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Concept Paper and Faculty Endorsement

To apply for this fellowship, the graduate student will need to receive an endorsement from their primary faculty advisor and complete the application by October 15, 2021 (faculty advisors are limited to endorsing one student per application cycle and hosting one Bits & Watts fellow at a time). 

Faculty advisors, please submit letters of recommendation for the student you are endorsing by October 15, 2021. 

Submit letters of recomendation here

Graduate student applicant, please submit your full application by October 15, 2021.

Submit Application Here

Full Application Submission Instructions

Submitted by recommendedgraduate student applicant.

  1. Your Project Proposal:  3-page limit with font size no smaller than 11 point. The page limit includes the text, figures, tables, and references.
    1. The proposal should outline:
      1. The cyber security challenge your project addresses
      2. Your solution
      3. The potential impact of your solution
      4. The current status of the research (what has been demonstrated to date)
      5. Your research plan
      6. A research timeline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide target metrics for the project (e.g. performance, scale, efficiency, etc.) and justify why meeting these targets will enable an impactful application.
      7. What the future trajectory of this work might be beyond the term of the fellowship.
  2. Unofficial Stanford transcript (downloaded from Axess)
  3. 1-page Bio-sketch or 1-page CV (with relevant publications listed)
  4. Budget for up to two years. Download the budget template here. (requested award amount can include graduate student salary/stipend of $12,410/quarter, tuition, fringe, and $5k of research support)

Submitted by the primary faculty advisor and second recommender

  1. Letter of recommendation from primary faculty advisor (PI).
  2. A second letter of recommendation – optional, but encouraged.

Incomplete applications or applications from scholars who do not meet the fellowship guidelines will not be reviewed. Applicants are expected to ensure that they meet all eligibility criteria and follow the application procedures.