August 3, 2022

Applications now open for the 2023 Meta Research PhD Fellowship program

By: Meta Research

Applications for the 2023 Meta Research PhD Fellowship cycle are now open. Deadline for submission is September 20, 2022. To learn more and to apply, visit the link below.

Learn more

Having funded over 200 students from around the world since the program's conception, we are proud to continue supporting exceptional PhD scholars in a variety of technology research domains. More information is available on the program page, but here are some details at a glance, as well as application guidance.

At a glance

Who’s eligible?

Eligible applicants are:

  • Enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in the fall following the application cycle (fall 2023)
  • Engaged in research relevant to one of the available fellowships described on the program page

The program is open to PhD students at universities around the world. See eligibility criteria for more details, including eligibility restrictions.

What does the award entail?

Winners of the Meta Research PhD Fellowship are entitled to receive:

  • Two years of paid tuition and fees
  • A $42,000 annual stipend to cover living costs
  • Various opportunities to engage with Meta researchers
  • An invitation to the annual Fellowship Summit

Meta does not claim any right to work performed during or as a result of the Fellowship. All research conducted by the Fellow belongs to the Fellow. This excludes any work completed as a Meta employee, should the Fellow do an internship or consult as part of their Fellowship.

See funding details for information related to payment, use of funds, tax information, and more.

How do I apply?

Applications must include:

  • A 500-word research statement that clearly identifies the anticipated research’s area(s) of focus, its importance to the field, and its applicability to Meta
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from an academic adviser

See how to apply for more information about materials and letters of recommendation. Check out the video below for guidance on the application process.

What does a successful application look like?

We’ve reached out to some Meta Research PhD Fellows and research teams at Meta for their thoughts on what a successful application looks like. Check out their blog posts below.


The six most common Fellowship questions, answered by Meta Research PhD Fellow Moses Namara

In this Q&A, Namara offers advice about writing a research statement, navigating the application process, being a Meta Research PhD Fellow, and knowing whether you’re qualified to apply.

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Five tips for a successful Meta Research PhD Fellowship application from the people who review them

We connected with some research teams to discuss what they look for in an application and what advice they would give to prospective applicants. Drawing from their experience reading hundreds of research statements, CVs, and letters of recommendation, they came up with these five tips.

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Applying twice: How Meta Research PhD Fellow David Pujol adjusted his application for success

Each year, thousands of PhD students apply to become a Meta Research PhD Fellow, and only a handful are selected. For past applicants preparing to apply for the program again, 2020 Fellow David Pujol offers some insight on how he adjusted his application for success.

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Fellowship 101: Facebook Fellow Daricia Wilkinson outlines the basics for PhDs

Inspired by Wilkinson’s Medium post about how to make a successful PhD fellowship application, this Q&A outlines the most common questions Wilkinson receives about fellowships, research statements, and the application process.

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