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Hertz Fellowship

Provides support for students pursuing graduate study with an emphasis in applied science.


The Hertz Foundation provides fellowships tenable at over 40 of the nation’s finest universities for graduate work leading to award of the Ph.D. degree in applications of the physical sciences (i.e. applied physics, applied chemistry, applied mathematics, applied modern biology and all areas of engineering).  Fellows are expected to generate solutions to problems of comparatively near-term, widespread human interest.


SEE ALSO:  Goldwater Scholarship, DOD Graduate Fellowships, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, DHS Graduate Fellowship, NIH Graduate Partnerships Program, DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Selection Criteria

The Foundation screens Fellowship applicants for qualities the Foundation believes are essential ingredients of future professional accomplishment and/or reasonably reliable leading indicators of future professional success.  These include:

  • Exceptional intelligence and creativity with particular emphasis on those aspects pertinent to technical endeavors;

  • Excellent technical education evidenced not only by transcripts and reference reports from senior technical professionals, but also by the results of a personal, technical interview;

  • Orientation and commitment to the applications of the physical sciences;

  • Extraordinary accomplishment in technical or related professional studies, which may offset slightly lower academic records, or add luster to outstanding ones;

  • Features of temperament or character conducive to high attainment as a technical professional;

  • Appropriate moral and ethical values;

  • Leverage, i.e. what difference the award of the Hertz Fellowship is likely to make in the kind, quality, and/or personal creativity of the student’s graduate research.


Applicants must:

  • Be students of the applied physical sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States;

  • Be willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the U.S. in time of national emergency;

  • Be college seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation or graduate students already in the process of doing so.


The Hertz Fellowship is a full tuition award that also provides an annual $31,000 living stipend.


The Hertz Fellowship is renewable for up to five years.

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Hertz Fellowship