IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program 2020/2021 for PhD Students Worldwide (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: October 24, 2019

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. Focus areas include the following topics of particular interest:

AI / Cognitive Computing
Cloud / Open Source
Data Science
Internet of Things
Quantum Computing
Security / Cyber Security

IBM created the PhD Fellowship program in the 1950’s to recognize and support outstanding graduate students.

The IBM PhD Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional PhD students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. This includes pioneering work in: cognitive computing and augmented intelligence; quantum computing; blockchain; data-centric systems; advanced analytics; security; radical cloud innovation; next-generation silicon (and beyond); and brain-inspired devices and infrastructure.

The 2020 two-year IBM PhD Fellowships are awarded worldwide. A fellowship includes a stipend for two academic years (2020-2021 and 2021-2022) and, in the US, an education allowance for year one (2020-2021).


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 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 2020 in order to benefit the most.

Students from US embargoed countries are not eligible for the program.

Award recipients will be selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their academic progress to-date, as evidenced by publications and endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head.

Students receiving a comparable fellowship or internship from another company or institution (does not include academic scholarships) during the same IBM funded academic period may not be eligible for an IBM PhD Fellowship.


In the US, fellowship recipients while in school will receive a stipend for living expenses, travel, and to attend conferences ($35,000 for 2020-2021 and $35,000 for 2021-2022). US fellowship recipients will also receive $25,000 toward their education in 2020-2021.

Outside the US, fellowship recipients while in school will receive a competitive stipend for living expenses, travel, and to attend conferences for the two academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Fellowship stipends vary by 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.

Nominate your PhD student for an IBM PhD Fellowship Award

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program 2020

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