Get up to $250,000 for Graduate Students in the US in the Hertz Foundation Fellowship Program 2021

For graduate students in science and technology, apply for the Hertz Fellowship to receive financial and lifelong professional support. 

Fellows successfully selected for the program will receive up to five years of funding, valued at up to $250,000, and have the means to pursue innovative projects. 

In addition, fellows will be assigned to  mentors, attend symposia, and workshops with access to a network of more than 1200 fellows, a set of peers across diverse disciplines, creed, and geography.

Application Deadline: October 23, 2020.


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The Hertz Fellowship benefits package includes a cost-of-education and personal allowance of up to $250,000 funding.

In addition, 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
    • For Fellows who receive a fellowship, scholarship, or grant offer from another institution, the Hertz Foundation will coordinate with that institution to make sure such Fellows can take advantage of each offer and receive the maximum possible compensation.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • Be college seniors, first-year graduate students, or in a gap year preparing to apply to graduate school
  • Intend to pursue a Ph.D. in
    • Applied physical and biological sciences, 
    • Mathematics, or
    • Engineering.
  • Intend to direct their studies toward understanding and solving major, near-term problems facing society.


  • Applicants pursuing professional degrees other than a PhD, such as an MD, JD, MBA, DPH, or DVM will not be considered for the fellowship. However, the PhD portion of an MD/PhD program will be supported.
  • The Hertz Foundation has established a standard agreement with over 40 participating graduate schools to coordinate paying the stipend, tuition, and other costs for its fellows:
    • Arizona State University
    • California Institute of Technology
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Columbia University
    • Cornell University
    • Duke University
    • Emory University
    • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Harvard University
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Lehigh University
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • New York University
    • Northwestern University
    • Ohio State University
    • Pennsylvania State University
    • Princeton University
    • Purdue University
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Rice University
    • Stanford University
    • State University of New York at Stony Brook
    • Texas A&M University
    • The Scripps Research Institute
    • University of Arizona
    • University of California, Berkeley
    • University of California, Davis
    • University of California, Irvine
    • University of California, Los Angeles
    • University of California, Riverside
    • University of California, San Diego
    • University of California, San Francisco
    • University of California, Santa Barbara
    • University of California, Santa Cruz
    • University of Chicago
    • University of Colorado Boulder
    • University of Colorado Denver
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • University of Maryland
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
    • University of Rochester
    • University of Southern California
    • University of Texas at Austin
    • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    • University of Washington
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Vanderbilt University
    • Washington University in St. Louis
    • Yale University
  • Fellows may also change to another participating school at any time during their fellowship.
  • Individuals awarded a fellowship without their schools on the list of participating schools may ask to have them added to the list, and work will be put in with the schools to negotiate an agreement.

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Application Instructions

To apply for the 2021 Hertz Foundation Fellowship Program, 

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About the Hertz Foundation Fellowship Program

The Hertz Fellowship is a program that provides monetary and professional aid for the outstanding graduate students in science and technology.

With its belief that science and technology should make a positive impact on the nation, the Hertz Foundation is a public charity committed to empowering young minds who will put their talents to work when it matters most. 

Fellows will be required to make a nonbinding moral commitment to make their skills available to the United States in times of national emergency.

Discover more opportunities from the Hertz Foundation. 

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for applications is 23rd of October, 2020.

Fellowships will not be awarded based on an applicant’s particular field of study; however, it’s required that applicants direct their work toward understanding and solving major, near-term problems facing society.

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