Fellowships and Scholarships
SRC offers doctoral fellowships and master's scholarships through the Global Research Collaboration (GRC) and one doctoral fellowship through the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), the SRC NRI/Hans J. Coufal Fellowship. The Graduate Fellowship Program (GFP) and the GRC Master's Scholarship Program (MSP), (targeting underrepresented minorities and women), are funded through GRC and the SRC Education Alliance and is made available through an annual call and application process beginning in November of each year for awards the following fall.
Both the GFP and MSP include company-named awards supported by GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Intel Foundation, and Texas Instruments.
GFP and MSP Program Descriptions
The Graduate Fellowship Program (GFP) addresses the issues of improving educational opportunities at the doctoral level and supplying a relevantly educated workforce for the semiconductor industry. The objectives of the program are: 1) to encourage academically gifted U.S./permanent resident students to pursue doctoral degrees in research areas consistent with SRC program goals, and 2) to develop a cadre of the highest quality doctoral graduates for member companies and U.S. universities.
The GFP was created in 1986 to attract exceptionally talented students with U.S. citizenship to academic areas of interest to SRC members. The program has since been opened to students holding permanent resident, refugee, or political asylum status in the U.S.
While the Fellows are not required to take employment within the SRC community upon graduation, they are strongly encouraged to do so, and assistance is provided in finding appropriate employment in an SRC member company, U.S. government agency, or U.S. university. Graduating Fellows entering member companies facilitate the transfer of new science and technology from the participating universities to the supporting organizations. Fellows joining faculties at universities worldwide carry with them the expertise to stimulate new research activities and to encourage additional student interest in semiconductor-related fields.
Students who are supported by the GFP are actively involved in GRC-approved sponsored research; however, the scope of the student's work may be beyond the scope of the research defined by the research sponsor. The Fellows are encouraged to conduct research leading to novel, high-payoff solutions for the technology challenges faced by the semiconductor industry at and beyond the time horizons of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors. For a listing of SRC Named Fellowships, please see the appropriate tab on this page.
The Master's Scholarship Program (MSP) addresses issues of improving educational opportunities at the master's level for students in underrepresented minority categories. The objectives of the program are: 1) to encourage academically gifted U.S./permanent resident students in these populations to pursue graduate research in areas consistent with Global Research Collaboration (GRC) goals, and 2) to develop a cadre of highest quality minority candidates for doctoral study and hire by GRC companies. The Master's Scholarship Program was created in 1997 for the purpose of attracting qualified students who are also in underrepresented minority categories to graduate study in areas of interest to the semiconductor industry. In 1999, the program was opened to women as a category and has since been opened to underrepresented students holding refugee or political asylum status in the U.S.
Company-Named scholarships were created in 2001-2002 to increase the number of Master's Scholarships in research areas of special interest to the cosponsoring companies. These scholarships are named for the companies providing matching funding. The recipient of a company-named scholarship will be mentored for the term of the scholarship by an industry advisor from the cosponsoring company, and will be awarded internships and other support from the cosponsoring company as appropriate.
The Company-Named Fellowships were created to recognize outstanding academic and research achievement and to increase the number of Graduate Fellows in research areas of special interest to the cosponsoring companies. These fellowships are named for the companies providing matching funding. The Fellows are chosen from the applicants for the Graduate Fellowship Program based on the eligibility requirements used to select the GFP Fellows and on the match between the student's proposed research and the cosponsoring company's research interests.
The recipient of a company-named fellowship will be mentored for the term of the Fellowship by an industry advisor from the cosponsoring company, and will be awarded internships and other support from the cosponsoring company as appropriate.
The AMD/Mahboob Khan Fellowship was created in memory of Dr. Khan and in recognition of his support of SRC students, especially the Fellows. AMD partially funds this fellowship; succeeding Fellowships will be awarded as the current recipient completes doctoral studies. AMD selects this fellow from the applications received during the regular GFP application process. In addition to the academic and citizenship criteria, AMD seeks to identify a student with technical interest specifically aligned with that of AMD. The AMD/Mahboob Khan Fellowship is not currently being competed, but may be included in future competitions.
