How to apply
PhD students must individually submit the following information. You will need to collect all the information listed under each form before submitting them as you will not have the ability to save the details and return to the online forms. You must use the same email address in both forms.
1. Reference Letter form (student requests reference letters before April 1, 2020):
Contact information for two references (third one being optional) who are established researchers familiar with your research (at least one of which must be from your primary academic advisor/supervisor). We highly encourage you to reach out to your references and submit the reference letter form long before your proposal deadline. Microsoft will automatically provide instructions and request a reference letter from each of your reference contacts separately as you submit your application. The sooner you submit the reference letter form, the more notice they will receive to upload a letter before the deadline. Those auto-generated emails will be sent from Microsoft Research Grants (email@example.com), which may end up in their spam folder. References will be asked to upload a letter in our online form. Note that all contacts must submit your reference letters by Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM UTC (April 1, 2020 at 4:59 PM PST) in order for your proposal to be considered. Due to the number of submissions, we will not respond to questions asking if your references were submitted in time. You will receive an auto-generated confirmation email each time one of your references submits a letter. You may also log into your proposal to see if a letter has been received or not. It is your responsibility to follow up with your references.
2. Proposal form (student submits by April 1, 2020):
- Curriculum vitae
- Thesis proposal or research statement (short and concise is recommended—no more than two pages including references with font no smaller than 10-point)
- Abstract of the above thesis proposal or research statement (no more than 150 words)
- Description of how the award would be used, including a budget (maximum one page)
- Month and year you entered the PhD program and your expected graduation date
- Primary area of research
- Proposals must be submitted in English via the online application tool in any of the following formats: Word document, text-only file, or PDF. Email or hard-copy proposals will not be considered.
- Proposals submitted to Microsoft will not be returned. Microsoft cannot assume responsibility for the confidentiality of information in submitted grant proposals. Therefore, proposals should not contain information that is confidential, restricted, or sensitive.
- Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
- Due to the volume of submissions, Microsoft Research cannot provide feedback individual feedback on proposals that do not receive the award.