Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant

Broadening participation in computing is a core part of Microsoft’s values; accordingly, we are excited to introduce a new initiative, the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant, that aims to recognize, support, and mentor diverse doctoral students as they complete their dissertation research in computing-related fields.

This grant program is open to doctoral students in their fourth year or beyond, studying computing topics at universities in the United States and Canada, who are from under-represented groups (women, African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and/or people with disabilities). The program allows students to apply for a research grant of up to $20,000 to support their dissertation research; grant recipients will also get to take part in a two-day career workshop at Microsoft Research Redmond this fall. Grant applications for 2017 will be due on *April 7*. You can read more about the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and find application instructions at Also, check out today’s blog announcement:


We hope that you will share information about this new program with members of your organization who may be eligible to apply!



Dr. Meredith Ringel Morris

Principal Researcher & MSR Dissertation Grant Chair