Meta Fellowship


USC Meta Center for Research and Education in AI & Learning

A joint effort by the The USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Meta, the REAL@USC-Meta Center tackles the scaling and sustainability aspects of AI/ML systems as these technologies are deployed for solving planetary-scale challenges. To this end, the Center aims to advance the understanding of how AI algorithms interact with hardware, and to use this understanding in the design of energy efficient and open-source AI/ML systems of the future. Alongside open-source technology initiatives, the center will include initiatives to advance AI education equitably into the future.

Producing consequential research will be coupled with rigorous educational training. The center, leveraging the research strength of the Electrical & Computer Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering departments, will train a new generation of students who understand both the technical and the societal impacts of this important and pervasive new technology.

Master's Fellowship

Selection Process
All U.S. citizens or permanent residents who apply for a master’s degree in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering or the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering will be considered for the Meta Fellowship if they apply by the graduate application deadline. Eligible and academically outstanding candidates will be invited to submit supplementary materials including video interviews to become scholarship finalists. Final awardees are selected by a faculty committee and approved by Meta partners.
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Fellowship Eligibility
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Student should be interested in AI algorithms and systems
  • Applicants must be applying to a new master's program within the Electrical and Computer Engineering or Industrial and Systems Engineering departments at USC
  • Students must be applying for a master's degree on-campus (DEN@Viterbi students are ineligible)
  • USC undergraduates applying to the Progressive Degree Program (PDP) in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Industrial and Systems Engineering departments at USC are eligible
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Award Amount
  • Fellowship may cover up to the full amount of tuition and fees as determined by the scholarship committee
Additional Opportunities
  • Invitation to participate in bi-annual USC-Meta workshops
  • Ability to participate in research projects
  • Mentoring options with USC faculty and senior PhD students
  • Be an active participant in this Industry-Academic partnership through internships and regular interactions

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Published on February 24th, 2022

Last updated on October 10th, 2023