INTERNAL DEADLINE for 2023-2024: TBD upon competition announcement

The IBM PhD Fellowship is a 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. Submitted applications should concentrate in one of the following IBM Focus Areas: Hybrid Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Security, Quantum Computing, or Responsible and Inclusive Technology. A full elaboration of these areas is available on the IBM fellowship website.

The university is limited to four nominations each year.


Faculty must submit nominations to Kevin Doherty ( by the internal deadline. Faculty are encouraged to contact an IBM colleague prior to submitting the nomination to assure mutual interest.

Consult the fellowship application form for a full elaboration of application requirements.


A committee comprised of faculty from eligible divisions will review all submitted nominations. Students and nominating faculty will then be notified whether they have been selected as one of the university’s four nominees and will receive further instructions in time to submit final applications by the funder deadline.


All students:

  • must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member; students cannot nominate themselves.
  • must be enrolled full-time in a PhD program over the academic year of the award or forfeit the fellowship.
  • should have two years remaining in their program at the time of nomination so the fellowship can be applied to the last two years of study.
  • that are from U.S. embargoed countries are not eligible for the program.
  • that are receiving a comparable fellowship, internship, or support from another company or institution (except for academic scholarships) during the IBM PhD Fellowship funding period are ineligible for this award
  • must stay in the same program for the duration of the award —no transferring of departments or schools.


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