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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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Deadline: 10/27/23 11:59 PM PST Save

Grant Description
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. Eligible applicants must intend to direct their studies toward understanding and solving major, near-term problems facing society.

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

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.


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.

Applicants who are not a US citizen must show proof of Application for Citizenship or their Permanent Resident card if they advance through selection to the interview phase. All applicants are asked to make a moral commitment to make their skills available to the United States in times of national emergency.

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 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.

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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
2024 Hertz Fellowship Information Session:

On Thursday, August 17, at 6:00 p.m Eastern, join Hertz Fellowship Director Derek Haseltine and Hertz Fellows Nikhil Bhattasali, Bailey Flanigan, and Jane Wang for an online information session to learn more about this unique doctoral funding opportunity and receive advice from foundation leadership and fellowship recipients to help prepare your application. You can sign up using the registration form below, and you will be sent a Zoom link with more details.

If you have any questions you'd like answered at the event, please submit them at For other questions about the fellowship or event, please email

To register:

Pre-Application Information
The Hertz Fellowship application is open from Monday, August 14, 2023, until the deadline on Friday, October 27, 2023, at 11:59 pm PST.

The first round of interviewees are selected by early November. You should hear from the Foundation regarding your application status by mid-November.

After the application closes on Friday, October 28, 2022, applicants who advance beyond pre-selection will be invited to first round interviews (virtual) in December 2022 and January 2023. Second round interviews (in-person) for select finalists will be conducted in February 2023. Fellows will be selected in late March 2023 and announced publicly in May 2023. Funding for the selected Hertz Fellows will begin in fall 2023.

The deadline for submitting recommender evaluations is Monday, October 31, 2022, at 6:00 pm PST.

One of the requirements of the Hertz fellowship is that fellowship schools must be in the United States. 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 their best to work with your school to negotiate an agreement. Fellows may also change to another participating school at any time during their fellowship.

When to apply: The Hertz Fellowship will fund only the PhD portion of an MD/PhD program. The Foundation encourages students to apply during the year before starting the PhD portion of an MD/PhD program. You are eligible to apply either the year before you plan to begin your dissertation research, the PhD portion of your program, or during your first year of the PhD portion.

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Estimated Size of Grant
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
- $38,000/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 funding entity, the Foundation will coordinate with that organization or 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 $44,000/nine-month personal stipend
- NSF period: $9,000/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
The fellowship includes up to five years of funding.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have any question or need technical support, email the fellowship team at

The Hertz Foundation
6701 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 250
Pleasanton, CA 94566

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