We are experiencing a time when our lives and everything that surrounds us is captured digitally: Internet activity, video, customer transactions, surveys, health records, news, literature, scientific publications, economic data, weather data, geospatial data, stock market returns, telecommunication records, and government records to name a few. All of this data is at our fingertips, giving us an unprecedented opportunity to change the world for the better using data science. From reducing or eliminating inequalities, to improving access to health care and education, to reducing pollution and our carbon footprint, the opportunities are endless.

Program Overview

The IBM Social Good Fellowship is an opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to develop their skills and develop data science solutions that benefit humanity. Mentored by leading IBM Research scientists and engineers at the T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY (north of New York City), fellows use data mining, machine learning, analytics, operations research, statistics, and mobile computing methods to complete projects with social impact.

Working closely with non-governmental organizations, social enterprises, government agencies, and other mission-driven partners, fellows take on real-world problems in health, energy, environment, education, international development, equality, justice, and more.

This fellowship has been created in collaboration with Corporate Citizenship as part of their mission to bring the best of IBM's capabilities to solving societal problems.

For Students

Two types of fellowships are offered: summer fellowships for graduate students (12 weeks), and postdoctoral fellowships (1 year).

Fellows will:

  • Collaborate with and learn from renowned researchers,
  • Work on an important problem for the social good,
  • Hone their data science skills,
  • Complete a project to showcase in their portfolio,
  • Have fun and bond with other fellows, and
  • Receive a competitive stipend.

Applications for 12-week summer 2016 fellowships are now closed. Please check back late this year for the summer 2017 application form.

Please apply for a full-year postdoctoral fellowship here. The application deadline is April 1, 2016. Promising candidates will be invited for on-site interviews on a rolling basis.

For Partner Organizations

Projects are conducted in collaboration with nonprofit partner organizations who put forth the problems and commit to using the results.

If you are an innovative NGO, social enterprise, or government agency facing challenging problems and would like to work with us to tackle them using data science, please email us at good@us.ibm.com.

If you are unsure whether data science is appropriate for your organization, we can help make a determination.


IBM Social Good Fellowship
Room 31-210
1101 Kitchawan Road
Yorktown Heights, New York 10598