Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Now Accepting Graduate Fellowship Applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

August 15, 2017

Recipients will be Eligible for the New Hertz Fellowship in Global Health and Development, Made Possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

LIVERMORE, CA – August 15, 2017 – The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering America’s most brilliant minds in science, mathematics and engineering, today announced it is now accepting applicants for the Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award. The Hertz Foundation is the only organization in the United States that supports PhD candidates for a full five years at one of the Foundation’s numerous partner institutions and grants students in applied sciences, mathematics and engineering total research freedom, ensuring that each Fellow is able to pursue the most compelling, cutting-edge research. Those who are awarded the Hertz Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year will also be eligible for a new opportunity: The Hertz Fellowship in Global Health and Development. This new program has been made possible by a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and includes an internship at the Gates Foundation, signifying the 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 has an unparalleled track record for identifying leaders, disruptors and shapers of science, mathematics and engineering in our country,” said Robbee Baker Kosak, president, Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. “We seek students who share our commitment to innovation and finding solutions to the most challenging real-world problems. We are looking forward to meeting this year’s applicants and discovering the extraordinary potential they each possess.”

The Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. Fellowship recipients also join the prestigious Hertz Community and will have access to on-going mentoring and unique learning experiences with alumni scholars, entrepreneurs and scientific leaders. The Hertz Community helps expose Fellows to a variety of scientific fields, opens the door for cross-disciplinary collaborations, and provides an invaluable network of peers and leaders.

In addition to academic excellence, the Hertz Foundation screens applicants for qualities the Foundation believes are essential ingredients to becoming a great innovator: Creativity, drive, deep technical knowledge and intellectual curiosity. Interviews are conducted by leaders in their respective fields, making the interview portion of the application a key differentiator for the Foundation and adding to the appeal for applicants. The interview process ensures the Foundation’s ability to select only the truly exceptional applicants and has greatly contributed to the extraordinary caliber of the Hertz Fellow legacy. To date, Hertz Fellows collectively possess more than 3,000 patents, have founded more than 200 companies and have received more than 200 major national and international awards, including two Nobel Prizes, eight Breakthrough Prizes, a Fields Medal, and a Turing Award.

The Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award application deadline is October 27, 2017.

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Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation is a not-for-profit organization changing the world around us by granting freedom of American scientific research and innovation through fellowship and financial support. Celebrating 60 years in 2017, the Hertz Fellowship is the most exclusive fellowship program in the world. Our 1,200 Hertz Fellows are the leaders, shapers and disruptors of American science, engineering and mathematics. For more information on the Hertz Foundation and the innovations led by our Hertz Fellows please visit