2021 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship

The Syracuse University Office of Research and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations are pleased to announce the launch of the Limited Submission competition for the 2021 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship. The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship recognizes innovative, promising new faculty, whose exceptional talent for research and innovation identifies them as emerging leaders in their fields. Provisions of the 2021 award include $100,000 USD awarded annually for two years starting in the fall of 2021. Faculty must have received their terminal degree (e.g., PhD, DSc) in May 2016 or later. The deadline for internal proposals is February 10, 2021.

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Sponsor Program Announcement: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/academic-program/faculty-fellowship/
Number of Possible Internal Nominees: Minimum of 1. Two additional opportunities for faculty who are underrepresented in the field of computing.
Internal Submission Due Date: February 10, 2021, 5:00 PM
Sponsor Deadline: March 29, 2021


  • Full-time faculty at a degree-granting college or university in North America or South America.
  • Faculty must have received their terminal degree (e.g., PhD, DSc) in May 2016 or later. Microsoft will take into account approved delays, like leaves of absences from the workplace and postdocs, on a case by case basis.
  • Currently conducting research, advising graduate students, and teaching in a classroom.
  • Proposed research must be closely related to the general research areas carried out by researchers at Microsoft as noted in the Our research tab on the Mircrosoft Research web page.
  • A maximum of three nominations per university will be accepted; if more than one is nominated, then the other one or two nominees should help us increase the opportunities for faculty who are underrepresented in the field of computing. This includes those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or person with a disability.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit a 2-page statement of research and a CV.

The two-page statement of research should include: your major research initiatives, what makes your approaches especially innovative, and how you would use the funding and the impact it would have on your research; a paragraph describing how you support the mission of fostering diversity and inclusive cultures within your student and researcher communities and how you plan to in the future; use a font no smaller than 10-point and references should be included as part of the two pages.

Nomination Process

If the number of proposals submitted to this competition exceeds the number that the University can submit to the sponsor, peer review will be triggered. Under the peer review process, limited submission applications will be evaluated in several categories, including:

  • Scientific/technical merit
  • Significance and impact of the research proposed
  • Alignment with Microsoft research areas
  • Applicant’s performance and demonstration of outstanding promise for breakthrough, high-impact research in computer science or a related field
  • Notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications

The PI(s) selected to move forward with full proposals will be notified by email by February 19. Per the sponsor restrictions, no more than 3 submissions may be put forth by the University.

PI Responsibilities

If a proposal is selected and the PI or team decides to forgo an application, they must notify the Office of Research within five days of the selection notice. This allows another proposal to be selected and move forward. If the PI fails to submit a proposal and has not notified the Office of Research, the PI runs the risk of being disqualified from future LSO competitions.

PI Eligibility

For any sponsored research projects, the applicant must be eligible to serve as Principal Investigator for the project, unless otherwise noted in the LSO. Please see our PI Eligibility requirements to ensure you are eligible.

Questions: Email LimitedSubmissions@syr.edu

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