Fannie and John Hertz Foundation —
Five-year Graduate Fellowship

Note to PIs:  The following program summary is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It does not replace the sponsor’s actual funding opportunity announcement. Always review the most recent version of the sponsor’s full announcement to verify that the deadline has not changed and to identify the most current program requirements.

About the fellowship

The Hertz Foundation does not award fellowships based on an applicant’s particular field of study; however, it 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.


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.

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, it will support the PhD portion of an MD/PhD program.

Award amount

  • $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

In addition, fellows take part in ongoing mentoring, symposia, and workshops with our vibrant community of more than 1200 fellows, a set of peers who span disciplines, generations, and geography.

Award period

Up to five (5) years.

Application deadline

Applications for the 2021 Hertz Fellowship are now closed. The Hertz Fellowship application season opens in August each year.

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Last updated:  July 2021.