The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and lifelong professional support for the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology.
The fellowship includes up to five years of funding, valued at up to $250,000, and the freedom to pursue innovative projects wherever they may lead. In addition, fellows take part in ongoing mentoring, symposia, and workshops with our vibrant community of more than 1200 fellows, a set of peers who span disciplines, generations, and geography.
The foundation screens applicants for qualities it believes are essential ingredients and/or reliable indicators of future professional achievement. These include exceptional intelligence and creativity, excellent technical education, genuine commitment to the applications of the physical sciences, and temperament inclined to high attainments.
All eligible applicants must:
be college seniors, first-year graduate students, or in a gap year preparing to apply to graduate school;
intend to pursue a PhD in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering;
intend to direct their studies toward understanding and solving major, near-term problems facing society; and
be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Fellowships are not awarded to applicants pursuing professional degrees other than a PhD, such as an MD, JD, MBA, DPH, or DVM. However, we will support the PhD portion of an MD/PhD program.