IBM PhD Fellowship Award

The IBM PhD Fellowship Award program is awarded on annual basis. Students from all over the world are welcome to apply. All participants must be nominated by their own faculty member. The winning fellows will receive a range of benefits including be mentored by an IBMer in order to collaborate on a research or technology project and are strongly encouraged to do an internship during the first or second year of their award.

Scholarship Description
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. 

Since the creation of the IBM PhD Fellowship Program in 1951, we have supported thousands of PhD students. The program seeks to increase the number of under-represented minority students in the referenced science topics of interest by encouraging a diverse applicant pool.

Award Value
The expected benefits as follow:

  • US country awards: $60,000 in award year one; $35,000 in award year two. Other country awards: vary between $6,000-$25,000 each award year depending on country.
  • All IBM PhD Fellowship awardees will be mentored by an IBMer in order to collaborate on a research or technology project for the duration of the award period and are strongly encouraged to do an internship during the first or second year of their award.

Level and Area of Studies
PhD program focusing on Hybrid Cloud, Quantum Computing / Quantum Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud / Open Source Technologies, Security / Cyber Security and Data Science Systems.

Place of study
At an institution in the United States.

Eligibility and Requirement
Nominations are welcome for students of all nationalities. Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member. 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. Non-US Citizens who wish to participate in an internship in the US must obtain work authorization under the specifics of their visa. Students from US embargoed countries are not eligible for the program.

Application Instruction
Please see the detail instruction of application procedure at the link below.

Submission Deadline
Nominations for the annual IBM PhD Fellowship program begin the 3rd week of September and are accepted for 5 weeks. Notification of nominee status takes place in March of the following year.

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