Fellowship Opportunities

PhD Fellowships Calendar

This page lists fellowships for the current academic year. Please see the PhD Fellowships Calendar for upcoming deadline announcements.
IBM Fellowship2014-10-132014-10-13

Oct 13, 2014

[Oct 13, 2014]

Nomination packages should be submitted electronically by internal deadline (12 PM EST on Monday, October 13) to Debbie at debbie@ece.cmu.edu. Late or incomplete nominations will not be accepted. Nominees selected to move forward as external nominees to IBM will be notified and faculty will be responsible for uploading nominations to the IBM web site by the fellowship nomination deadline (October 28, 2014).

Number of ECE Nominees:
2, in addition to any renewals from the past 2 years
Nomination Process:
If you wish to nominate a student, please send your student's CV, a nomination letter, and the student's research statement (5 pages max) in PDF format to Debbie at debbie@ece.cmu.edu by 12 PM EST on Monday, October 13, 2014. Nominees selected to move forward will be notified and faculty will be responsible for uploading nominations to the IBM web site by the fellowship nomination deadline (October 28, 2014).
Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member and enrolled full-time in a college or university Ph.D. program. The faculty member is encouraged to contact an IBM colleague prior to submitting the nomination to assure mutual interest. 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 selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their academic progress to-date, as evidenced by publications and endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head. While students may accept other supplemental fellowships, to be eligible for the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award they may not accept a major award in addition to the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship.
This prestigious fellowship is for one year, renewable to three years, and includes an annual stipend. According to the IBM website, "Fellows are awarded a stipend for one academic year. Fellowships vary by country/geographic area, and the students will be informed at the time of the award what the value is for their country/geographic area." More information on Fellowship benefits can be found here.
Previous Winners:
Vanessa Hung-Chu Chen (2011), Sanja Cvijic (2011)

Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship2014-11-03

[Nov 3, 2014]

All proposals need to be received by Qualcomm by Monday, November 3, 2014.  Any questions can be e-mailed to innovation.fellowship@qualcomm.com.


Students apply directly to Fellowship. More information about eligibility can be found here.


Qualcomm will be awarding fellowships for at least eight winning teams for the 2015-2016 academic year. Teams are limited to two students.

Each of the winning teams will be awarded a $100,000 fellowship for submitting the most innovative proposals. The respective academic departments at each university will administer funds to the winning students for their fellowship work and research expenses for the academic year of 2015-2016.

Previous Winners:

Christopher Fallin (ECE) and Gennedy Pekhimenko (CS) - Honorable Mention 2012-2013

Sandia National Laboratories President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering2014-11-01

[Nov 1, 2014]

The Truman Fellowship is a three-year appointment that typically begins on October 1. The application deadline for fellows is November 1 of the year prior to the October start date. In other words, applicants by November 1, 2014 would be eligible for the October 2015 Fellowship. Students apply directly to this fellowship.

Full eligibility information provided here. Applicants must be recent Ph.D. (awarded within the past three years) or have the ability to complete all Ph.D. requirements before beginning the fellowship
Benefits information provided here.

Microsoft Women's Scholarship2014-09-152014-09-15

Sep 15, 2014

[Sep 15, 2014]

Nomination packages should be submitted electronically to debbie@ece.cmu.edu by 12 PM EST. Late or incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Number of ECE Nominees:
Nomination Process:

Please submit the nomination package to Debbie@ece.cmu.edu electronically by Monday, September 15, 2014.

Materials must be prepared per Microsoft instructions (use Word or PDF format only). Nomination packages must include:

  • Faculty Advisor Nomination Letter;
  • Nominee's Curriculum Vitae;
  • A copy of the nominee's undergraduate transcript, if not on file
  • A 500 word essay describing the student's research and how this scholarship would enable their success

If the nominee is selected by the ECE department, the following will be required by Monday, October 1, 2014:

  • One letter of reference (in Word of PDF) from the student's undergraduate advisor or another faculty member familiar with the student's undergraduate work

Please include the nominee's name in the subject line when submitting this additional information to debbie@ece.cmu.edu.

We recommend that as soon as students are notified of their nomination that they begin lining up their additional letter of reference.

Women ECE students who are enrolled in their first academic year in 2014-2015. Students who have already completed a two-year MS/MA degree or equivalent are also eligible, provided they are enrolled in the first year of a PhD program. Full eligibility criteria is available here.
Benefits include: $15,000 award for the 2015-2016 academic year and a $2,000 conference allowance. The scholarship is awarded for one year and cannot be extended.

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship2014-10-31

[Oct 31, 2014]

Students apply directly to fellowship at www.hertzfoundation.com


• Innovators who see challenges in new ways
• Eager to make a positive impact in the applied physical biological, and engineering sciences
• Applying to a PhD program or are in the first year of one
• An American citizen or permanent resident


• Full tuition equivalent for up to five years
• A stipend of $32,000 per academic year
• $5,000 annually for dependent childcare
• $38,000 stipend if coordinated with other 3-year fellowship
• Over 40 currently participating U.S. research universities

For further information, contact

Samantha Goldstein