The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant aims to increase the pipeline of diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields by providing a research funding opportunity for doctoral students from groups underrepresented in computing (women, African-Americans/Blacks, Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and/or people with disabilities).


  • PhD students must be enrolled at a university in the United States or Canada.
  • Students must be in their fourth year or beyond of a PhD program as of  the proposal deadline.
  • Proposed research must be closely related to the general research areas carried out by researchers at Microsoft (see website for list).
  • PhD students submitting a proposal for this grant must self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, LGBTQI+, and/or person with a disability.

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