Microsoft Research Fellowship Program 2021

Microsoft has started accepting applications for Microsoft Research Fellowship Program for the year 2021.

➥About the Program

 The Research Fellows program exposes bright, young minds in India to world-class research and state-of-the-art technology.

The program prepares students for careers in research, engineering, as well as entrepreneurship.

MSR India has some of the best researchers pushing the frontiers of computer science and technology.

➥Roles & Responsibilities

RFs spend 1 to 2 years at MSR India. Different projects require a different combination of skills.

Current and past RFs have worked on:

  • Solving deep theoretical problems
  • Pushing the boundaries of AI
  • Designing new programming languages
  • Fieldwork in rural India
  • Prototyping communication and sensing hardware
  • Building software systems

Regardless, they all consistently aim to create academic, industry, and societal impact.


Candidates should have completed their bachelor’s (BE/BTech/BS) or master’s degree (ME/MTech/MS) in Computer Science (or related areas) by Summer 2021. 

Microsoft evaluates candidates on a combination of factors including academic performance, raw smarts, development skills, and passion for research and software development.

➥Application process

Attachment 1: Research Fellow Interest Form

Please download this text file and fill it out: RF Interest Form. Instructions are provided in the file. Upload the filled file as the first attachment.

Attachment 2: Statement of Purpose

Please briefly (one or two paragraphs) answer the following questions in your statement of purpose and upload it as the second attachment.

1.Briefly summarize one of the projects (or multiple closely related projects) that you have worked on. Describe your process of thinking through the steps you took in working on the project.

2.Why do you want to apply for the MSRI RF program? If you wish, you may also highlight specific projects or researchers whose work interest you.

3.What, if any, are your career goals for the future? Describe a problem that you feel needs attention, and what do you see as the broad directions to approaching it.


  • Industry-leading healthcare
  • Opportunities to network and connect
  • Giving programs
  • Discounts on products and services


The Deadline to apply for this program is: January 15, 2021Apply Now

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