Now Facebook Fellowship, then Facebook University?

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Facebook announced the Facebook Fellowship Program to support Ph.D. students in the 2010-2011 school year, to help the Palo Alto company in dealing with the social web and Internet technology challenges (and maybe, a way to find future hires?). Full-time Ph.D. students who are enrolled in U.S. universities and working on research in the following topical areas qualify to apply for one of five fellowships.

Specifically:

  • Internet Economics: auction theory and algorithmic game theory relevant to online advertising auctions.
  • Cloud Computing: storage, databases, and optimization for computing in a massively distributed environment.
  • Social Computing: models, algorithms and systems around social networks, social media, social search and collaborative environments.
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning: learning algorithms, feature generation, and evaluation methods to produce effective online and offline models of behavioral signals.
  • Systems: Hardware, operating system, runtime, and language support for fast, scalable, efficient data centers.
  • Information Retrieval: search algorithms, information extraction, question answering, cross-lingual retrieval and multimedia retrieval.

[via Inside Facebook]

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