Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships are for students of the applied physical sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency. College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation (see below), as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply. See the list of tenable graduate schools, below.  Complete information, including the application, is available on the website.

This application deadline is October 31.

Tenable Fields of Study

The Foundation supports graduate students working towards the Ph.D. degree in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. These fields include applied mathematics, statistics, and quantitative aspects of modern biology.

Here, "applied" is broadly construed to mean fields of endeavor in which one applies, invents, and/or develops results from the basic physical sciences to generate solutions to problems of comparatively near-term, widespread human interest.

The Foundation's efforts complement the applied physical sciences portion of the NSF's graduate fellowship program (and the Foundation coordinates with the NSF periodically). The Foundation does not support study in pursuit of the M.D. Degree or work in descriptive biology, although it may support the Ph.D. portion of a joint M.D./Ph.D. study program.

The following is an illustrative (but not exclusive) list of the fields in which we have recently supported Hertz Fellows. Note, however, that it is up to each fellowship applicant to advocate to us his or her specific field of interest as an "applied physical science".

Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Physics and Astronomy
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Earth and Geo Sciences
Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Nuclear Engineering
Materials Science
Quantitative Biology and Bio-Engineering
Tenable Schools
The Foundation carefully evaluates, on a continuing basis, the quality of the environment for education in the applications of the physical sciences provided by leading schools in the United States. At present, the Foundation has administrative arrangements for its Fellows to hold tenure of their Fellowships at the following schools:
School City State
Arizona State University Tempe Arizona
California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
Carnegie-Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Columbia University New York New York
Cornell University Ithaca New York
Duke University Durham North Carolina
Emory University Atlanta Georgia
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
New York University New York New York
Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
Ohio State University Columbus Ohio
Pennsylvania State University University Park Pennsylvania
Polytechnic University Brooklyn New York
Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
Purdue University West Layfayette Indiana
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy New York
Rice University Houston Texas
Scripps Research Institute La Jolla California
Stanford University Stanford California
Stony Brook University Stony Brook New York
Texas A & M University College Station Texas
University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
University of California, Davis Davis California
University of California, Davis/Livermore Livermore California
University of California, Irvine Irvine California
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
University of California, Merced Merced California
University of California, Riverside Riverside California
University of California, San Diego La Jolla California
University of California, San Francisco San Francisco California
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz California
University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder Colorado
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Illinois
University of Maryland College Park Maryland
University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan
University of Minnesota Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota
University of Rochester Rochester New York
University of Southern California Los Angeles California
University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
University of Washington Seattle Washington
University of Wisconsin Madison Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
Yale University New Haven Connecticut