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 Fellowships
    • Professor Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa Fellowship
      Donors: Ray Sidney, Hertz Fellow 1995, and the Wakerly Fund
    • Big George Ventures Fellowship
      Donor: Ray Sidney, Hertz Fellow 1995
      • Ruby Lai  Stanford University  2013 - present

    • Guzik Foundation Fellowship
      Donors: Nahum Guzik and the Wakerly Fund
      • Ian McKay  Stanford University  2014 - present

    • Jane and John Mather Fellowship
      Donors: John C. Mather, Hertz Fellow 1974, and Ray Sidney, Hertz Fellow 1995
      • Matthew Brown  University of California, Santa Barbara  2014 - present

    • Professor Silvio Micali Fellowship
      Donor: Ray Sidney, Hertz Fellow 1995
      • Ben Mildenhall  University of California, Berkeley  2015 - present

    • Peter Strauss Fellowship
      Designated by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Board of Directors
    • Professor Daniel Stroock Fellowship
      Donors: Ray Sidney, Hertz Fellow 1995, and the Wakerly Fund
    • Wepsic Fellowship
      Donor: Anonymous
  • Named Fellowships
    • Google Fellowship
      Donor:Google
      • Amy Ousterhout  Massachusetts Institute of Technology  2013 - present
      • Asmamaw Wassie  Massachusetts Institute of Technology  2014 - present

    • Hertz Fellowships in Global Health and Development
      Donor: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Hertz-Draper Fellowship
      Donor: Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc
    • Hans Mark Fellowship
      Designated by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Board of Directors
      • Ashvin Bashyam  Massachusetts Institute of Technology  2014 - present

    • The Myhrvold and Havranek Family Charible Fund Fellowship
      Donors: The Myhrvold and Havranek Family Charitable Fund
      • Yun William Yu  Massachusetts Institute of Technology  2012 - 2017

    • Harold and Ruth Newman Family Fellowship
      Donors: Harold and Ruth Newman
    • Wilson Talley Fellowship
      Designated by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Board of Directors
    • Lowell Wood Fellowship
      Donor: Paul M. Young, Hertz Fellow 1991


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!