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Cyber Fellows

CyberFellows Students at The University of Tulsa

Shaping the future of cyber

Our Cyber Fellows are ideators and innovators willing to go beyond the research and start building. This doctoral initiative puts students on track to solve tomorrow’s cyber challenges through an entrepreneurial lens.

Cyber Fellows work with both academic and commercial mentors, and regularly engage founders, cyber professionals, and investors throughout the initiative. Cyber Fellows finish equipped to enter into one of the fastest-growing sectors with the skills, network, and know-how to succeed in the marketplace.

Combining the forces of TU’s College of Engineering & Computer Science, a leader in cyber research, and our growing list of commercial partners, Cyber Fellows accelerates research and development within cyber domains. The initiative is made possible through the George Kaiser Family Foundation and Tulsa Innovation Labs.

Transforming cutting-edge research into high-growth startups

The University of Tulsa Cyber Fellows is a Ph.D. opportunity combined with a one-of-a-kind, hands-on initiative to solve industry challenges and deliver high-impact, commercially viable solutions. As a fellow, you’ll access category-leading companies with real cyber problems.

2024 Cyber Fellows Research

Our Approach


Work with students, professors, mentors, and entrepreneurs from a number of disciplines to build the best technology possible.


Leverage the program’s local, regional, national, and international connections to accelerate your research and your career.


Focus on real-world problems with input from the market, translating research from the lab into a startup or enterprise.


Combine research and development across math, engineering, psychology, cryptography, machine learning, and more.


Earn a Ph.D. from a nationally ranked cyber research university.

Cyber Fellowship Benefits

Ph.D. Support

  • Full tuition remission
  • Competitive annual living stipend
  • World-class cyber education
  • World-renowned cyber faculty
  • Unique testing assets
  • Research engagement from commercial partners
  • Benefits provided to university graduate student employees
  • Choose from any Ph.D. program in the College of Engineering & Computer Science (other Ph.D. programs may be considered when faculty are jointly appointed to the School of Cyber Studies)

Ecosystem Support

  • Weekly engagement with regional and national commercial leaders
  • Assigned commercial mentors in years three and four
  • Regular access to Tulsa Innovation Labs’ Cyber Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Access to numerous local venture groups
  • Internship opportunities with regional F-500 companies, national labs, and our network of cyber alumni
  • Social and professional engagement including conferences, social and cultural events, and networking opportunities
  • Retention bonus offered by TIL and GKFF to students who stay in Tulsa for an additional two years or more

TU has really great academics in the cybersecurity realm. When I talked to some of the faculty, I was impressed. This program has all the quals I had asked for and is super unique with commercial partner involvement. There are no other programs like this. It’s pretty special.

Seth Hastings Cyber Fellow

UTulsa Ph.D. Programs

Cyber Fellows are lifelong learners working toward a Ph.D. at TU. While any Ph.D. program offered by the College of Engineering & Computer Science is eligible for the initiative, there are certain requirements that must be met, including graduate courses in cybersecurity and entrepreneurship.

We currently have students working with faculty in the following doctoral programs:

Becoming a Cyber Fellow

Step 1

Complete Your Graduate School Application

Begin the application process today to join a cohort of purpose-driven individuals who will shape a sector.

  • You must check the Cyber Fellows interest box within the Graduate School application to be considered.

Step 2

Submit Documents

  • Two or three letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential. Most programs require a minimum of two letters with a third being optional but strongly encouraged.
  • Transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results (if required for degree program)

Step 3

Statement of Purpose

Describe your research interests and professional goals in 500-750 words. How is TU’s graduate program best suited to help you accomplish these goals? Be specific about how your specialized interests align with TU’s available specialties and include why you want to be a Cyber Fellow in a separate paragraph.

Ready to become a Cyber Fellow?

Join us in this one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the convergence of science and entrepreneurship. Let’s move science forward together.

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