2016-17 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program

2016-17 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program

Deadline: October 27, 2015

Starting September 18th, IBM will begin accepting nominations for the IBM Ph.D Fellowship. 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 of interest to IBM and which are fundamental to innovation including, innovative software, new types of computers, technology, and interdisciplinary projects that create social and business value.

IBM Research is paying special attention to the following areas of focus:

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


  • Stipend: The IBM Ph.D. Fellowships are awarded worldwide. IBM Ph.D. Fellows are awarded a stipend for one academic year. Fellowships vary by country/geographic area, and the students will be informed at the time of the award what the value is for their country/geographic area.
  • Mentorship: All IBM Ph.D. 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. IBM is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Renomination: 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.


  • Nominations are welcome for students of all nationalities.
  • Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member. The faculty member is encouraged to contact an IBM colleague prior to submitting the nomination to assure mutual interest.
  • Students from Europe and Russia may be nominated in their first year of study in their doctoral program. Outside of Europe and Russia, students must have completed at least one year of study in their doctoral program at the time of their nomination.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens who wish to participate in an internship in the U.S. must obtain work authorization under the specifics of their particular visa. Students from U.S. embargoed countries are not eligible for the program.

Nomination Process

All nominations for the IBM Ph.D Fellowship must be submitted by faculty electronically over the Web on a standardized form to facilitate an open and uniform competition. Fellowship nomination forms will be available here starting September 18, 2015

For more information visit IBM University Awards, FAQs or e-mail [email protected].