Facebook Fellowship Program Looking for a Few Good Students

It’s back to school for Facebook, as the social-networking site announced the Facebook Fellowship Program, which is aimed at recruiting Ph.D. students in the 2010-11 school year to help solve technical dilemmas, director of engineering Greg Badros posted on the Facebook Blog.

Winners will receive tuition and fees for the entire academic year, a $30,000 stipend, $5,000 for a computer and $5,000 for travel and conference fees, according to TechCrunch.

From Badros’ post:

Today, we’re announcing the Facebook Fellowship Program to support Ph.D. students in the 2010-2011 school year who can help solve some of the biggest challenges facing the social Web and Internet technology. We believe that the academic community plays a central role in addressing many of our most challenging research questions, and we created this fellowship to extend our involvement and collaboration with the academic world.

We are interested in a wide range of academic topics, including Internet economics, cloud computing, social computing, data mining, machine learning and systems and information retrieval. Full-time Ph.D. students who are enrolled in U.S. universities and working on research in these topical areas qualify to apply for one of five fellowships, which will cover their tuition and fees and provide a $30,000 stipend, in addition to conference travel and other benefits.

Feb. 15, 2010: Applications for fellowships must be submitted in full.

March 29, 2010: Award recipients will be notified by email of their acceptance.