arnab Sarkar (IIT Kharagpur), Arpita Patra (IIT Madras) and Rama Suri Narayanam ( Indian Institute of Science).
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