Endowed and Named Fellowships

Leave a Lasting Legacy

PARTNER WITH US: NAME OR ENDOW A FELLOWSHIP

“Freedom to Innovate” isn’t just the motto of the Hertz Foundation; it is our core belief. The Hertz Fellowships are widely considered to be among the most prestigious in the United States because of its rigorous, two-phase interview process and its generosity. It is the only national fellowship program that provides five years of full tuition-equivalent and stipend support.

Hertz Fellowship recipients are granted total research freedom throughout the five years in pursuit of their PhD. As a result, as their research interests grow and mature, it is not uncommon for these talented and creative young researchers to change research direction, research groups, fields and/or even institutions, all in pursuit of the most compelling and interesting research issues in their fields.

Named and endowed fellowships are two ways in which Hertz Foundation donors can support students’ “freedom to innovate,” up-close and personal. Donors who support fellowships will meet their recipient/s and receive periodic updates on their research, and also be recognized via publication citations. Both named and endowed fellowships also can be named to honor any person or organization the donor wishes to recognize.

    • Named Fellowship—an investment of $250,000 or $50,000 annually for five years—fully funds one PhD student.
    • Endowed Fellowship—an investment of $1M—ensures support for a new Hertz Fellow, every 5 years, in perpetuity. It provides a lasting legacy to the donor or anyone the donor chooses to name.
    • By June 30, 2018, the Foundation has set a target to create 60 new Named Fellowships via it’s “60 Fellowship Initiative.” Currently, 31 have been created.

To help us identify and support the next generation of leaders in applied science and engineering by naming or endowing a Fellowship, please contact Jayne Putnam Iafrate, Sr. Director of Development, at 925-583-2411.

  • Endowed Fellowship Donor
    The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Board of Directors
    • Peter Strauss Fellowship
  • Endowed Fellowship Donor
    Ray Sidney Hertz Fellow 1995
    • Big George Ventures Fellowship
      • Ruby Lai   Stanford University   2013 - present
    • Professor Silvio Micali Fellowship
      • Ben Mildenhall   University of California, Berkeley   2015 - present
  • Endowed Fellowship Donor
    Anonymous
    • Wepsic Fellowship
      • Brian Lawrence   California Institute of Technology   2012 - present
  • Endowed Fellowship Matching Donors
    John C. Mather Hertz Fellow 1974
    Ray Sidney Hertz Fellow 1995
    • Jane and John Mather Fellowship
      • Matthew Brown   University of California, Santa Barbara   2014 - present
  • Endowed Fellowship Matching Donors
    Ray Sidney Hertz Fellow 1995
    Wakerly Fund
    • Professor Daniel Stroock Fellowship
      • Cole Graham   Stanford University   2015 - present
  • Endowed Fellowship Matching Donors
    Ray Sidney Hertz Fellow 1995
    Wakerly Fund
    • Professor Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa Fellowship
  • Endowed Fellowship Matching Donors
    Nahum Guzik
    Wakerly Fund
    • Guzik Foundation Fellowship
      • Ian McKay   Stanford University   2014 - present
  • Named Fellowship Donor
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Hertz Fellowships in Global Health and Development
      • Rebecca Carlson   Massachusetts Institute of Technology   2017 - present
  • Named Fellowship Donor
    Google
    • Google Fellowship (1)
    • Google Fellowship (2)
    • Google Fellowship (3)
    • Google Fellowship (4)
      • Amy Ousterhout   Massachusetts Institute of Technology   2013 - present
    • Google Fellowship (5)
      • Laura Herlant   Carnegie Mellon University   2014 - present
  • Named Fellowship Donor
    Harold and Ruth Newman
    • Harold and Ruth Newman Family Fellowship (1)
    • Harold and Ruth Newman Family Fellowship (2)
      • James Pelletier   Massachusetts Institute of Technology   2013 - present
  • Named Fellowship Donor
    The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Board of Directors
    • Hans Mark Fellowship
      • Ashvin Bashyam   Massachusetts Institute of Technology   2014 - present
    • Wilson Talley Fellowship
  • Named Fellowship Donor
    Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc
    • Hertz-Draper Named Fellowship (1)
    • Hertz-Draper Named Fellowship (2)
  • Named Fellowship Donor
    Nathan P. Myhrvold Hertz Fellow 1984
    • The Myhrvold and Havranek Family Charible Fund Fellowship (1)
    • The Myhrvold and Havranek Family Charible Fund Fellowship (2)
      • Yun William Yu   Massachusetts Institute of Technology   2012 - 2017
    • The Myhrvold and Havranek Family Charible Fund Fellowship (3)
  • Named Fellowship Donor
    Paul M. Young Hertz Fellow 1991
    • Lowell Wood Fellowship
      • Emily Davis   Stanford University   2014 - present


If you are interested in endowing a Fellowship or discussing other special gift opportunities
Contact: Jayne Iafrate Email or call 925.583.2411
Thank you for joining us! Every gift matters!