Fellowship Opportunities

This page lists fellowships for the current academic year. Please see the PhD Fellowships Calendar for upcoming deadline announcements.
Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship 2017-192016-09-28

[Sep 28, 2016]

Wednesday, September 28.  Nomination packages should be submitted electronically to Nathan Snizaski (nsnizask@andrew.cmu.edu) with ‘MSR PhD Fellowship Application’ as the email subject. Late or incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Nomination Process:

Advisor must submit the following materials:

  • Student’s thesis proposal/research statement
  • A one-page summary of thesis proposal/research statement, single-spaced
  • Advisor letter of recommendation
  • Student CV

Finalists will be notified and instructed to obtain two (2) additional recommendation letters from other faculty members or established researchers familiar with his/her research.


The fellowship is awarded only to full-time PhD students in their second or third year as of the current Fall 2016 semester.

The Microsoft Research 2017‐2019 Ph.D. Fellowship program is a two-year fellowship.  Provisions of the award include: tuition, fees, stipend, conference and travel allowance.
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DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR)2016-11-21

[Nov 21, 2016]

Applications are due 5pm ET on Monday, November 21, 2016.  Students apply directly to fellowship opportunity via the provided URL.

Open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements.  The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.
The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.  The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship 20172016-12-02

[Dec 2, 2016]

Complete fellowship applications must be received no later than 8pm ET/5pm PT on December 2, 2016.  Interested students can apply directly by referencing the contact information cited on the fellowship website - see 'Application Dates and Process' section.

Applying students must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program.  Preference will be given to students with a desire to work in an industrial research lab and those working on innovative research projects in areas related to Symantec’s businesses such as host-based and network security, cloud computing, virtualization, machine learning, data mining, etc.  Recipients will also be selected based on their overall potential for research excellence and their academic progress to date as evidenced by publications.

Up to $20,000 USD that may be used to cover one year of the student’s tuition fees and to reimburse expenses incurred by the student to engage into research collaboration with Symantec, such as conference registration fees, travel expenses, hardware, etc.

Award recipients are strongly encouraged to take a separate salaried internship with Symantec that we plan to offer to all fellowship recipients.  Interns will usually work directly with Symantec Research Labs at one of our locations (Culver City, CA, USA; Mountain View, CA, USA; Dublin, Ireland; Sophia-Antipolis, France) or with another group within Symantec. Each recipient is paired with a mentor from Symantec. A mentor is a top researcher or engineer who can provide ongoing technical guidance on the recipient’s research during graduate training as well as during an internship at Symantec.

IBM PhD Fellowship 2017-182016-10-142016-10-14

Oct 14, 2016

[Oct 14, 2016]

Nomination packages should be submitted electronically to Nathan Snizaski (nsnizask@andrew.cmu.edu) with ‘IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Application’ as the email subject. Late or incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Number of ECE Nominees:
Nomination Process:

Advisor must submit the following materials: 

  1. Student’s thesis proposal/research statement (5 page max)
  2. A one-page summary of thesis proposal/research statement, single-spaced
  3. Advisor letter of recommendation
  4. Student CV
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.
One year fellowship with IBM Mentor, plus stipend. Renewable to three years total.
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For further information, contact

Nathan Snizaski