Deadline: October 23, 2020

Applications for the Hertz Foundation Fellowship Programme 2021 are now open. The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and lifelong professional support for the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology.

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 their vibrant community of more than 1200 fellows, a set of peers who span disciplines, generations, and geography.


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 Hertz 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


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.
  • They do not award fellowships to applicants pursuing professional degrees other than a PhD, such as an MD, JD, MBA, DPH, or DVM. However, they will support the PhD portion of an MD/PhD program.


  • The application will allow you to upload multiple documents. Please limit the size to 5MB per document.
  • They expect that all of your letters of recommendations will use the Hertz Foundation’s format. Please register your four references using the online application.
  • You can submit more than four letters of recommendation. However, any additional letters must be submitted as supplemental information and will not carry as much weight as your primary four references.
  • Applicants should read the FAQs.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Hertz Foundation.

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