Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships provide generous support to exceptional students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences. In its own words, 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 $31,000 and $36,000 per academic year, for up to five years of study.
Hertz Fellowship candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and students of the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences. Graduating college seniors and recent graduates who are about to enroll in a suitable graduate program are eligible, as are Ph.D. students in the early phases of their graduate studies. All candidates must be willing to make a moral commitment of their skills to serving the U.S. in times of national emergency.
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.