Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships provide generous support to exceptional students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences. The foundation seeks gifted and innovative young scientists who possess the potential to change our world for the better by solving difficult, real-world problems.
Hertz Fellows must choose one of two options for receiving benefits at one of a number of elite host institutions in the U.S. Both options involve a full cost-of-education allowance paid directly to a recipient’s university and a personal stipend of between $34,000 and $40,000 per academic year, for up to five years of study.
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.