The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship recognizes innovative, promising new faculty, whose exceptional talent for research and innovation identifies them as emerging leaders in their fields. Provisions of the 2020 award include $100,000 USD awarded annually for two years starting in the Fall of 2020.

Limited Submission - 2 per institution - one page Letter of Intent due to Research Office  Monday, September 16 - 5 pm Pacific Time.

  • Send a 1-2 page letter outlining nomination requirements that include your name and brief description of your primary and secondary areas of research. 

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  • LOI due to Office for Research Development Monday, September 16 - 5:00 PM Pacific Time.   email to
  • Nominations accepted through Monday, September 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Nominees receive a request to submit their proposal in early October 2019
  • Proposals accepted through November 1, 2019
  • Reference letters accepted through November 15, 2019
  • Finalists will be notified by January 31, 2020
  • Finalists travel to Redmond, WA for in-person interviews in early Spring 2020
  • Recipients announced by April 30, 2020

Eligibility criteria


  • Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Fellows should support this mission by fostering diverse and inclusive cultures within their communities.
  • Faculty must be nominated by their university or a Microsoft researcher.
  • A maximum of two nominations per university will be accepted; if more than one is nominated, then at least one nominee should help us increase the opportunities for faculty who are underrepresented in the field of computing. This includes those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or person with a disability.
  • Microsoft researchers may nominate only one person for the fellowship.
  • Nominators must agree to write and submit a one-page recommendation letter in support of their nominee, if requested.


  • Full-time faculty at a degree-granting college or university in North America or South America.
  • Faculty must have received their terminal degree (e.g. PhD, DSc) in August 2014 or later. We will take into account approved delays, like leaves of absences from the workplace, on a case by case basis if you contact us at
  • Currently conducting research, advising graduate students, and teaching in a classroom.
  • Research must be closely related to the general research areas carried out by Microsoft Research as noted in the Research areas tab above.


  • If awarded, the recipient must remain an active, full-time faculty during the two consecutive academic years of the award or forfeit the award. Fellowships are not available for extension; however leaves of absence from the workplace will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Payment of the award, as described above, will be made directly to the university and dispersed according to the university’s policies. Microsoft will have discretion as to how any remaining funds will be used if the faculty is no longer qualified to receive funding.
Monday, September 16, 2019
Date Open: 
Monday, September 9, 2019
Agency Deadline: 
Monday, September 30, 2019
Limit per Institution: 
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