About IBM PhD Fellowship
Strong collaboration with faculty, students and universities is vital to IBM. The IBM PhD Fellowship Program advances this collaboration by recognizing and supporting exceptional PhD students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies.
Focus areas include the following topics of particular interest:
- Hybrid Cloud
- Quantum Computing / Quantum Systems
- Artificial Intelligence
- Cloud / Open Source Technologies
- Security / Cyber Security
- Data Science
Who can apply?
Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member and must be a full-time student in a PhD program over the two consecutive academic years of the award or forfeit their fellowship. Students should have three years remaining in their graduate program at the time of nomination.
For example, nominees that are enrolled in a four year graduate program should have completed two years of their graduate program as of summer 2021 in order to benefit the most. Students from US embargoed countries are not eligible for the program.
Award recipients will be selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their academic progress to – date, as evidenced by publications and endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head.
Students receiving a comparable fellowship or internship from another company or institution (does not include academic scholarships) during the same IBM funded academic period may not be eligible for an IBM PhD Fellowship. The university credential email addresses must be entered in the nomination form.
The 2021 IBM PhD Fellowship begins in the fall semester of 2021 and covers the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years. The associated internship may be a summer assignment in 2021 or 2022, or an on-site assignment during the academic year, depending on the arrangements made between the award recipient and her/his IBM mentor and faculty advisor.
How to apply?
Interested and eligible candidates can apply online via this page.
- Nominations for the 2021 IBM PhD Fellowship Award program will be accepted until October 23, 2020 at 12:00 AM (midnight) US Eastern Time.
- Notification of the results will take place in March of 2021
The faculty advisor must complete the form in one session. We recommend that you read through the entire form first to understand what information is expected, gather the necessary materials and then complete the form. You will be asked to provide information about the student, yourself (the faculty advisor), the department head and university administration.
You will be asked to attach the student’s CV. Correspondence via e-mail is necessary to complete the nomination process and all information provided will be used in connection with the IBM PhD Fellowship program. Input to lengthy fields (such as the department head’s supporting statement) may be provided by copy-and-paste from another document (Word or other text format).
Award recipients will be selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their progress to-date, as evidenced by publications and endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head.