Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

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AY 2020-21 is closed

Start Date: 

AY 2020-21


5 years; renewable yearly contingent upon satisfactory academic progress



Area of Interest: 

Biomedical Sciences
Engineering, Computer Science, and Applied Sciences
Physical Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences




We are a tax exempt, not-for profit organization which 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.

Each year the Foundation conducts a national competition for new Hertz Fellows. Of those who apply, only about one quarter will be interviewed. Of those who are interviewed, approximately one in ten will be awarded a Hertz Fellowship.

We look to support the graduate education of America's most promising technical talent, the Ph.D.-directed effort of the young men and women who can be expected to have the greatest impact on the application of the physical sciences to human problems during the next half-century. If you reasonably believe that you are one of these, we cordially invite your Fellowship application.

The Graduate Fellowships of the Hertz Foundation are widely considered to be among the most prestigious offered anywhere. The Foundation's standing policy is that they will be structured to be the most attractive in their class in both material terms and duration of tenure.

Over the past seven years, successful candidates for Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships have been awarded their undergraduate degrees from a very diverse group of schools.



Successful applicants have the choice of two Fellowship options:

Option 1 - Funding from Hertz Foundation only
$34,000/ 9-month personal stipend
Full tuition equivalent
Renewable annually for up to 5 years
$5,000/ year additional stipend for Fellows with dependent children

Option 2 - Coordination with Other Major Fellowship
Often Hertz awardees are also chosen to receive fellowship support from other sources. Hertz supports acceptance of multiple awards and works with each awardee, on an individual basis, to ensure compliance with all funding agencies.

One example of a Coordinated Fellowship:
Coordination with a 3-Year NSF Fellowship
Hertz Period: Full tuition equivalent and $40,000/9-month personal stipend
NSF Period: $8,000/ year supplemental stipend from Hertz
Renewable for up to 5 years
$5,000/ year additional stipend for Fellows with dependent children

Other Fellowship Period - Up to Three Years
- $5,000/ year supplemental stipend from Hertz
- Requires Awardee to accept a 3-year Fellowship from another source

The Five-Year Hertz Fellowship award (Option 1) is renewable annually (upon a showing of satisfactory progress toward receipt of the Ph.D. degree) for a total Fellowship tenure of no more than five years.



Aerospace Engineering
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Aerospace Engineering
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2456 Research Drive
Livermore, CA 94550



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