Facebook Fellowships Open Up Internationally

Facebook has extended its fellowships for PhD candidates to include those studying outside of the U.S.

The second edition of Facebook Fellowship Program, which supports PhD students doing innovative research in the areas of social web and technology, has opened up to include universities outside the U.S., among other changes.

International students studying at U.S. universities had already been able to compete for these awards for the 2010-2011 academic year, but for next year’s fellowships any student from any university in the world can apply. This implies more competition for the applicants, but more international recognition for the program.

Last time, Facebook looked for students doing research in only a handful of areas like cloud computing and Internet economics. For next year, many new areas of research have been added to the list, including computational advertising, computer security, and fault tolerance, among others.

This is an incredibly cool opportunity for students. Each of the five fellowships to be awarded for the 2011-2012 year include full tuition fee remission, a $30,000 stipend, and other benefits.

Full-time PhD students interested in applying should turn in a complete application by February 28, 2011. Award recipients will be announced on April 8. You should also “like” Facebook’s Fellowship Program Page to keep up to date with the latest developments and news. And in case you want to know more about last year’s recepients, click here.