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IBM PhD Fellowship

The IBM PhD Fellowship Program advances the collaboration between faculties, students, and universities by recognizing and supporting exceptional PhD students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies. 

The two-year IBM PhD Fellowships are awarded worldwide. A fellowship includes a stipend for two academic years, including an education allowance for year one. Fellowship recipients while in school will receive a stipend for living expenses, travel, and to attend conferences. US fellowship recipients will also receive $25,000 toward their education.

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.

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 must be approximately two years from receiving their degree. 

Fields of Study:

  • Business and Law
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • United States
  • Africa
  • Asia & Pacific
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Study


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident
  • Citizen of another country

Program Length:

  • 2 years


  • October 

Special Considerations:

  • Underrepresented racial or ethnic group
  • Female

Degree Level:

  • Graduate


  • Varies by country