The Hertz Foundation supports graduate students working toward a Ph.D. in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences.  The foundation does not support study in pursuit of an M.D. or work in descriptive biology, although it may support the Ph.D. portion of a joint M.D./Ph.D. study program.  The Graduate Fellowship Award consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a stipend.  The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the tenable schools (see Web site for details).

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizens or permanent resident willing to morally commit to making your skills available to the United States in time of national emergency (see the Moral Commitment section on the Web site).
  • College seniors wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in any of the fields of particular interest to the foundation, as well as graduate students already doing so.
  • Demonstrate qualities the foundation believes are essential ingredients of future professional accomplishment and/or reasonably reliable indicators of future professional success.
  • Must be students of the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences.

General Information

Since 1963 the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has awarded more than 1,000 doctoral fellowships with the goal of supporting the early-stage research endeavors of applied physical, biological, or engineering science students who possess the potential to change our world for the better by solving difficult, real-world problems.

The Hertz Fellowship empowers these outstanding young people with the freedom to innovate and explore their genius in collaboration with leading professors in the field. Hertz Fellows continue to succeed in this endeavor by providing leading ideas, invaluable public service and economic accomplishments in science, business, government and academia.

The foundation screens applicants for qualities they believe 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, albiet important to the foundation
  • Appropriate moral and ethical values of considerable interest to the foundation in the furthering of our basic goals
  • Leverage in terms of what difference the fellowship is likely to make in the kind, quality, and/or personal creativity of the student’s graduate research

Application Dates and Instructions

**Applicants apply directly to the Hertz Foundation. All application materials and instructions can be found online at the Foundation website. The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials for review a minimum of three weeks in advance of the application deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.** All applicants should notify the PAF Office of their intent to apply by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

October 28, 2016
Completed online application and required documentation must be submitted to the Hertz Foundation.

October 31, 2016
References due.

April 2017
All applicants are notified by mail of the foundation’s action on their application.