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Herz Foundation Graduate Fellowships

Apply through Independent Application Process

Internal Deadline: none - see website for annual deadline, usually October

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The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship is designed to foster the graduate-level studies of excellent young men and women who will likely become leaders in scientific and technological advances, exemplars of teaching skills in the applied physical sciences, and key contributors to the technological capability on which the well-being of the United States depends.

Successful candidates have the choice of two award options:

  1. A $32,000 stipend for nine months, plus a cost of education allowance paid to the graduate educational institution in lieu of tuition and fees, renewable for up to five years or
  2. A two-year $38,000 nine-month stipend and cost of education allowance, also in lieu of tuition and fees

Fellows must attend one of the Foundation's participating schools, or must petition the Foundation to include a school that he/she desires to attend.


Graduating seniors and first-year graduate students in any area of applied science may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students applying to medical school or those in joint professional degree programs are not eligible, (although the Foundation may support the Ph.D. portion of a joint M.D./Ph.D. study program).

Selection Criteria

Exceptional Intelligence and Creativity
with particular emphasis on those aspects pertinent to technical endeavors.

Excellent Technical Education
evidenced not only by transcripts and reference reports from senior technical professionals, but also by the results of a personal, technical interview.

Orientation and Commitment to the applications of the physical sciences
as is typical of most applicants.

Extraordinary Accomplishment in technical or related professional studies
which may offset slightly lower academic records, or add luster to outstanding ones.

Features of Temperament and Character conducive to high attainment as a technical professional
the assessment of which is difficult, albeit important to the Foundation.

Appropriate moral and ethical values
of considerable interest to the Foundation in the furthering of our basic goals.

what difference the award of the Hertz Fellowship is likely to make in the kind, quality, and/or personal creativity of the student's graduate research.

Application Procedure

In addition to the online application, applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Transcripts of academic work. The foundation also looks for evidence of unusual creativity. Outstanding achievements in scientific or technological developments will be favorably noted—papers published as an undergraduate, patents, and the like—and may balance a lower undergraduate GPA. The transcript should reflect breadth of academic work, as well as depth in the chosen field.
  • Four reference reports by senior technical professionals and/or faculty with and for whom the Fellowship applicant has worked or studied.
  • Reports by one or more interviewers from the Foundation (many of whom are former Hertz Fellows).

The Foundation's selection process includes personal technical interviews.

Every Fellowship applicant is required to take at least the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination and to have the results sent to the Foundation. The Foundation does not require the GRE Subject test scores, although they will accept them.