TU-Team8 Cyber Fellows - College of Engineering & Natural Sciences

TU-Team8 Cyber Fellows

The TU-Team8 Cyber Fellows program is designed for students seeking to advance cyber research and development across security, big data and artificial intelligence, creating new methods and commercially viable solutions that enable a secure and productive all-digital future. The highly competitive four-year doctoral program will bring together TU’s College of Engineering & Natural Sciences and Team8’s ecosystem and experience to identify and explore key industry challenges in real-world situations.

TU has a track record of producing exceptional cyber talent, highlighted in 2012 when the NSA selected TU as one of four US universities to run a cyber talent program. The joint program with Team8 is unique in the cyber field, also building upon TU’s history of industry partnerships that foster hands-on experience, solutions to real-world problems and a strong talent stream.

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Successful fellowships will culminate in an advanced degree bestowed by The University of Tulsa. The full scholarship covers all tuition, an annual living stipend/salary and the benefits provided to university graduate student employees. Fellows who remain in Tulsa for at least two years after graduation will be eligible for a $20,000 bonus.

“TU faculty have been working diligently with Team8 to bring this exciting opportunity for graduate education and research to fruition. This program will build upon the strong foundation of collaboration we enjoy across the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences,” said Rose Gamble, Tandy Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and associate dean for research and academic affairs.

Application requirements
Graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s in science and a strong passion and acumen in a cyber-related area should apply to TU’s graduate program. On the last page of the online graduate application, under Additional Information, please type in “TU-Team8 Cyber Fellow.”

A limited number of fellows will be selected. For additional information about the fellowship or TU’s graduate programs, click here.

Advancing cyber in Tulsa
“The TU-Team8 Cyber Fellows program will play a key role in recruiting Oklahoma’s future job creators and retaining Oklahoma’s most promising STEM students with the opportunity to achieve doctoral degrees,” said Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. “I applaud the innovation and vision of TU and Team8 as we work together as a state to attract and retain the best talent in the technology field.”

The competitive fellowship is expected to draw some of the brightest minds in cybersecurity to Tulsa, with incentives to stay in the area after completing the program and bolster the city’s burgeoning cyber industry. The City of Tulsa is working to create a technology-rich opportunity zone that links downtown to the university.

“This partnership between The University of Tulsa and Team8 combines world-leading intellectual capital with international private sector expertise in a way that sets the stage for incredible opportunities as we seek to make Tulsa an emerging cyber force,” said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum.


  • Doctoral Degree Options

    Computer Engineering, Ph.D.

    Students can pursue research and course work that emphasizes either the computer science or electrical engineering aspect of this joint degree.

    Computer Science, Ph.D.

    Obtain a depth of knowledge in an area of interest by focusing on courses in that area, conducting independent research and producing scholarly work.

    Chemical Engineering, Ph.D.

    The Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering aims to provide students with a critical understanding of scientific and engineering principles underlying their fields of interest and to cultivate their ability to apply these principles creatively through advanced methods of analysis, research and synthesis. Alumni work in academia and hold leadership roles in the industry.

    Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

    TU’s doctoral degree in mechanical engineering provides students with a thorough understanding of the scientific and engineering principles underlying their specific fields of interest. Students develop the ability to creatively apply these fundamentals to engineering problems while sharpening their research skills.

    Biological Science, Ph.D.

    Specialized training in select areas of biological science relevant to the research interests of individual faculty members.

    Learn more about TU’s College of Engineering & Natural Sciences.

  • The TU-Team8 Partnership

    TU’s partnership with Team8 draws on its unique company-building model that brings technologies across cyber, data science and artificial intelligence to market. The proven model involves identifying, training and recruiting world-class R&D talent, an in-depth understanding of the attacker perspective and an intimate network of world-leading corporate decision-makers. Backed by global powerhouses including Microsoft, Walmart, AT&T and Cisco, Team8 has launched category-leading companies and is dually headquartered in New York and Tel Aviv. Former NSA Director Admiral (Ret.) Mike Rogers is a senior adviser to the group. Temasek’s $250 million acquisition of cyber consultancy Sygnia is amongst Team8’s noteworthy portfolio achievements.

    Team8 will place a full-time research director at TU to spur the commercialization of new projects.

    “We’re really excited to broaden our academic program and partner with TU to foster groundbreaking scientific breakthroughs,” said Team8 Co-founder and CEO Nadav Zafrir. “This fellowship creates a unique opportunity to help students develop advanced transformative technologies and solutions that hold the potential to significantly impact the most pressing challenges of our digital world.”

  • About Team8

    Team8 is a venture group solving problems of magnitude. Leveraging its in-depth research capabilities and extensive C-level executive network, the group identifies disruptive technologies that enable businesses to reap the benefits of digital transformation in an agile and secure manner. Team8 is backed by some of the world’s most renowned businesses including Cisco, Microsoft, AT&T, Walmart, Airbus, Softbank, Accenture, Qualcomm, Moody’s, Munich-Re, Dimension Data, Nokia and Scotiabank. For more information, please visit www.team8.vc.

  • Sponsorship

    The fellowship is sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, a Tulsa-based charitable organization that has long supported educational opportunities, social services and civic enhancements – among other worthy projects. This fellowship is part of a wider innovative initiative by GKFF drawing upon innovation in the Tulsa region.

    “TU is a crucial institution for the Tulsa community and is a center of excellence for cyber leaders in the nation,” said GKFF Senior Program Officer, Ben Stewart. “GKFF is pleased to support this initiative that will contribute to graduates remaining invested in Tulsa’s community for the long-term.”