Why Women should have special scholarshipsThe very first point which comes in mind when people read about special scholarships for women is why they should have special funding support.
The answer to this question is to support women education. In many countries, women are facing problem as parents supports their son for education and does not give priority to their daughter's education.
By giving women scholarships, government try to support them and give them opportunities to show their power in all aspects.
Microsoft Research Women's FellowshipIt is a scholarship provided to selected candidates who have registered for their PhD. at some defined universities. Under this scholarship, US$20,000 are provided to the selected candidate as their fellowship. From this whole some of $20000.00, $18000.00 is to be used as tuition fee and $2000.00 is to be to cover various travel expenses for conferences.
No. of scholarships every yearMicrosoft Research Women's Fellowship is given to single selected woman from every hosting university of USA for pursuing her PhD research work. The list of host universities may vary every year and interested candidates need to search for the information before making an application.
List of Host Universities for 2016-17Below is the list of Host universities for the academic year 2016-17-
One woman is selected from each of university mentioned above for this fellowship every year.
Eligibility for the scholarshipIt is only for women candidates and men cannot apply for this. Women from all over the world are eligible for this scholarship only if they have enrolled for PhD programme from any of the participating universities of that particular year.
Application details and final selection declarationFor application, candidate need to check the list of participating universities and if her university is in the list, she need to contact the administrative office for the details. Read carefully the whole application form and the selection procedure.
Microsoft Research Women's Fellowship announce the list of selected candidates by the end of May month every year. The fellow ship amounts are transferred to your university as per the requirement of your university and their schedule. Once the university received the funds, they will disperse the fund as per their guidelines.
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Thank you for sharing the details of the Women Fellowship programs in USA. It is a very useful article.
It may be noted that the fellowship is available only for a period of one year, though earning a Ph.D. degree may require 3 to 5 years of work. Also all the host universities are top ranking universities of the US/world. Since the applications for fellowship is considered only to admitted students in the host universities, the aspirants has to have outstanding credentials to secure admission in such universities to begin with. Normally there are more chances of getting other fellowships also offered by the host universities. Moreover it is also possible to get teaching assistantships or research assistantships while pursuing research programs leading to Ph.D. degree at host universities.
Microsoft also offers awards five PhD Fellowships to support PhD students at Indian universities while they pursue doctoral education in computer science and related areas. It comprises a monthly stipend of Rs. 25,000 over a maximum period of four years and a separate sum of Rs. 2,00,000 for purchase of a laptop, travel to conferences and seminars during the term of the fellowship, plus miscellaneous expenses.