Apple PhD Fellowship in Integrated Systems

Academic Year 2022-2023

Integrated circuit design and engineering is more critical than ever. With a slowing of Moore’s law and end of Dennard scaling, challenges abound to deliver ever increasing performance and power efficiency. Apple has long recognized these challenges, and develops world-class silicon for its products. Apple's Hardware Technologies (HWT) team is very excited to renew the Integrated Systems PhD fellowship program at UC Berkeley. This program recognizes a few top students with expressed interest in IC engineering, SoC design, Verification, Test, and Computer Architecture. This unique and highly selective program provides both a summer internship at Apple and financial support covering one year of the PhD program (fees and stipend) at UC Berkeley. To be eligible, you should already be a currently enrolled full-time EECS PhD student at Berkeley and ideally have two years or more remaining to receive the full value of the fellowship.

Academic expectations of an Apple PhD Fellow in Integrated Systems include successful participation in the PhD program and continued research related to IC engineering / computer architecture.*

(*Disbursement of funds will be to Berkeley)


Applications can be submitted and finalists will be interviewed as part of the evaluation process.

  • Application open: August 16, 2021
  • Application deadline: October 17, 2021
    • To be eligible, you should ideally be between your first and  fourth year of PhD
    • Typical applications are received during fall of the first or second year of the student’s PhD, with funding beginning the subsequent fall. Funding lasts for one year.
    • An Apple internship, offered as a part of the Fellowship, is generally the summer before the start of funding, but timing can be adjusted.
  • Finalist interviews: from November 2021 to February 2022
  • Decisions back: February 2022


How are Apple PhD Fellows in Integrated Systems selected?

Berkeley evaluates all applicants against a number of criteria. This includes past expressed interest in courses, research, and/or internships in the areas of IC engineering, SoC Design, Verification, Test, or Computer Architecture. Furthermore, we are looking for top students whose research indicates a wish to continue to study in these areas. Berkeley and Apple are both interested in working towards achieving the benefits of a broadly diverse student scholarship group. Students selected as finalists will be informed and interviews will be scheduled. Feedback from this interview will also be considered in the selection process. Note that it is possible to be offered an internship without designation as an Apple PhD Fellow. Apple will coordinate with students directly on all internship opportunities.

How many Apple PhD Fellowship in Integrated Systems are there for this application round?

As of Fall 2021 there will be up to 2 new one-year fellowship awarded per year at Berkeley.

What level of interaction can I expect with Apple?

Apple PhD fellows are expected to interact regularly with Apple engineering. At a minimum Apple PhD fellows will give quarterly updates on their research, and interact with Apple mentors on a regular basis.

I already have an internship lined up with another company for next summer, can I still apply?

Sure, Apple runs internships and so alignment of internships with any Berkeley semester is possible. Six month internships are also possible.

Can I intern at Apple more than once?

If you and your manager (and advisor) agree and the timing works out, we would love to have you back for multiple internships.

Whom should I contact with any additional questions?

For the Apple team:

For questions about the application and procedures:

What courses are recommended?

Recommended courses for applicants expressing interest in IC engineering and computer architecture. Preference will be given to students who have already expressed interest through their course selection. Some of the recommended courses include:


  • The Fellowships are for students who are enrolled full-time at Berkeley
  • Students who currently hold another industry-sponsored full-fellowship will not be considered
  • Current Apple employees and household members are not eligible


  • Student name (first and last), official school email address and PhD year
  • Expected internship year and term (Summer, Fall, Spring). Summer preferred.
  • A current copy of student resume or CV, including links to any publications if appropriate
  • Student transcripts graduate and undergraduate (unofficial) with GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from current PhD advisor).  Student should provide the names and email addresses of two references and submit them with their application by the deadline.  Applicant must ensure the letters of recommendation are forwarded by their references by, at the latest, one week after the application deadline, i.e., Oct. 24 is the deadline for reference letters.
  • Student statement of academic and career interests, and include links to any relevant research
    • In 500 words or fewer, please describe why and how you’re interested in IC engineering/SoC design/verification/test, and/or computer architecture
    • Include which area(s) and classes of EECS interest you most academically and professionally
    • Also describe any work you’ve done up to this point that you think is relevant to future work in ICs


The application period closed October 17, 2021