One part of the department's Microsoft endowment is this Microsoft Recruitment Fund. This is to be used as a recruiting bonus for a particularly outstanding prospective student, an award based solely on merit.

1996-1997, 1997-1998Robert Grimm
1997-1998Amit Aggarwal
 Saurabh Sinha
 Sumeet Sobti
 Manu Thambi
 Robert Grimm
1998-1999, 1999-2000Steve Capell
2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003Maya Rodrig
2005-2006Prasad Raghavendra
2008-2009Hao Du
2009-2016not awarded
2017-2018Xiangyun Meng, Yisu Wang