Find the answers to common questions about membership in the Academic Initiative program.
- How do I reset my password?
- What should I do if I have forgotten my user ID or the answer to my secret question?
Why do I need an Academic Initiative user ID and
Some valuable resources on the IBM Academic Initiative site are only available to members. You will need a user ID and password to access these resources, which include software and courseware downloads.
Who can join the Academic Initiative?
IBM Academic Initiative membership is open to faculty and research professionals at accredited institutions of higher education and to IBM employees all over the globe. Membership is granted on an individual basis. There is no limit on the number of members at an institution that can join.
What is an accredited institution?
An accredited institution is one that is publicly or privately funded and can be defined by one the following:
What does it cost to join the Academic Initiative?
Academic Initiative membership and the majority of its benefits are available at no charge. This includes the capability to download selected IBM products, technology, and courseware, plus discounts on selected IBM professional certification tests, remote access to certain hardware systems, participation in technical webcasts, and much more.
What are the benefits of joining?
The IBM Academic Initiative provides its members with access to IBM software and courseware materials for teaching, learning, and non-commercial research. Members can download a wide variety of IBM and open source products and technologies, at no charge. Members can also access a wealth of information to learn about these products and technologies, incorporate them in your curricula, and connect with others members who are using them.
How can I join the IBM Academic Initiative?
You can join the IBM Academic Initiative by completing a two-step process described in Becoming a member.
Step 1. Create your universal IBM user ID and password that will enable you to become a member of the Academic Initiative.
Step 2. Submit the IBM Academic Initiative membership application form that provides more information about you, your institution, and the courses you teach. (You need to complete Step 1 and have an IBM user ID and password before proceeding with this step.) In some countries, a hard-copy application is required to be printed, signed, and mailed in. After completing this step, most applicants will receive an e-mail from IBM granting provisional membership. Some applicants may receive a second e-mail requesting further information.
Be sure to read and understand the IBM Academic Initiative program agreement for your country. You must agree to the program agreement as part of the membership application and terms of the program.
How long does it take for my membership to be approved?
In many countries, after you submit your application in Step 2, you will quickly be granted provisional membership into the program, subject to validation of your role at your institution. If we need additional information from you to validate your role, we will contact you; otherwise your membership will be approved without further notification.
Some countries also require an additional review or require a hard copy of the signed agreement. In these cases, it will take longer for your membership to be approved. If you are applying in one of these countries, you might be contacted by an IBM Academic Initiative representative for additional details. The countries that require a hard copy of the signed agreements are indicated with an asterisk (*) next to the country name on the Program agreement page.
Is there a limit to how many members per institution can
There is no limit to the number of authorized members per institution that can join the Academic Initiative.
How long does the membership last?
Membership in the IBM Academic Initiative is active for one year. Twice a year, you will be asked to provide information to renew your membership and extend it for an additional 12-month period.
What do I do if I applied for membership but I
am still unable to access
protected sections of the site?
One of two things might be causing this:
How do I renew my membership?
To renew your membership, go to Renewing your membership. After specifying your affiliation and logging in, you will be asked to provide information such as which IBM products and courseware you use, which courses you teach, and the number of students in your classes. You will receive an e-mail reminder to submit this information every six months. Upon submission, your membership will be extended an additional 12-month period.
Can my Academic Initiative membership be
You may cancel your membership at any time by notifying IBM by e-mail.
IBM may cancel your membership if it is determined that you no longer qualify for the offering. If you or IBM cancels your membership, you may continue to use the products you have received under this initiative according to the terms under which you enrolled. You will not be eligible for membership renewal, software upgrades, or technical support.