Google launches Ph.D. fellowship program in Taiwan

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TAIPEI (CNA) — American technology giant Google announced Wednesday that it is launching a Ph.D. fellowship program in Taiwan which will offer financial support and research mentorship to students in computer science and related fields.

The one-year fellowships will provide a US$10,000 (NT$299,000) research and travel stipend, and will match fellows with a Google mentor to guide them in their area of research, Google Taiwan Managing Director Ma Ta-kang (馬大康) said in a blog post on the company’s website.

Applications for the fellowships are being accepted through June 30, and are open to Ph.D. candidates at accredited Taiwanese universities, Ma said.

According to Ma, the fellowships are a part of the Google University Relations Program, which was founded in 2007 and expanded to East Asia in 2009.

The program, which also organizes academic conferences and university campus visits, seeks to inspire talented computer science students in their areas of research and help them build contacts within the industry, he said.

While the program in Taiwan is currently only open to Ph.D. students, the company is planning to launch a travel grant initiative, which will be available to university students of all levels, Ma said.

According to the Google University Relations website, the company will award up to eight Ph.D. fellowships in 2020 to students in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.