Graduate Fellowship Program

The Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship

The selection process for the 2016 Fellowship has come to a close (award winners are listed below). Symantec will be accepting applications for the 2017 Fellowship in the fall of 2016, with award decisions being made in January 2017.
Graduate Fellowship Program 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.

Provisions of the Award

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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.

Required Application Information

Applications should be submitted as a single compressed file (.zip file) and 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 separately and confidentially.
Incomplete applications cannot be considered, and we cannot guarantee notification of incompleteness. Please make sure applications are complete.

Application Dates and Process

  • 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 2nd, 2016 (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: SRLFellowship@Symantec.com 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: SRLFellowship@Symantec.com

Meet the 2016 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Winners

  • Brendan D. Saltaformaggio, Purdue University, USA
  • Kyle J. Soska, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Meet the 2015 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Winners

  • Bo Li, Vanderbilt University, USA
  • George Amvrosiadis, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Mevlut Turker Garip, University of California Los Angeles, USA

Meet the 2014 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Winners

  • Acar Tamersoy, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Ioannis Alagiannis, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Yan Li, University of California Santa Cruz, USA

Meet the 2013 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Winners

  • Kai Ren, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Christian Rossow, VU University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Meet the 2012 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Winners

  • Ang Cui, Columbia University, USA
  • Chi-Yao Hong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Gianluca Stringhini, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
  • Giorgos Vasiliadis, University of Crete, Greece

Meet the 2011 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Winners

  • Prateek Saxena, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Jiyong Jang, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Leyla Bilge, Institute Eurecom, France

Meet the 2010 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Winners

  • Martim Carbone, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Xin Hu, University of Michigan, USA

Meet the 2009 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Winners

  • Kevin Butler, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Marco Cova, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
  • Polo Chau, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Meet the 2008 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Winners

  • Polo Chau, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Junghee Lim, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Meet the 2007 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Winners

  • David Brumley, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Jack Lange, Northwestern University, USA
  • Justin Ma, University of California, San Diego, USA