The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and lifelong professional support for the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology. The Hertz Foundation awards fellowships to graduate students pursuing a PhD in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering.
The fellowship includes up to five years of funding and the freedom to pursue innovative projects wherever they may lead. In addition, fellows take part in ongoing mentoring, symposia, and workshops with a vibrant community of more than 1200 fellows, a set of peers who span disciplines, generations, and geography. Access to career development curricula, individualized mentorship, and networking opportunities accelerate the growth of Hertz fellows during their doctoral training and throughout their careers.
To receive fellowship funding, students must be enrolled full-time in one of the Hertz Foundation's approved participating schools. For a list of participating schools, see https://www.hertzfoundation.org/the-fellowship/eligibility-benefits/#participating-schools.
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.