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IBM Global University Program Awards

Supporting research and curriculum innovation.

IBM Global University Programs

Our Mission

IBM Global University Programs’ IBM PhD Fellowship, IBM Masters Fellowship and IBM Academic Awards promote research, innovation, and the building of social, scientific, and technology-based collaboration with universities. The award programs are designed to support a spectrum of university needs: The highly competitive IBM PhD Fellowship Awards provide funding for PhD students in the final years of their PhD program, the IBM Masters Fellowship Awards provide funding for Masters students, while the IBM Academic Awards program provides support ranging from individual faculty to broader areas of emerging science and technology that contain significant interest to the university and IBM.

The IBM PhD Fellowship Awards are nominated through a faculty member at the university to recognize and support exceptional PhD students. The IBM Masters Fellowship Awards are nominated through a faculty member from a historically Black college or university to recognize and support exceptional Masters students. IBM Academic Awards are nominated internally by IBMers in a spirit of collaboration with faculty and ongoing and future initiatives at universities. The IBM Global University Program Awards increase access for universities to IBM technologies for research and in the classroom. Both the IBM PhD Fellowship Awards and the IBM Academic Awards are global programs. How nominators engage with the programs differ. More details can be found both in the tabs above and the links below.


How to Engage

IBM PhD Fellowship Awards

For these awards, professors submit nominations in response to solicited, published program announcements. Eligibility requirements and objectives for each competition are included in the invitation.

IBM Masters Fellowship Awards

For these awards, professors from historically Black colleges and universities in the United States, submit nominations in response to solicited, published program announcements. Eligibility requirements and objectives for each competition are included in the invitation. awards, professors submit nominations in response to solicited, published program announcements. Eligibility requirements and objectives for each competition are included in the invitation.


IBM Academic Awards

These awards support the success of collaborations between university faculty or programs and internal IBM nominators. Nominations for these awards are initiated by an IBM employee, who will assume the role of technical contact, work the nomination through the vetting process, and actively participate if the nomination is successful. IBM employees can use the following link with their Intranet id to log in to the IBM Global University Awards application tool.

IBM Faculty Awards