Introducing Facebook Fellowships

Today I’m happy to announce that Facebook will be offering fellowships to support graduate students in the 2010-2011 school year. The program will provide tuition, stipend and other perks to lucky students whose applications are chosen. Lots more details can be found on the Facebook Fellowship page.

The areas are quite broad, and reflect the range of problems we believe are important in shaping the future of social media and web engineering:

  • Internet Economics: auction theory and algorithmic game theory relevant to online advertising auctions.
  • Cloud Computing: storage, databases, and optimization for computing in a massively distributed environment.
  • Social Computing: models, algorithms and systems around social networks, social media, social search and collaborative environments.
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning: learning algorithms, feature generation, and evaluation methods to produce effective online and offline models of behavioral signals.
  • Systems: Hardware, operating system, runtime, and language support for fast, scalable, efficient data centers.
  • Information Retrieval: search algorithms, information extraction, question answering, cross-lingual retrieval and multimedia retrieval

If you or any Ph.D. students you know are interested in applying for the program, the deadlines are quite tight to make sure we can support students in the upcoming year. I’m really looking forward to seeing the applications. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me or email the fellowship list at fellowships AT facebook.com.

14 thoughts on “Introducing Facebook Fellowships

  1. I was pleased to listen to your interview with Jian Gomeshi on CBC radio today regarding the Gross National Happiness project, I was a big fan and daily user of blogdex almost from the ribbon-cutting and was sorry to see it pecked to death by link-spammers.
    It seems to me the happiness dataset has the potential to yield very great insight into the moods of facebook users on an enormous scale. Things like the weather, world news events, and the price of tea in China now become fascinating covariants among a pile of factors limited only, it would seem, by the imagination of the researchers as to the questions asked. It seems to me the status updates are only the tip of the iceberg, although possibly the most robust and reliable, of metrics you might use, and I can see the potential for this to be as powerful as the Neilsen system in terms of monitoring the satisfaction of of a culturally significant sample of the population.
    I have a friend who has spent significant time in Bhutan and I think it’s fantastic that this aspect of the King’s dialogue with his
    people has spread to the evolution of social media and how we see ourselves.
    Namaste.

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