Industry Fellowships for Graduate Students (administered by EECS)


IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program

Announced with application instructions in August or September. If you have questions, please come to 205 Cory Hall.

Past Winners


Fellowships are awarded worldwide. IBM Ph.D. Fellows are awarded tuition, fees, and a stipend for one nine-month academic year. Stipends vary by country/geography and the student will be informed at the time of the award what the stipend is for their country/geography. All IBM Ph.D. Fellows are matched with an IBM Mentor according to their technical interests, and they are encouraged to intern at an IBM research or development laboratory under their Mentor's guidance. An IBM ThinkPad is awarded during the internship. Internship assignments are designed to strengthen and broaden the Awardee's technical experience and contacts. Interns are paid by their host site and will be subject to the prevailing terms and conditions of the internship program at that site. IBM is an equal opportunity employer.

IBM Ph.D. Fellowships are awarded for one nine-month academic year. After receiving an award, an Award Recipient may be re-nominated the following year for consideration to receive an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship again, based on the Award Recipient's continued exceptional academic standing, progress and achievement, and sustained interaction with IBM's technical community. A student may compete annually and be awarded a maximum of three years.

Eligibility 2006

Students must be nominated by a faculty member. They must be enrolled full-time in a college or university Ph.D. program, and they must have completed at least one year of study in their doctoral program at the time of their nomination. 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 they may not accept a major fellowship in addition to the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. Please contact to answer your questions.

IT IS IN THE STUDENTíS BEST INTEREST THAT His/Her nominator has an IBM colleague who has a significant technical familiarity with the student or the studentís area of interest.

Past Winners

2005: Armando Solar-Lezama
2006: Armando Solar-Lezama

Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship Program

Announced with application instructions in December or January. If you have questions, please come to 205 Cory Hall.

Past Winners


The PhD Fellowship Program targets students that have completed at least one year of their PhD studies in selected technology areas of interest to the semiconductor industry. The two-year fellowships awards are renewable up to two years based on student success. Women and underrepresented minority students (African-American, Hispanic, Native American) are encouraged to apply. The fellowship includes:

  • Tuition, fees, and a graduate stipend
  • Each student is matched with an Intel mentor whose interests are aligned with the student's research area of interest. The mentor provides industry insights with curriculum and career decisions
  • Internship opportunity at Intel Corporation during the fellowship award. Students will be strongly encouraged but not required to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • An Intelģ microprocessor-based personal computer system will be offered to each fellowship recipient as a gift from Intel Corporation.

Final awards are competitive between participating schools and final recommendations will be based on the student's academic excellence and ability to articulate their research interests.

Fellowship Requirements and Award Overview

The fellowship recipient enrolled in a PhD program at the time of application. Please note that fellowship recipients must be a US citizen or have the permanent right to work in the USA. This requirement is waived for candidates in specific areas of research including Semiconductor Process Technology, VLSI Circuit and closely related fields. (Applicants must be screened to qualify for the waiver). The applicants may not be previous Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship recipients, may not continue receiving Intel Research funding if they receive the award, and may not be an employee of Intel Corporation during the time of the fellowship award. The two year Fellowship is intended to cover the studentís tuition and fees and will include a $20k per year stipend. These details are worked directly with your program. It is our intention that this fellowship is a premier award at UC Berkeley and it is our expectation that UC Berkeley/EECS will augment the fellowship stipend amount as appropriate.

Please note: only one student per faculty member may be submitted as a finalist.

Criteria 2007

You must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at one of the participating universities with interest in one of the following technology areas:

Semiconductor Technology and Manufacturing

  • Device Physics
  • Materials Science
  • Semiconductor Process
  • Lithography
  • Nanotechnology
  • Thermal Management (macroscopic and microscopic thermal modeling and heat sinking ideas)
  • Packaging
  • Manufacturing Science
  • Novel materials and concepts for Non-Volatile Memory

Systems Technology and Design

  • Computer Architecture
  • Low Power
  • Input/Output
  • CAD
  • Networking
  • RF Interference Mitigation Circuits
  • RF Interference Algorithms
  • Platform Digital Power Control
  • Acoustic Actuators
  • Waveguide Characterization
  • Digital CMOS Circuit Design (both high performance, and low power areas)
  • Analog CMOS circuit design (opamps, baseband filters, analog to digital converters, mixed signal)
  • RFIC CMOS circuits (for wireless and broadband high speed links)
  • Signal Processing

Software Technology and Design

  • Operating Systems
  • Compiler Technology
  • Human Interfaces
  • Concurrent Programming language or parallel domain specific language research
  • Statistical Computing

Information Technology

  • Knowledge management and sharing
  • Collaboration Technology
  • Learning Technology

Applicants must have an unrestricted permanent right to work in the US without any type of sponsorship. Exceptions may be made for Ph.D. candidates with critical skills in an area of demonstrated shortage in the U.S. These positions are also subject to U.S. Department of Commerce restrictions on Export Licensing and are therefore not open to individuals from the countries listed below:

Embargoed Countries

  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Sudan
  • Syria

Controlled Countries

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Cambodia
  • China*, People's Republic of
  • Georgia
  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Macau
  • Mongolian People's Republic
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

*Does not include Hong Kong or Taiwan

All exceptions require advanced approval by the Intel Foundation. Email inquiries to (please cc araya@eecs).

