CRNCH PhD Fellowships - Deadline July 21, 2020

Applications for CRNCH Fellowships are invited from PhD students to promote research related to novel computing paradigms and hierarchies. For decades, stored program architectures (predominantly Von Neumann model of computing)  have been the foundation of computing systems, but as the demands for performance (speed, real time responsiveness, code size, and energy consumption), reliability, trust, security and privacy grow, going beyond such traditional models is imperative. This necessitates rethinking the complete hardware and software stack. CRNCH aims to promote this goal through the involvement of outstanding Georgia Tech PhD students engaged in CRNCH-related research.


  • Please submit your application here.
  • Fall 2020 Deadlines: July 21st, 2020 11:59 pm, ET
  • Final award decisions will be made by August 10th, 2020

Eligibility and amount

  • The award will be for one semester duration - Fall 2020. Additional awards are anticipated in following semesters.  The award amount will support half of a standard 50% GRA appointment (the other half must be supported by the advisor). We anticipate making at least two fellowship awards in Fall 2020, and additional awards in later semesters. 
  • Students must be at least in their second year and have an official PhD advisor. It is recommended that the student has performed research for two or more years with their PhD advisor and be in good standing, as of Spring 2020. 
  • The student should not undertake a TA assignment in Fall 2020. 
  • Areas of interest include but are not limited to: Hardware and software aspects of future computing directions, including heterogeneous (e.g., GPU, FPGA, or TPU), analog computing, approximate and probabilistic computing, neuromorphic computing, computing based on novel device physics and materials (e.g., spin-based electronics, nonlinear dynamics and chaos); energy-efficient computing including reversible and adiabatic computing; quantum computing; optical computing; biological and biochemical computing; Non-von Neumann computer architectures, such as in-memory processing, memory-based computing, cellular automata, or cellular neural networks. Hardware explorations could include novel architectures while software explorations can be focused on software stacks, simulations, and tooling needed to implement future systems.

Application details

  • A complete application must include the following:
    • A two (min) to four (max) page research project description with an abstract.  A standard-two column format like the IEEE two column format is recommended.  There is no page limit for the bibliography.
    • A brief CV (max 2 pages) 
    • Unofficial transcript from Georgia Tech
    • Advisor letter of support that advocates novelty of research, its impact and student’s strengths (maximum one page) 
  • All documents must be provided in PDF format, and uploaded using the form located here.

Post-completion requirements

  • Present a research poster at the CRNCH Summit on January 28, 2021 to obtain feedback from internal and external attendees.
  • Submit a final report in the form of a draft of a publication quality paper by March 31, 2021 (6-8 pages in two-column format, including references) for feedback on the research and connections with related work at Georgia Tech.
  • Give a talk in the comparch-seminar series in the Spring 2021 semester to help prepare for submission to a top-tier publication venue.

Review Process

  • All the submissions will be reviewed based on novelty and potential impact by a CRNCH review committee chaired by Santosh Pande (CoC) and Jennifer Hasler (ECE)
  • Review feedback will be given to all applicants (awardees as well as non-awardees).  Feedback to non-awardees will include tips for improving the submission for a future semester.