Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship


The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has supported over 1100 students in graduate school and offered unique mentoring and community opportunities for more than 50 years now. The Foundation’s primary goal is to build a community that creates innovation to improve our lives, supports the national defense, and ensures America’s competitiveness in the global economy.

Award Information:

• Full tuition support for up to 5 years
• A stipend of $32,000 per year
• $5,000 for dependent childcare each year
• $38,000 if coordinated with other 3-year fellowships
Number of Scholarship Awards: About 15 students are awarded fellowships every year
Start of Application Period: Usually at the end of August
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Renewable: Yes; recipients may renew their fellowship tenure for up to 5 years
GPA: Check the official website for more information
Major: Astrophysics, Quantitative Biology, Biotech, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, and Physics

Eligibility Criteria:

– Must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident
– Must be enrolled in any of the Foundation’s supported fields of study
– Must be willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the U.S. in times of national emergency
– Must be in their 1st year of graduate studies. However, exceptions have been made in cases of “exceptional leverage”
– Must be attending or planning to attend in a participating college or university, such as:

o Arizona State University
o California Institute of Technology
o Carnegie-Mellon University
o Columbia University
o Duke University
o Emory University
o Georgia Institute of Technology
o Harvard University
o Lehigh University
o Massachusetts Institute of Technology
o New York University
o Ohio State University
o Pennsylvania State University
o Rensselaer Polytechnic University
o Scripps Research University
o State University of New York at Stony Brook
o Texas A&M University
o University of Colorado at Boulder
o University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Note: See the complete list of all the participating schools at the Foundation’s official website.

Application Process:

1. Go to https://apply.embark.com/fellowship/Hertz/40/ and create a User Account and Login.

2. Fill out the online application completely and accurately.

3. Have your school send your most recent academic transcripts for the fall terms to the Foundation as soon as the final grades are available. Transcripts are still accepted even after the application deadline.

4. Take the general aptitude portion of the GRE and have the results sent to the Hertz Foundation.

5. Ask 4 individuals to write letters of recommendations on your behalf. Your recommenders must use the Foundation’s format to submit their information and answer certain questions. You’ll need to register your 4 recommenders using the Foundation’s system.

Selection Criteria and Process:

The Hertz Foundation seeks out applicants who possess the key ingredients of future professional accomplishment and/or reasonably reliable leading indicators of future professional success. These ingredients include:

• Exceptional Intelligence and Creativity
• Excellent Technical Education
• Orientation and Commitment to the applications of the physical sciences
• Extraordinary Accomplishments in the technical and related professional studies
• Features of Temperament and Character conductive to high attainment as a technical professional
• Appropriate moral and ethical values
• Leverage

The selection committee will choose about 180 candidates to participate in the 1st round technical interviews. From this pool, approximately 70 candidates will be chosen to proceed to the next round, which is conducted by “four experienced PhD engineer/scientist interviewers, who have worked together for many years,” according to the Foundation. After the 2nd interview, the Foundation’s selection committee will then choose the fellowship recipients.

Contact Information:

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation
2300 First Street, Suite 250
Livermore, CA 94550
Phone: (925) 373-1642
Fax: (925) 373-6329
Website: www.hertzfoundation.org

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