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Fellowships to USA Individuals to Pursue Doctoral Degrees in
Mathematics, Science, or Engineering at Eligible IHEs

Hertz Fellowship

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Hertz Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/29/21 11:59 PM PST


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Fellowships to USA individuals planning to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematics, science, or engineering at eligible IHEs throughout the country. This program is open to college seniors, individuals in a gap year applying to graduate school, and first-year graduate students.

The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and lifelong professional support for the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology.

The fellowship includes funding 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 Hertz Foundation awards fellowships to graduate students pursuing a PhD in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering.

The Foundation does not award fellowships based on an applicant’s particular field of study; however, the Foundation does require that applicants direct their work toward understanding and solving major, near-term problems facing society. For each applicant, that could mean something different—inventing a new technology, developing a business, or applying their interests in innovative ways.

It’s up to the applicant to advocate for their specific field of study and demonstrate how it will be applied to address real-world challenges with the greatest impact.

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GrantWatch ID#: 192579

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The Hertz Fellowship compensation package includes a cost-of-education allowance and a personal stipend valued at up to $250,000.

Fellows have two options for receiving their fellowship compensation.

Option 1: Funding from the Hertz Foundation Only
- $34,000/nine-month personal stipend
- Full tuition equivalent
- Renewable annually for up to five years
- $5,000/year stipend for fellows with dependent children

Option 2: Coordination with Another Awarding Institution
If you receive a fellowship, scholarship, or grant offer from another institution, the Foundation will coordinate with that institution to make sure you can take advantage of each offer and receive the maximum possible compensation.
Example: Three year fellowship with the National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Hertz Foundation period: Full tuition equivalent and $40,000/nine-month personal stipend
- NSF period: $8,000/year supplemental stipend from Hertz Foundation
- Renewable annually for up to five years
- $5,000/year stipend for fellows with dependent children

Term of Contract:

Up to five years of funding

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

The foundation does not award fellowships to applicants pursuing professional degrees other than a PhD, such as an MD, JD, MBA, DPH, or DVM. However, the Foundation will support the PhD portion of an MD/PhD program.

Anti-Discrimination Notice: The foundation does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

The Foundation generally does not award fellowships to students after their first year of graduate school, except in rare cases where the fellowship will make an exceptional difference in the kind, quality, or creativity of the applicant’s graduate research. There have been only two such cases in the last 10 years.

To receive fellowship funding, students must be enrolled full-time in one of the Hertz Foundation's approved participating schools. If you’re awarded a fellowship and your school is not on the list of participating schools, you may ask to have it added to the list, and the Foundation will do its best to work with your school to negotiate an agreement. Fellows may also change to another participating school at any time during their fellowship.

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Pre-Application Information:

The Hertz Fellowship application opens on Monday, August 16, 2021, and the deadline is Friday, October 29, 2021, at 11:59 pm PST.

After the application closes on Friday, October 29, 2021, applicants who advance beyond pre-selection will be invited to first round interviews (virtual) in December 2021 and January 2022. Second round interviews (in-person) for select finalists will be conducted in February 2022. Fellows will be selected in late March 2022 and announced publicly in May 2022 Funding for the selected Hertz Fellows will begin in fall 2022.


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