  • Final awards are competitive and based on the student's academic excellence and ability to articulate their research interests.
  • Must retain full-time student status during the period of the fellowship
  • If selected, you may not defer the fellowship


  • Two-year fellowships are awarded pending annual review of successful progress by the Intel Foundation. The Fellowship includes tuition, fees, and a graduate stipend.
  • Each student is matched with an Intel mentor whose interests are aligned with the student's research area of interest. The mentor provides industry insights and assistance with curriculum and career decisions.
  • Option of an internship at Intel Corporation following the fellowship award.
  • An Intelģ microprocessor-based personal computer system will be offered to each fellowship recipient as a gift from Intel Corporation.

Past Winners

2007: Johnny Ho
2006: Douglas Densmore and Chenlu Hou
2005: Mark McKelvin, Jr., Farhana Sheikh, Hakim Weatherspoon
2004: Gert Lanckriet, Erik Sudderth
2003: Brian Fields, Dejan Markovic
2002: Yun Chiu
2001: Josephine M. Ammer, Jason Hong
2000: Mason Freed, Abdallah Tabbara

Microsoft Graduate Research Fellowships

Announced with application instructions in August or September. If you have questions, please come to 205 Cory Hall.

Past Winners


Microsoft will award two-year Fellowships to outstanding Ph.D. students.

Provisions of the Award

  • The fellowship recipient award will cover 100% of the tuition and fees.
  • A stipend is provided to cover living expenses while in school ($20,000 for 2008-09).
  • A conference and travel allowance is provided for recipients to attend professional conferences or seminars ($2,000 for 2008-09).
  • All recipients will be offered the opportunity to complete a salaried internship with either Microsoft Research or Microsoft Live Labs in Redmond, Washington.
  • Each recipient will be given a Tablet PC pre-loaded with Microsoft software.
  • Fellowships are awarded to recipients for two academic years only and are not available for extension.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Preference will be given to students completing their second or third year in a Ph.D. program.
  • Student must attend a U.S. or Canadian university.
  • Study in computer science, electrical engineering, or mathematics departments (if your department is within the scope of these areas, but is titled differently, you are eligible).
  • Maximum of three applicants per department, per university. (For example, if you have three separate departments as listed above, you may submit up to three candidates per department or up to nine applicants from your university.)
  • Applications will be accepted only if nominated by university department chairs or their designees.
  • The fellowship awards will be made through the university and are not transferable to another academic institution.
  • Preference is given to students who have completed 2-3 years into their PhD program. If someone has completed their masters (2yrs) and has a defined research proposal for their PhD, they are in the 2-3yr timeframe.

Applicants need to be involved in at least one of the following research areas:

  • Algorithms, Theory and Cryptography
  • Auction and Market Theory
  • Data Management and Data Mining
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Large Scale Distributed Computing
  • Machine Learning, Adaptation, and Intelligence
  • Multimedia, Image Processing, Graphics and Vision
  • Programming Principles, Tools, and Languages
  • Search, Retrieval, and Knowledge Management
  • Social Computing
  • Speech and Natural Language Processing
  • Systems, Architectures, Mobility and Networking
  • Text Mining and Information Extraction
  • Other (please indicate on form)

Past Winners

2007: Aria Delier Haghighi, Georgios Alexandros (Alex) Dimakis
Microsoft Research Fellowship in Honor of Dean A. Richard Newton: Konstantinos (Costis) Daskalakis
2006: Omid Etesami, Jeff Heer
2005: Manu Sridharan, Karthik Lakshminarayanan
2004: Sumit Gulwani
2003: Francis Bach
2002: Hao Chen, David Blei
2001: Andrew Ng, Rupak Majumdar
2000: Andris Ambainis
1999: Vijayshankar Raman
1998: Yizhou Yu
1997: David Gay

For a complete list of people (including winners outside of the department) please see:

Siebel Scholars Program

Past Winners


Every year, 10 of the world's most prestigious business and computer science graduate schools honor five of their most gifted students as Siebel Scholars. The $25,000 Siebel Scholarships they receive are entirely merit-based. Outstanding academic performance, leadership, and all-around excellence are the key selection criteria. The program does not consider financial need or other factors. Final selection of the Siebel Scholars each year is a collaborative effort between the Dean of each school and the Thomas & Stacey Siebel Foundation.

Past Winners

2008: Jeremy Huddleston, Peter Lau, Alexandra Meliou, Udam Singh Saini, Li Zhuang
2007: Dan Bonachea, Andrew Dahl, David Garmire, Hayley Iben, Navtej Sadhal
2006: Adam Bargteil, Matthew Denny, Bonnie Kirkpatrick, Brian Milch, Cameron Whitehouse
2005: Christian Bell, Owen Cooper, Arel Cordero, Ana Merino, Rajesh Nishtala
2004: Michael Hamler, Jason Hong, Emil Ong, Rachel Rubin, Mehul Shah
2003: John Edwards III, Katherine Everitt, Yaping Li, Anthony Lobay, Manikandan Narayanan
2002: Tim Callahan, Allison Coates, David Liu, Jacob Lorch, Miriam Walker
2001: John Bryant, John Kodumal, Frederick Reiss, Tracy Riggs Kryger (nee Riggs), Jane Yen

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