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Applications open for IBM 2020 Two-Year Worldwide IBM PhD Fellowship

(27 September 2019)

IBM is one of our strategic partners. Strong collaboration with universities is vital to IBM and their PhD Fellowship Program advances this collaboration by recognising and supporting exceptional PhD students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies. For more program details and FAQs please visit the IBM website. For advice and connections directly to IBM please email


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

The 2020 IBM PhD Fellowship

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.

Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member and must be enrolled as a full-time student in an academic PhD program.

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.

All IBM PhD Fellowship awardees are matched with an IBM mentor according to their technical interests and are encouraged to participate in an internship at least once while completing their studies. Students receiving a comparable fellowship or internship from another company or institution during the same academic period may not be eligible for an IBM PhD Fellowship.

IBM has received many outstanding and exceptional candidates from universities all over the world in the past and encourage universities to submit nominations until late October 2019.

The IBM PhD Fellowship program also supports IBM's long-standing commitment to workforce diversity and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to that diversity.

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