The IBM SRC Robert H. Dennard Fellowship was established to honor the work of Dr. Dennard and his impact on the semiconductor industry. Since 1963 Dr. Dennard has been at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY where he has been involved in microelectronics research and development from the early days onward.
This fellowship looks to identify a doctoral student that best reflects and compliments many of the works of Dennard with a focus on Device or Design System.
The Robert M. Burger Fellowship was created by SRC in 1992 in recognition of Dr. Burger's ten years of service to SRC as Vice President and Chief Scientist. This Fellowship is for doctoral study in non-technology topics related to microelectronics and the semiconductor industry. Relevant topics include public policy (e.g. regulatory, tax/fiscal, immigration, or federal investment in research and education), management, technology policy, fiscal, innovation, workforce education, or economic issues. The Robert M. Burger Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student who is a U.S. citizen, has completed a master's degree, and who is pursuing or planning to pursue a doctoral program. The Robert M. Burger Fellowship is not currently being competed, but may be included in future competitions.
The Peter Verhofstadt Fellowship was created by SRC in 2002 in memory of Peter Verhofstadt, SRC Chief Scientist and Co-Executive Director of MARCO, an SRC subsidiary that manages the Focus Center Research Program. The Peter Verhofstadt Fellowship is for study in the physical sciences, specifically chemistry, physics, mathematics, or biophysics. This Fellowship is to stimulate non-traditional thinking and encourage exploratory, high-risk research leading to novel, high-payoff solutions for challenges faced by the semiconductor industry at and beyond the time horizons of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors. The recipient is expected to work on a GRC-funded research program, but the student's work is encouraged to be beyond the scope of the research defined in the research program. The Peter Verhofstadt Fellowship is not currently being competed, but may be included in future competitions.
The International Fellowship was created in recognition of GRC's international status. The first International Fellowship outside the United States was awarded in 2004 to a student at National Taiwan University. The International Fellowships are not currently being competed, but may be included in future competitions.
The SRC/NRI Hans J. Coufal Fellowship was created in 2006 in memory of Hans J. Coufal, the founding director of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative. This Fellowship is for study in nanoelectronics-related disciplines. This Fellowship is to stimulate non-traditional thinking and encourage exploratory, high-risk research leading to novel, high-payoff solutions for challenges faced by the semiconductor industry. The recipient is expected to work on an NRI-funded research program, but the student's work is encouraged to be beyond the scope of the research defined in the research contract.
Support & Eligibility
All Fellowships and Scholarships provide:
- Full tuition and university required fees
- A competitive stipend
- An unrestricted annual gift of $2,000 for use by the student’s faculty advisor in support of the student
GFP – Fellowship tenure is for up to 3 years (36 mos) with a possible extension of 1 year (12 mos) of doctoral study. Fellowships will continue to completion of the degree program, but for no more than four years. Continuation of the Fellowship will be contingent only upon satisfactory progress in the proposed course of study and research as determined by the faculty advisor and SRC.
A limited number of Fellowships are set aside for students just beginning their graduate research and having no connection to GRC-funded contracts. These Fellowships may be awarded to students planning to attend universities where GRC has funded research and where a good technical match seems likely. These Fellowships are for one year. If the recipient is able to join a research program approved by GRC during that year, the Fellowship may continue for up to three additional years upon satisfactory progress. If the student is unable to find an appropriate placement with a GRC-approved research program, the Fellowship will end after one year.
The Fellowships are open to students who:
- are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident, refugee, or political asylum status in the U.S.;
- are pursuing or planning to pursue a Ph.D. degree with research relevant to microelectronics under the guidance of a GRC-approved faculty member and with at least two years to completion of the doctoral degree;
- will be performing research under a sponsored research program approved by GRC; and
- are willing to provide a copy of his/her Ph.D. dissertation to SRC for publication to the SRC website.
