You’ll need a PhD spot in computer or data science to land Alibaba’s new scholarship – but it’s worth it

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma speaks during the Business Forum at the 11th World Trade Organization's ministerial conference in Buenos Aires

Jack Ma might be stepping down, but bright students can step up to Alibaba’s highly attractive new scholarship for PhD candidates.
Business Insider

Though Jack Ma just announced he is stepping down from his position in Alibaba – saying he doesn’t want to die in the office – people across the world are still queuing up round the block to get themselves in.

Now, the company is giving students a way to secure a coveted position in the tech giant. It recently launched a new a scholarship that lets PhD students work part-time on its research projects across AI, data analytics, blockchain, internet of things, neural networks, automation and cyber security.

Top performers will be hired by the company.

The scholarship, launched with Singapore’s Economic Development Board and Nanyang Technological University, only admits applicants who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents. They’ll do the research in Alibaba campuses in Singapore and China.

The company will not only pay their school fees, but also provide a salary of S$5,000 (US$3,650) a month.

The catch: scholars must have a basic degree in computer science, physics, electrical engineering or a related field. And their postgrad studies must be on topics like artificial intelligence, data analytics, cloud computing and the Internet of Things.

Applications close next month, and the programme starts in January. About 30 students will be selected.