I believe that becoming a part of a cutting edge-research community comes with the responsibility to pave way to all — in special to historically underrepresented groups.
Here are some resources that you might find useful in applying to graduate school.
MIT EECS Graduate Assistance Application Program (GAAP)
I was a GAAP mentee when I applied to MIT. Apply for mentorship!
CS PhD Statements of Purpose
A platform hosting statements of purpose from previous applicants to CS PhD programs.
My own Statement of Purpose (used for PhD admission Fall 2021)
Sharing this to help building equitable access to materials like this. I am not claiming this is a good statement. Also goes without saying, but refrain from plagiarizing this statement.
EECS Communication Lab: Article on Graduate School Statements of Purpose
MIT EECS: What faculty members are looking for in a grad school application essay.
Please don't be discouraged to apply if you don't fit into specific descriptions given by faculty! This is just a small window of views on a larger admissions process.
Here are some resources that you might find useful in applying to fellowships.