A doctoral degree is arguably the ultimate end goal of a modern education. But with the research opportunities now available in industry and the lure of the start-up, why do students pursue this advanced academic achievement? For many, it's the opportunity to explore a fascinating area in great depth. Computer Science is still a young, dynamic field where an innovative researcher might hit on something that can truly change the world. 

Google’s global fellowship program was created to support those willing to take on this noble endeavor. This year, the fourth year of the program, we welcome two new regions and are delighted to be supporting 40 students’ graduate studies in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, and the United States. You can click here to see a list of all of our Google Fellowship recipients.

PhD students have a unique experience. They are intently focused on a specialized area of study, with a goal of producing tangible results in a defined timeframe. The process requires sophisticated knowledge of the domain, expert planning and problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate their work and results through publications, conferences and ultimately, in authoring a book. These are highly transferable skills of great value, no matter what path the student chooses after graduate school.

Congratulations to our fellows; we applaud you on your chosen path and look forward to the accomplishments to come.