It is expected that all Fellows will complete their Ph.D. degrees in an area relevant to microelectronics and that upon completion of the program, are encouraged to secure employment with an SRC member or U.S. government agency or a faculty position in an accredited four-year U.S. college or university.
MSP – Scholarship tenure is for up to two years (24 mos) of master’s level study. Scholarships will continue to completion of the degree program, but for no more than four years. Continuation of the Scholarship will be contingent only upon satisfactory progress in the proposed course of study and research as determined by the faculty advisor and SRC.
The Scholarships are open to students who:
- are women or are members of an underrepresented minority category;
- meet admission requirements for graduate school at a GRC-participating university;
- are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident, refugee, or political asylum status in the U.S.;
- are planning to pursue a master's degree with research relevant to microelectronics under the guidance of a GRC-approved faculty member and under a GRC-approved research program; and
- are willing to provide a copy of his/her master's thesis to SRC for publication to the SRC website.
Industry advisors are a vital element of the GFP and MSP. Industry advisors are part of a research team that includes the student, the faculty advisor, and, perhaps, other industrial advisors. The goal of the team is to provide the student with 1) knowledge of the industry environment in general, 2) an indication of the potential applications of his/her research, and 3) professional collegian contact that will foster the student's ability to function effectively in a competitive global economy.
Industry advisors help the student make contact with knowledgeable industry people and explore ways in which his/her doctoral research is relevant to industry by sharing a firsthand view of the current and next-generation needs of the industry. The Industry advisor should be able to help the student look beyond the achievement of the degree to the application of the research in the work place. The Graduate Fellows are beginning to take their places in the industry arena by presenting their research at technical conferences and workshops, as well as through publication. The industry advisor can enhance this process by providing experiences within his/her own company and contact with professionals throughout the industry to help the student develop a network of colleagues that will foster professional growth long after the degree is completed. SRC makes every effort to consider each student and prospective industry advisor individually, and recommendation is sought from the faculty advisor.
Criteria that are considered in the selection of industry advisors include: participation in the research as a liaison or industry mentor; enthusiastic desire to participate in the education of young men and women who are the next generation of scientists and industry leaders; area of technical interest compatible with that of the student's research; and convenience of and availability for interaction with the student.
It is suggested that the industry advisor make at least four personal contacts with the student during the course of the academic year. These meetings might take place: twice at the university to review the student's research, e.g., the annual research program review; once at the industry advisor's company, perhaps to present the student's research and/or to meet with others at the company who have similar interests; and once at TECHCON, SRC's annual technical conference. Other suggestions for contact include electronic mail and intern employment if appropriate.
Although the industry advisor's role is designed primarily for the benefit of the student, there are also benefits to the Industry Advisor and to participating companies. The role provides an effective avenue for the direct transfer of research results to participating companies and the inside track for recruiting into the workforce those young men and women who are among the brightest and best universities have to offer.
How to Apply
GFP and MSP applications are accessible on the SRC website usually beginning in November of each year. Completed applications are due in February of the following year with awards made in April. Notice of fellowship competition is through universities having GRC-sponsored research contracts, and other sources as appropriate.
Completed applications must include
- Faculty Advisor Reference – (from actively engaged SRC-funded research investigator who will act as the student's faculty advisor)
- Two additional References – (from scientists, engineers, or faculty members who have recent or current knowledge of the applicant's academic accomplishments and professional or research experience)
- Official transcripts of all accredited baccalaureate and graduate work completed, including the first semester or quarter of the current academic year. Transcripts may be sent directly to SRC from the college or university registrar to: Semiconductor Research Corporation Education Alliance, Fellowship/Scholarship Program, 1101 Slater Road, Suite 120, Durham, NC 27703
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended for all GFP/MSP applicants (SRC Institution Code 2800).
Application to this program does not obligate a candidate to accept the award if selected. Prior to a candidate's agreement to enter into this program, SRC will supply complete details regarding the terms of the award. SRC reserves the right not to make awards if candidates of sufficiently high quality are not found.
All inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or SRC Education Alliance at 919.941.9400.