We began the Facebook Fellowship Program in 2010 to foster ties to the academic community and support the research of promising computer science Ph.D. students. Since then, our Fellows have shown remarkable progress in their study of computer security, compiler technology, distributed systems, machine learning, and more. Because of our past winners’ great successes, we decided to more than double the number of Fellowships for the 2012-2013 program.

After considering nearly 300 applications, we are excited to announce the 2012-2013 Facebook Fellowship winners. We are confident that each of this year’s Fellows will continue to solve many of the exciting and challenging problems inherent at our scale. Highlights of this year’s Fellowship research topics include data storage, mobile computing, and programming language technologies.

To facilitate their work, we have awarded each Fellow full payment for their 2012-2013 tuition, a $30,000 stipend to cover study expenses, $5,000 for conference travel, and $2,500 for a personal computer. We will also invite all Fellows to visit Facebook later this year to meet with engineers working on problems relevant to each Fellow’s research.

Thank you to everyone who submitted applications this year. We received hundreds of strong applications, and after many reviews by our academics and engineering leadership, we’ve selected our 12 winners and 30 finalists. Meet the winners on the Facebook Engineering page and check out an overview of their research, as well as what inspired them to pursue it. We congratulate all our winners and finalists for their hard work and compelling ideas.