Frequently Asked Questions about the Fatima Fellowship
Q: What is the Fatima Fellowship?
A: The Fatima Fellowship is an international mentorship program for aspiring researchers in computer science. It is designed to provide participants with research experience and guidance in preparing strong applications for PhD programs in computer science and machine learning.
Q: How long is the program?
A: The program is a 9-month program, starting in April and ending approximately in December/January.
Q: Who is eligible to apply for the program?
A: Students from anywhere in the world who are planning on applying to PhD programs in computer science or machine learning in the United States or Europe are eligible to apply. Additionally, applicants should have completed at least three years of undergraduate study in computer science or a related field, and have a strong academic record.
Q: Must applicants be currently enrolled in school?
A: No applicants do not have to be currently enrolled, if they have already completed undergraduate or Master's programs. They should not be currently enrolled in PhD programs.
Q: Is the program free?
A: Yes, the program is free for all participants.
Q: What kind of research projects will participants work on?
A: Participants will work on research projects in computer science and machine learning, under the guidance of current PhD students or researchers. The specific projects will depend on the research interests of the mentors and the skills and interests of the participants.
Q: What are the benefits of participating in the program?
A: Participants in the program will gain valuable research experience and mentorship, which can help them prepare strong applications for PhD programs. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to network with other aspiring researchers and with mentors who are currently pursuing PhDs or working as researchers. Finally, applicants will receive feedback on their PhD applications and statements of purpose as they apply to PhD programs.
Q: How do I apply for the program?
A: Applications for the program are due in the spring or early summer, with the program starting in the fall. Applicants will need to submit an application form, academic transcripts, a resume or CV, and complete exercises to gauge their readiness to participate in a research Fellowship.
Q: How are participants selected for the program?
A: Selection for the program is based on academic background, evidence of communication ability, and competency demonstrated through the exercise. In addition, factors such as the geographic location may be considered to prioritize applicants who do onot currently have access to other research opportunities. Applicants may also be asked to participate in an interview with a potential mentor.
Q: Will participants receive academic credit for their work in the program?
A: Participants will not receive academic credit for their work in the program