Hertz Foundation Fellowships

The Hertz Fellowships provide unique financial and fellowship support to the nation’s most remarkable PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. Hertz Fellows become innovators and leaders serving in ways that benefit us all. 

The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the participating schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among participating schools.


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

Special Considerations

College seniors wishing to pursue the PhD 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. They generally do not award fellowships to students who are already beyond their first year of graduate study except in cases of "exceptional leverage." Such awards are very rare—only two have been made in the past 10 years.


Successful applicants have the choice of two Fellowship options:

Option 1 - Funding from Hertz Foundation only

  • $32,000/ 9-month personal stipend
  • Full tuition equivalent
  • Renewable annually for up to 5 years
  • $5,000/ year additional stipend for Fellows with dependent children

Option 2 - Coordination with Other Major Fellowship

Often Hertz awardees are also chosen to receive fellowship support from other sources. Hertz supports acceptance of multiple awards and works with each awardee, on an individual basis, to ensure compliance with all funding agencies.

One example of a Coordinated Fellowship: 
Coordination with a 3-Year NSF Fellowship 

  • Hertz Period: Full tuition equivalent and $38,000/9-month personal stipend
  • NSF Period: $6,000/ year supplemental stipend from Hertz
  • Renewable for up to 5 years
  • $5,000/ year additional stipend for Fellows with dependent children


The Hertz Fellowship application season opens August in mid-August annually.


Applications are due in late-October annually.

Additional dates, deadlines, information, and application materials are available on the Hertz Foundation website


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Doctorate


  • Health
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Other

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Research


  • North America

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