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It’s time to nominate your doctoral students for the 2017-2018 academic year IBM Ph.D. Fellowship program!

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program that honors exceptional doctoral 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 academic disciplines and areas of study include: computer science and engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics), mathematical sciences (including big data analytics, operations research, and optimization), public sector and business sciences (including urban policy and analytics, social technologies, learning systems and cognitive computing), Service Science, Management, and Engineering (SSME), and industry solutions (healthcare, life sciences, education, energy & environment, retail and financial services). Additional details are in the attached poster.

Nominations are due by Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Be sure to review the updated program scope before submitting.

All supporting documents for the fellowship, such as student’s resume, and endorsement by the department head as well as the nominator’s recommendation must be included in the nomination form. We ask that each department submit no more than two new nominations (in addition to any existing fellowship nominations to compete for a renewal). Students from Europe and Russia may be nominated in their first year of study in their doctoral program. Outside of Europe and Russia students must have completed at least one year of study in their doctoral program at the time of their nomination. Students from U.S. embargoed countries are not eligible for the program.

Award recipients will be finalized in early March, 2017 followed by emails to all participants.

IBM Ph.D. Fellows are awarded a stipend for the academic year 2017-2018. Fellowships vary by country/geographic area and the student will be informed at the time of the award what the value is for their country/geographic area. All IBM Ph.D. Fellows are matched with an IBM Mentor according to their technical interests, and they are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship at least once while completing their studies. While students may accept other supplemental fellowships, to be eligible for the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship they may not accept a major award in addition to the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. Students in Europe and Russia may accept government scholarships and remain eligible for the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship.

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