IBM Masters Fellowship Awards

Supporting research and innovation

About the program

Strong collaboration with faculty, students and universities is vital to IBM. The IBM Masters Fellowship Program advances this collaboration by recognizing and supporting exceptional Masters students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies, regardless of their field of study. Candidates may currently be enrolled in Masters programs in the sciences, arts, nursing, business, law among a few with focus areas in the following topics of particular interest:

  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Cybersecurity
  • Semiconductors
  • Artificial Intelligence

In the 4th year of the IBM Masters Fellowship, the program seeks to increase the number of underepresented minority students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the referenced science topics of interest by encouraging a diverse applicant pool from historically Black colleges and universities, in the United States.

Program Details

IBM PhD Fellowships

The one-year IBM Masters Fellowships are awarded to students from historically Black colleges and universities in the United States.

US country award: $10,000 in a single award year

The IBM Masters Fellowship Awards nomination period is closed. Check back on this page periodically for the next program announcement.


Students must be nominated by a faculty member and must be a full-time student in a Masters program. Students should have at least 6 months remaining in their graduate program at the time of nomination. Award recipients will be selected based on their overall potential for excellence, the degree to which their interests align with those of IBM, and their academic progress to-date, as evidenced by endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head. Students receiving a comparable fellowship, internship, or support from another company or institution (except for academic scholarships) during the IBM Masters Fellowship funding period are ineligible for this award. IBM reserves the right to revoke nominee’s eligibility and withdraw the funding of the Masters award upon knowledge of such award. The university credential email addresses must be entered in the nomination form.

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