IBM Ph.D Fellowship Program Awards

IBM Ph.D Fellowship Program Awards

Deadline: October 28, 2014

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. These include: computer science and engineering , electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences , mathematical sciences, public sector and business sciences, and Service Science, Management, and Engineering (SSME).

IBM Research is paying special attention to the following areas of focus for 2015-2016:

  • Technology that creates new business and social value
  • Cognitive Computing research
  • Cloud and distributed computing technology and solutions
  • Fundamental science and technology


  • Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member and enrolled full-time in a college or university Ph.D. program
  • students must have completed at least one year of study in their doctoral program at the time of their nomination (Exception: Students rom Europe and Russia may be nominated in their first year of study in their doctoral program)
  • Preference will be given to students who have had an IBM internship or have closely collaborated with technical or services people from IBM.
  • Students from U.S. embargoed countries are not eligible for the program.
  • Students may not accept a major award in addition to the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship.
  • 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.

Awards & Benefits

  •  Fellows are awarded a stipend for one academic year (students will be informed at the time of the award what the value is for their country/geographic area)
  •  Fellows are matched with an IBM Mentor according to their technical interests, and they are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one internship at IBM while completing their studies. Interns are paid by their host site and will be subject to the prevailing terms and conditions of the internship program at that site

Additional Information

After receiving an award, an Award Recipient may be renominated the following year for consideration to receive another IBM Ph.D. Fellowship, based on the Award Recipient’s continued exceptional academic standing, progress and achievement, and sustained interaction with IBM’s technical community. A student may compete annually and be awarded a maximum of three years. IBM requests that a maximum of two nominations per department be submitted, in addition to any renewal nominations.

Application Process

Faculty Advisors should register online and nominate a student.

For more information, Visit IBM Fellowship or contact [email protected].