sexta-feira, agosto 21, 2009

[P&D] Announcement of the Microsoft Research Latin American Fellowship/Internship Programs for the academic year 2009-2010


Recebi este email do Leonardo na lista COMBASE e achei interessante compartilhar.



Seguem as chamadas  para o Microsoft Research Fellowship Award e o MSR Internship Program 2009/2010. Tive a oportunidade de participar de ambos os programas e atesto que a experiência é muito rica tanto p/ aqueles que visam o crescimento científico como o profissional.


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Dear colleagues and friends,


It is that time of the year again when Microsoft Research in Redmond is accepting student nominees from your prestigious universities for the academic year 2009-2010 for both our Latin American PhD Graduate Fellowship Program and Latin American Internship Program. As it was the case for last year, the program continues to be open for any university in the Latin American and Caribbean region.


The goals of these two programs are as follows:   

  • Provide an opportunity for talented students from universities in Latin America and the Caribbean to work with Researchers at Microsoft Research in the Redmond Lab.
  • Increase interaction between MSR Researchers in Redmond and faculty/students at Latin American and Caribbean universities.
  • Provide internship opportunities and expose Latin American and Caribbean students to an industrial research setting and Microsoft.
  • Identify potential candidates for future research opportunities at Microsoft.


We hope you agree this is a valuable opportunity for the best and brightest of your students. 


For more information visit:


Nominee Criteria: 

  • Preference will be given to students nominated by their universities. Students may also apply directly.
  • Up to three (3) applicants per department for a total of nine (9) applicants per university will be accepted. Nominees may come from any of the following departments: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.
  • You most probably may need to run an internal selection process before sending us the final three candidates from your department.
  • Nominees should demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, high research potential, and interests relevant to information technology.
  • Nominees are expected to demonstrate proficiency in English as we are unable to offer English as second language training during their visit to Redmond.
  • The opening date for application submissions is Monday August 17th, 2009. Nominees must complete an application form using our online tool  by Saturday, October 31st, 2009. The online tool will not be available until Monday August 17th, 2009. More information about how to access the online tool will be given at
    • The application must include a curriculum vita or resume (Word Docs, Text Files, and PDF). The documents may be uploaded separately by the student via the online application.
    • Our online application will request three email addresses for letters of recommendation.  We will automatically solicit reference letters to add to the nominee's application.
    • Fellowship applicants must be pursuing a PhD and include a thesis proposal with their application. Internship applicants can be pursuing either a masters or a PhD degree.


Any department chairs wishing to nominate students formally should contact us via email at .

Please send an e-mail including the following information:

University contact name and e-mail:

Applicant's e-mail:
Nominated for Microsoft Research Fellowship, Internship, or both?
Applicant currently pursuing Masters or PhD?
Area of study (up to two):



·         Opening date for Application Submissions: Monday August 17th, 2009

·         Nomination and application deadline:  Saturday October 31st, 2009.

·         All nominees will be reviewed and notified of our decision no later than Monday February 8th, 2010



Additional Program Details


PhD Graduate Fellowship Program:    

  • Two (2) fellowships will be awarded to the best and the brightest from the pool of PhD applicants from the participating universities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • If selected for a fellowship, a student is automatically offered the opportunity to complete an internship at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington.


Latin American Internship Program: 

  • Internships can occur at anytime during the year (with sufficient notice for visa processing).
  • Internships are paid and typically last for 12 weeks.
  • Assistance with visas, relocation, and housing are provided.
  • Primary selection criteria are
    • The inherent merits of the student
    • A research project matching the interests of the nominee
    • Interest from one of our researchers to act as a mentor for the nominee
  • We strongly encourage the candidates to identify their preferred research area when submitting their application. For more information on current research areas at MSR please see:


Please again remember the following: 

  • Only three (3) nominees per department and up to nine (9) in total per school, for both programs (Fellowship + Internship).
  • Each nominee must complete an application via the web tool to be considered.
  • Nominees are not required to apply for both programs.


If you need further assistance or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at .