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University Awards

Supporting research, curriculum
innovation, and educational assistance

IBM Global University Programs

About the program

The IBM Faculty Awards is a competitive worldwide program intended to:

Foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations.

Promote curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM.

Faculty Awards are cash awards granted annually. The current maximum award to any one recipient is 40,000 USD per year. IBM Faculty Awards are not contracts and no intellectual property rights are stipulated as part of a Faculty Award. We strongly encourage all work to be placed in the public domain.


qualify for this internationally competitive award

To qualify for this internationally competitive award, the nominee must be a full-time professor at an accredited university that has a Ph.D. or MBA program in the nominee's field. Candidates must have an outstanding reputation for contributions in their field or, in the case of junior faculty, show unusual promise.


IBM does not accept unsolicited requests or proposals for faculty Awards. An IBM employee with common interests and who will serve as liaison for the collaboration must nominate candidates. Awardees may be nominated for a renewal, going through the same competition as the initial nomination. The nominee and technical contact will jointly fill out a short form, collecting contact information and a brief description of the project.

If you are interested in pursuing a nomination for a Faculty Award, we recommend that you speak with your IBM employee contacts in the development, research, or services organizations. If there is a mutual interest in research collaboration or curriculum development, your IBM contact can seek sponsorship and initiate a nomination for you.