Fellowship in Global Health & Development

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About The Fellowship

Gates Foundation logoThe Fannie and John Hertz Foundation is proud to offer a Fellowship in Global Health and Development, which was made possible by a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This program includes an internship at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is a joint effort between the two foundations to identify and nurture Hertz Fellows who have demonstrated a commitment to addressing global health and development issues.

“The Hertz Foundation believes that investing in people and partnerships can have transformational impact. We launched the Hertz Fellowships in Global Health and Development because innovations in science, mathematics and engineering can accelerate and change the way we tackle the wide range of health and development challenges faced by people around the world.” - Robbee Baker Kosak, President, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation.

For more from our President, check out her blog post.


What To Expect

The Hertz Fellowships in Global Health and Development provides another avenue for the Hertz Foundation to continue its singular mission to identify and support the next generation of scientific leaders and innovators in the United States. In addition to receiving all the benefits of the Hertz Fellowship, recipients will serve as interns with the global health and global development teams at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for two summers. The goal of this program is two-fold: To provide these top students in science, engineering and math with hands-on opportunities to learn about global health issues more deeply via work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s teams and to inspire Fellows to contribute to these global challenges in ways that can have lasting impact.

Apply today!


Meet The First Global Health and Development Fellowship Recipients

The first two recipients of the new Fellowship are Rebecca Carlson and Alyssa Ferris. Rebecca and Alyssa are new Hertz Fellows this year and they are well-prepared to tackle this new challenge. Both are bioengineering students, with Rebecca focusing on computational and experimental methods to study autoimmune diseases, and Alyssa focusing on using genetic and bioinformatics to solve practical problems in agriculture—such as improving the nutritional content of crops. They are excited to gain some first-hand experience with a non-profit leading the way in global health.

For more details, read the press release.

Rebecca Carlson

Rebecca Carlson will pursue her PhD in bioengineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the fall. As an undergrad studying chemica ... more >>>

Alyssa Ferris

Alyssa Ferris is a bioengineering PhD student at Stanford University. Her broad interest is using synthetic biology to design and model genetic c ... more >>>




Additional Work in Global Health and Development
The Hertz Foundation has a 60-year history of supporting brilliant minds in their quest to make breakthrough discoveries and change the world. Now is the right time for us to launch this new Fellowship because we firmly believe that technology and innovation can make positive impacts on global health and development. So do these Hertz Fellows.

Hertz Legacy in Global Health and Development
This is just the beginning of the Hertz Foundation opening the gates to improve global health and development. Check back in with us as we highlight more amazing Fellows and achievements in global health and development!


Anna Bershteyn, PhD

Anna Bershteyn is senior research manager at Intellectual Venture’s Institute for Disease Modeling, where she is currently developing mathe ... more >>>

Erez Lieberman-Aiden

Erez studied in applied mathematics at Harvard and as a student at the Harvard–MIT Division of Health Science and Technology. His work integr ... more >>>

Philip (Eckhoff) Welkhoff, PhD

Philip (Eckhoff) Welkhoff is the director of research for the disease modeling team at Intellectual Ventures’ Institute for Disease Modeling. ... more >>>

Katherine Xue
Katherine Xue is broadly interested in evolutionary biology and has worked on research projects in biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular genetics. ... more >>>



Find out how you can become a Fellow!
Contact: Robbee Kosak Email or call 925.373.1642