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A Sound Investment in America’s R&D Future

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation identifies, develops, and inspires those who will solve national and world problems through innovative research and groundbreaking entrepreneurial contributions. The Foundation’s PhD Fellowships are widely considered to be among the most prestigious in the United States. Moreover, it is the only national fellowship program that provides five years of full tuition-equivalent and nine-month stipend support. Hertz recipients are granted total research freedom throughout the five years in pursuit of their PhD degree. 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 promising research issues of their day. Only the Hertz Fellowship makes this freedom possible.

The Hertz Fellowship—currently valued at $250,000 over a five-year period—supports approximately 70 PhD candidates in any given academic year. However, the foundation identifies two to three times more worthy Hertz candidates than we are able to fund each year. Our goal is to fully fund all worthy candidates because this unparalleled investment in people and ideas has netted dividends beyond imagination. Though they begin their academic careers in the nation’s top universities, Hertz Fellows go on to pursue innovative research and entrepreneurial ideas in a broad range of industrial, academic, governmental and nonprofit settings. They invent ideas, products and new fields of study. They seek to eradicate disease and strengthen national security. They lead military commands. They teach the next generation of innovators. Hertz Fellows are setting and achieving the audacious goals that change the world.

Hertz Fellows’ achievements include:

  • Two MacArthur fellows
  • One recipient each of the Fields Medal and Turing Award
  • One recipient each of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology
  • 3,000 patent holders
  • Eight Breakthrough Prizes
  • More than 100 military officers
  • More than 200 companies founded
  • Three university presidents
  • 22 Churchill Scholars
  • 12 Packard Scholars
  • And many more recognitions


Contact: Jayne Putnam Iafrate, CFRE Email or call 925.583.2411