Research Management Group (RMG)

Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship Program

Limited submission program for Stanford assistant professors with UTL faculty appointments (see additional criteria below)-a university-wide internal selection process is required as only one application is permitted from the university. An emphasis is placed on nominations from departments working on computing research areas and on areas that involve the innovative application of computing.

This webpage contains the internal selection process held in 2013 and is for your reference only.  This webpage will be updated when a new program is announced.

Number of Stanford applicants: 1 (see internal selection process guidelines below)

Dean of Research Office: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 at 12 noon (see the internal submission guidelines below)
For the final applicant selected: submission of nomination material to Corporate and Foundation Relations (to facilitate the Provost's nomination letter /signature): date Monday September 23, 2013
Sponsor: Sept. 30, 2013, 12 noon Pacific Time
Awards announced: July 2014

Sponsor's website:

Previous recipients:
Includes Stanford recipients in 2011 and 2013:

Amount of Funding
Although not stated on their webpage, the amount in years past has been $200K as a cash award. The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows also have access to other Microsoft resources, such as software, invitations to conferences, and engagements with Microsoft Research.


About the Program:
Microsoft Research seeks nominees who are advancing computing research in novel directions with the potential for high impact on the state of the art, and who demonstrate the likelihood of becoming thought leaders in the field.

The future of computing in academe rests with its newest faculty. In these early-career professionals lie the seeds of tomorrow’s great innovations. However, while recognized faculty with well-established reputations are able to attract the financial support necessary for substantial research programs, new faculty often struggle to secure adequate support to allow them to realize their full potential.

Because new faculty are so vital to the future of academic computer science, the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program identifies, recognizes, and supports exceptional new faculty members engaged in innovative computing research. The objective of this program is to stimulate and support creative research undertaken by promising researchers who have the potential to make a profound impact on the field of computing in their research disciplines.

The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Awards program provides recipients considerable freedom in planning the focus of their academic research. The funds can be applied to a wide variety of uses to pursue novel research. Examples of possible research areas include, but are not limited to: interdisciplinary research, scientific computing, bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering, and other areas where computing transforms the discipline and advances the state of the art.

Criteria Per the FAQs:
The objective of this program is to stimulate and support creative research undertaken by promising researchers who have the potential to make a profound impact in their research disciplines. The focus of this fellowship program is on novel approaches, with computing “at the heart of the research.” Here are the key characteristics of the research the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program is intended to support:



By Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 12 noon, please submit one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below to:

Elizabeth Lasensky
Dean of Research Office
Building 60

PDF file name: Last name_Microsoft_2013.pdf

1) Title Page
Name of this RFA: Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship
Title of your proposal
PI name, title, department, contact information (including address, email, phone)

2) Nomination letter by department chair which should address:
Innovative merit of proposed research project;
potential for this project to advance the state of the art;
description of university/department support for the nominee’s work
nominee’s potential for future leadership.

3) 3 page research summary, including how the funds would be used, excluding references and

4) 3 - 4 page NIH format biosketch

5) Other support, current and pending

Selection process
Your proposals will be reviewed by the Dean of Research Office internal review committee. That committee will determine the applicant to be nominated by our Provost.


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