Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship

Published: October 9th, 2015

Category: Funding Opportunities


Symantec is accepting applications for the 2016 Fellowship Program. Award decisions will be made in January 2016.

Symantec will award Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Graduate Fellowships to outstanding Ph.D. students who meet the eligibility criteria listed below. A key goal of the program is to fund innovative research that has real-world value, in areas where Symantec conducts business. We are soliciting applications for the following areas:
* Next Generation Security: security and cryptography in the areas of mobile computing, data center, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, web, big data analytics, networks, information security, etc.
* Cloud platforms and application security: address challenges in securing public/private Cloud infrastructure (at various granularities, including network, host, VM, app containers, etc.), provide next-gen protection for Cloud applications and services, collect, analyze, and act upon security-related Cloud telemetry.
* Machine learning and data mining: including predictive analytics and anomaly detection, in support of the security, cloud, and systems areas mentioned above.


The SRL Graduate Fellowship provides up to $20,000 USD that may be used to cover one year of the student’s tuition fees and to reimburse expenses incurred by the student to engage into research collaboration with Symantec, such as conference registration fees, travel expenses, hardware, etc. If the fellowship is to cover tuition, this portion of the award will be made through the university.
Award recipients are strongly encouraged to take a separate salaried internship with Symantec that we plan to offer to all fellowship recipients. Interns will usually work directly with Symantec Research Labs at one of our locations (Culver City, CA, USA; Mountain View, CA, USA; Herndon, VA, USA; Dublin, Ireland; Sophia-Antipolis, France) or with another group within Symantec. Each recipient is paired with a mentor from Symantec. A mentor is a top researcher or engineer who can provide ongoing technical guidance on the recipient’s research during graduate training as well as during an internship at Symantec.


* Applying students must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
* Preference will be given to students with a desire to work in an industrial research lab and those working on innovative research projects in areas related to Symantec’s businesses such as security, cloud computing, virtualization, machine learning, data mining, etc.
* Recipients will also be selected based on their overall potential for research excellence and their academic progress to date as evidenced by publications.

Incomplete applications cannot be considered, and we cannot guarantee notification of incompleteness. Please make sure applications are complete. Applications must include the following:
* Resume or C.V.
* Personal statement of research interests not to exceed 500 words. Applicants are strongly encouraged to articulate the value and novelty of their research.
* Two letters of recommendation from professors or industry researchers who can evaluate the applicant’s scientific aptitude and potential for research. Letters of recommendation may be sent confidentially.

* Fellowship applications, including Resumes or C.V.’s, personal statements of research, and letters of recommendation, must be received no later than 5:00pm on December 4th, 2015 (Pacific Time Zone).
* As part of the application process, some candidates may be contacted for telephone interviews.
* Final award decisions will be announced in January 2016.
* Applications and letters of recommendation may be sent to us in the following ways: Email to: or Mail to: Attn. Darren Shou, SRL Fellowship, 900 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230


Please direct any additional questions about the Symantec Graduate Fellowship Program to: