IBM PhD Fellowship Program


The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program honors exceptional Ph.D. students in an array of focus areas of interest to IBM and fundamental to innovation, including: 1) Business value: services and software to improve business performance. 2) Infrastructure value: hardware, software and services integrated into an open computing environment. 3) Exploratory Computing Technology. The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program also supports our long-standing commitment to workforce diversity. IBM values diversity in the workplace and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to that diversity.


Students must be nominated by a faculty member. They must be enrolled full-time in a college or university Ph.D. program, and they should have completed at least one year of study in their doctoral program at the time of their nomination. Nominations are welcome from students of all nationalities.

Award Amount

Fellows are awarded tuition, fees, and a stipend of $17,500 (US) for one academic year. Fellowships are awarded annually but may compete annually to be renewed for up to three years.Fellows are matched with an IBM Mentor according to their technical interests, and they are encouraged to intern at an IBM research or development laboratory under their Mentor's guidance. An IBM ThinkPad is awarded during the internship.