IBM PhD Fellowship

Degree Level: Graduate

Enrollment Status: Full-time

Field of Study: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or Social Sci., Business, Law, Education

Location: United States, or International, or Any

Duration: One year, or Multi-year

Deadlines: October. Please check website below for the specific date.


The IBM PhD Fellowship Awards is an intensely competitive program which honors exceptional PhD students in many academic disciplines and areas of study. Additionally, IBM pays special attention to an array of focus areas of interest to IBM and fundamental to innovation. Application by faculty nomination only.

Preference will be given to students who have had an IBM internship or have closely collaborated with technical or services people from IBM. 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.

Visit the IBM PhD Fellowship site. 

Award Details

Amount: Tuition/fees/stipends, plus IBM Mentor, summer internships at IBM

Duration: One nine-month academic year; may recompete up for a total of up to three awards

Degree: PhD candidates, at least one year into program

Fields of Study: Computer science and engineering (including cyber security, cloud, and mobile computing), electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics), mathematical sciences (including analytics of massive scale data with uncertainty, operations research, and optimization), public sector and business sciences (including urban policy and analytics, social technologies, learning systems and cognitive computing), and service science, management, and engineering (SSME).