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Hertz Foundation Scholarships for Graduate Students

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Hertz Foundation

Fields of Study

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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

Graduate Fellowship Award

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.

Successful applicants have the choice of two Fellowship options:

Option 1 - Five Year Hertz

  • $32,000/ 9-month personal stipend*
  • Full tuition equivalent
  • Renewable for up to 5 years


Option 2 - Five-Year Coordinated

  • Hertz Period - Two Years
  • $38,000/ 9-month personal stipend*
  • Full tuition equivalent


Other Fellowship Period - Up to Three Years

  • $6,000/ year supplemental stipend* from Hertz
  • Requires Awardee to accept a 3-year Fellowship from another source


The Five-Year Hertz Fellowship award (Option 1) is renewable annually (upon a showing of satisfactory progress toward receipt of the Ph.D. degree) for a total Fellowship tenure of no more than five years.

* $5,000/ year additional stipend for Fellows with dependent children.

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