Hertz Foundation Fellowship

Hertz Foundation
Type Fellowship
Amount $66k - 140k
Duration 5 YearsSee website for more details. Application deadline is usually during the fall.


The Foundation supports graduate students working towards the Ph.D. degree in the applied physical and engineering sciences, as well as those aspects of modern biology which apply the physical sciences intensively.

College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply.
The Hertz Foundation's Graduate Fellowship award, which is based on merit (not need) consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend.

The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the tenable schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among tenable schools.

Successful applicants have the choice of two Fellowship options:
1. Five-Year Hertz - Option 1
- $28,000/9-month personal stipend
- Full tuition equivalent
- Renewable for up to 5 years
2. Five-Year Coordinated - Option 2
Hertz Period - Two Years
- $33,000/9-month personal stipend
- Full tuition equivalent
Other Fellowship Period - Up to Three Years
- $3,000/ year supplemental stipend from Hertz
- Requires Awardee to accept a 3-year Fellowship from another source


Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering 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 (see our Moral Commitment section).

College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply.

We screen Fellowship applicants for qualities the Foundation believes are essential ingredients of future professional accomplishment and/or reasonably reliable leading indicators of future professional success. These include:

• 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

• Leverage
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

We do not support students pursuing advanced professional degrees other than the Ph.D., such as enrollees in M.D., LLD or MBA programs, although we will support the Ph.D. portion of a joint M.D./Ph.D. study program. For a list of general fields of study in which Graduate Fellowships are


This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.

More Information


Fannie and John Hertz Foundation
Hertz Foundation
2456 Research Drive
Livermore, CA 94550-3850
Phone: 925-373-1642
Fax: 925-373-6329
Email: askhertz@aol.com