Intel provides fellowships to outstanding PhD students in Engineering, Computer Science, Social Science, and other technical related majors focusing on semiconductor and high tech computing technologies at selected U.S. universities.


The Intel PhD Fellowship Program awards fellowships to exceptional PhD candidates pursuing leading-edge innovation in fields related to Intel's business and research interests. This is a prestigious and highly competitive program with a limited number of fellowships awarded annually. This is an extremely coveted award and selected students are recognized as being amongst the best in their areas of research.


The fellowship program was started in the early 1990s by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore. Its purpose was to recognize and honor top students pioneering research in all areas that would benefit humankind. Gordon wanted to give back to those universities and communities who excelled at producing top technical talent. It was also a way to foster collaborative partnerships with universities, its faculty, and promote the next generation of technology leadership. The program has been operational every year for more than two decades. Today's program maintains that same spirit of acknowledging innovative talent and places an added emphasis on developing generations of students who are responsive to the thought-provoking questions facing the semiconductor and computing industries and their impact on an increasingly connected global society.

Award Provisions

The fellowship includes a cash award (for one academic year) and a Research Total Industry Experience (TIE) grant. Award recipients are each assigned to an Intel technical mentor who is a respected leader in their field. Students work directly with their mentor to develop a deeper understanding of relevant technical issues and contribute to solving the most complex technical problems facing the industry. Award recipients are also prioritized for internships and hiring opportunities within the company.

Through the Research TIE grant, the Intel PhD fellows partner closely with their respective mentors in designing a personalized experience to meet and network with top industry researchers at a selected Intel campus during the academic year immediately following the award. The goal of this experience is to provide each student with an opportunity to showcase their research, identify potential industry-academic collaborations, and explore internship opportunities.

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited PhD program at one of the participating universities with research concentration in one of the following technology areas:
    • Applications, Programming and New Usage Models
      • Future workloads and applications, Security, Internet of Things, Pervasive computing, Big Data and Analytics, Machine Learning, Parallel Programming, Web Programming, Human Computer Interaction, Wearables and Ethnography.
    • Computing Leadership
      • Architecture, Energy Efficient Computing, SoC, Communications, Embedded Systems, Heterogeneous computing, Visual computing, Cloud computing, Mobile platforms, Nanotechnology, Circuit Design, and CAD.
    • Semiconductor Innovation
      • Beyond CMOS devices and architectures; Bio inspired new device and architecture for future computation and memory; Bottoms up, self-aware fabrication for package interconnects and substrates; Compliant/Flexible non-fatiguing interconnects; and Novel devices/architectures for power neutral systems.
  • Must have completed 24 months in the PhD program.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or F1 visa holder.
    • This is subject to current U.S. Department of Commerce restrictions on Export Licensing and not open to individuals from embargoed or controlled countries.
  • Must retain full-time student status during academic year for which fellowship is awarded.
  • Intel employees and their families are not eligible.

Select U.S. universities are invited annually to submit a limited number of student candidates for consideration. Students must first be nominated by their corresponding university and then are judiciously reviewed by Intel fellows and technical leaders to select the most qualified award recipients. Intel values diversity and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds, under-represented minority groups, and women to apply.

Intel does not accept direct applications from students or faculty. Applications are submitted online. Once applicants are nominated by their respective Intel designated university coordinator, they will be given a link, username, and password to access the application form. Please contact your university's engineering or computer science department to determine if your school is currently participating in the program, locate the Intel designated university coordinator, or to receive additional information on the application process.