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Explainer: 5 Tips for Facebook Fellowship Successful Application

The 2023 Facebook Fellowship Program for International Students application is open for interested candidates. 

Winners of the Fellowship are entitled to receive two years of paid tuition and fees, a $42,000 annual stipend to cover living costs, various opportunities to engage with Meta researchers, and an invitation to the annual Fellowship Summit.

Full details and method of application for the 2023 Facebook Fellowship Program for International Students here 

In this article, Scholarship Region has complied 5 Tips applicants should take for a Successful Application. 

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Applicants should note that each year, Facebook research teams have always face  the task of reviewing thousands of high-quality applications from bright and passionate PhD students.

For this year’s round of applications, Facebook had connected with some of the research team to discuss what they look for in an application and what advice they would give to prospective applicants.

Scholarship Region would be drawing from their experience reading hundreds of research statements, CVs, and letters of recommendation which was supplied to Facebook to came up with the following five tips.

Tip 1: Communicate Clearly on your Research

Applicants are expected to come up with a write-up on their research proposal. This write-up is expected to communicate some key impact, such as;

  • tackling real problems with novel solutions,
  • explaining the problem and its importance,
  • focusing on the novelty of the proposed solution compared to past work, and
  • forming concrete steps that show results within a two- to three-year time frame.

Tip 2: Focus on how you frame your Research Statement

Applicants should note that the Framing [of your research statement] matters for a successful application.

Consider the following guidelines when framing your proposals;

  • What is the problem?
  • Why is it important?
  • Why is it not solved yet?
  • What is the shape of your proposed solution?
  • How is your research addressing the problem?

It is very important to understand very clearly the potential relevance to Facebook’s business over the short, mid, and long term.

Tip 3: Do some research on Facebook challenges before writing 

Applicants are expected to take time to understand Facebook’s challenges within their research domain and write down which applications could benefit from their knowledge.

It is also important for reviewers to understand how you would benefit from being a Facebook Fellow and how Facebook will influence your academic career.


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Tip 4: Review, Refine and clarify your writings 

Reviewers read through lots of applications. In order for an application to stand out, it should keep things simple and clear.

Avoid the deep-throat  details and stick to high-level descriptions: the Research statements shouldn’t go into too much technical detail but provide a clear description of why the research is critical and innovative.

On refining the information in your Fellowship application, the summary of your work should be very clear, and objectives should be included in your abstracts so that your research interests will be understood.

Tip 5: Confirm that your write-up communicates well

It’s important to check for readability to make sure reviewers can easily understand what you are trying to convey.

Although, the research itself matters way more than grammar, however, if reviewers can not fully understand what they are reading, then they can not appreciate the research.

The Facebook Fellowship program is open to PhD students from anywhere in the world. Applicants who are not completely fluent in English may need to take an extra step.

Many applicants have a brilliant idea, however got rejected because they were unable to present and express the idea fluently and effectively.

To avoid this type of situation, share your statement with someone who can specifically check for language. Doing this will help ensure that your brilliant ideas get communicated effectively.

For a successful applications of the 2023 Facebook Fellowship Program for International Students, applicants should ensure they communicate impact, focus on framing of research statements, do some research, refine and clarify, and check for readability. 

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