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2021 Twitch Research Fellowship

Aug 4 2020

Now in its second year (learn about last year’s winners here), the Twitch Research Fellowship program is designed to support doctoral students engaged in innovative and impactful research within a variety of fields relevant to Twitch!

If you are an eligible doctoral student during the 2020-2021 academic year (see eligibility criteria below), we invite you to apply for a $10,000 award prize, and a paid visit to present your research at Twitch HQ (or virtually, if conditions don’t permit travel) for our Science Team and CEO, Emmett Shear. We will connect Fellows with a member of the Twitch Science team who can serve as a mentor through the academic year; for Fellows eligible for employment in the US, we are also eager to explore the potential for internship opportunities at Twitch.

Twitch believes in fostering a diverse, global community. We highly encourage students from traditionally under-represented minority groups to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

Application Materials

Applications will be evaluated based on the strength of the student’s research statement, publication record, and recommendation letters.

Applications must include the following:

Research Areas

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Applications will be open starting on September 1, 2020. You can apply by emailing the application materials listed above to fellowship-apps-2021@twitch.tv. Please ensure that your application contains all of the materials listed above, and please include your name and institution in the title of your email. We ask applicants to submit only once, so please ensure that your materials are completed and finalized before submitting. If you prefer to have your recommenders submit letters directly on your behalf, please instruct them to send these to the same email address listed above, with your name and institution clearly stated in the title.

What are the important dates for this program?

Am I still eligible if I already have research funding?

Yes. However, if you are selected to receive the award, it is your responsibility to check with your existing funding source(s) to ensure that accepting the award will not impact your current support. In addition, it is your responsibility to ensure that accepting this award will not conflict with any of the rules or regulations of your university or local government.

Are there restrictions on how funds can be used?

Funds will be disbursed as an unrestricted gift to the student or the student’s current academic advisor. Applications should provide some explanation of how funds will be used to support the research activities described in the application. While this clearly includes costs associated with hardware, software, and data collection, we encourage applicants to consider other ways in which this funding could support their research, including conference travel, publication expenses, and childcare costs. You are responsible for any and all taxes that may be imposed with respect to the funds.

Will Twitch provide data to awarded students?

Twitch will not provide external access to data. Any data collected by students for external research activities must comply with both Twitch’s terms and policies and the institution’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). During the period of a Twitch internship, however, interns may be granted access to internal data sources. Researchers can, of course, make use of Twitch’s APIs to collect data as long as data collection complies with Twitch’s terms and policies, including the Developer Agreement.

How many Fellowships will Twitch award?

Twitch does not have a predetermined number of Fellowships that it intends to give out. Each application will be considered based on the novelty of the research, its relevance to Twitch and its business, and confidence that the proposed research can be completed.

Is the internship a required or guaranteed component of the Fellowship?

We would be delighted for Fellows, where possible, to join us for an internship at Twitch, where they will have the opportunity to apply their research to solving large-scale problems in a fast-paced, industry environment. We will endeavor to match Fellows with relevant teams at Twitch to explore areas of research that are relevant to current challenges at Twitch, while still pushing forward the Fellow’s larger research program; if such a mutual project fit can be found, we will move forward with an internship. We recognize that some students may have constraints, such as concerns about work authorization, which may prohibit them from participating in an internship. As such, we do not require students to commit to an internship in order to accept the Fellowship award.

What if I have questions about the Fellowship that aren’t answered here?

For any questions about the Fellowship or other research programs at Twitch, please send us an email at research-program-support@twitch.tv.

Rules and Regulations

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C. and Canada (ex. Quebec), 18 years of age or older, enrolled as full-time PhD students at an accredited U.S. or CA university for  ’21-’22 academic year involved in research in an Approved Field.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Submission Period: 9/1/20 at 12:01 am PT – 10/23/20 at 11:59 pm PT.  To enter: submit (i) 200-500 word summary of research project that the entrant will conduct as part of PhD program; (ii) resume or CV with relevant coursework; and (iii) two (2) letters of recommendation (one from current academic advisor) to [fellowship-apps-2021@twitch.tv] before the end of the Submission Period. See the Official Rules [link] for additional eligibility restrictions, how to enter, prize descriptions/restrictions, entry periods and complete details. Sponsor: Twitch Interactive, Inc., 350 Bush Street, San Francisco, California 94104.

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