Science for Social Good - overview



Mentoring, giving back, making a difference -- with science.

Promoting scientific advances by addressing untapped social and humanitarian problems.

Creating a pipeline of new solutions for a better world.


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 innovate and change the world for the better using science and technology. From reducing or eliminating inequalities, to improving access to health care and education, to reducing pollution and our carbon footprint, the opportunities are endless.

The Science for Social Good Fellowship at IBM Research is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars to develop their skills and prototype new technologies 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 science, machine learning, AI, analytics, operations research, statistics, design 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.


If you are an NGO, or a social enterprise, we are currently scoping projects for our 2018 cycle. If you have an idea how we can help, drop us an email, and we will follow up.