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 provides funding in the amount of up to $50,000 per award 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. We select 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. In addition, the Fellowship includes a summer internship preceding the Fellowship year.
NVIDIA partners with industry leaders to tackle some of the most complex computing challenges. We're creating profound change in fields as diverse as medicine, 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.
Proposals Will be Evaluated for:
Graduate Fellowship Applications Must Include:
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:
Submissions are now OPEN – please APPLY HERE
Notifications of final decisions will be emailed by the end of November
Terms and Conditions
The Graduate Fellowship Award must be used to further your research. The breakdown of the award is between stipend, tuition and health 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 transferable 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. Applications include permission to use the student’s submission data for scheduling internship job interviews. It is possible an internship offer may be made without a Fellowship award. A completed internship at NVIDIA is required before the Fellowship award year can begin. Relatives of NVIDIA employees cannot participate.
Helpful Hints for the Graduate Fellowship Submission: The Research Proposal
The main component of our application evaluation is your research proposal. Here are a few tips that we suggest:
What is your vision?
Our Fellowship Program is a chance for us to get to know some outstanding candidates for whom NVIDIA might be a rewarding place to launch a research career. Tell us what you envision, not only for your PhD thesis research, but what you hope to do with your research once you graduate.
A summer internship* is required as part of the Fellowship. Most of our regular interns don’t fully know what project they will work on until they arrive at NVIDIA; we don’t expect you to have it all mapped out, either, but if you have an idea or a desire for what you would be working on during your 3 to 4 month internship, please share that with us in your proposal.
What have you done so far?
The reason we set the minimum bar for submissions as having completed one year of PhD studies is because we know you need time to achieve some results and accumulate a few publications. We look forward to learning what you have done to date.
Connect your work to NVIDIA.
Help us to understand the innovative ways you are using GPUs, or how your research might influence the design, performance or use of future GPUs.
Tell us about the NVIDIA technologies that currently impact your research, and how you are using them.
Have you ever interned with NVIDIA before? If so, let us know what you worked on during that time.
Are you working in an area outside the mainstream computer science and engineering areas? Help us connect the dots from your research to NVIDIA’s primary research domains.
* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, internships may be held remotely
Helpful Hints for the Graduate Fellowship Submission: The Recommendation Letter
A heavily-weighted component of the application evaluation is the recommendation letter. It is therefore recommended that the candidate afford it the proper attention and effort; here are a few tips that we suggest:
Pick your recommenders wisely!
Your thesis advisor is required, but beyond that, you should select only people who know you well enough to write a strong recommendation for you. A recommendation from a high-profile researcher who barely knows you, or has not worked with you, does not help your application.
Ask each of your recommenders in person/via email before you send the request from the NVIDIA Grad Fellow portal. Ask them also if they have time to write such a letter by the due date. If they are traveling or focused on another deadline, their letter may be hastily composed and not help your cause. It is also generally OK to ask them directly if they feel comfortable writing a strong recommendation letter. If this is someone you only took a class from a few semesters ago, they might not remember you well enough to write you the kind of recommendation you are seeking – give them a chance to tell you. If that is the case, then thank them and move on to asking someone who knows you better.
If you are asking a recommender in industry, such as a former boss from a summer internship, you may need to remind them what you’ve been working on since they last worked with you. It always helps if you can stay in somewhat regular touch with such contacts, so that a lot of time doesn’t pass between updates.
Provide your recommenders with sufficient notice.
Your recommenders are busy people and cannot always pull off a last-minute request. Give them at least a 2 week notice if possible.
Be sure to send the request from the submission portal early and double-check with them that they received the email from the system – sometimes the email goes into their spam folder, and it’s harder to find when it’s the day before the deadline. Ask them to please confirm receipt of the email within 24 hours of your sending it from the portal.
Send them a couple of polite reminders: if you’ve given them 2 weeks, perhaps send a reminder at the one-week mark, and if they still haven’t submitted the letter 3 days prior to the deadline (remember, you can check their letter status on the submission portal), then send them one more reminder.
Thank them for their recommendation as soon as you see their letter has been submitted
Read More About This Fellowship Here https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/research/graduate-fellowships/
Application Link https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/nvidia_grad_fellow_2020