Hertz fellowship

Hertz Fellowship

Funding for up to 5 years for tuition and personal expenses during PhD level study in applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering

The Hertz Fellowship includes 5 years of funding and the freedom to pursue innovative projects in applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The goal is for fellows to be financially independent and free from traditional restrictions of their academic departments to promote innovation in collaboration with leading professors in the field. The fellowship covers tuition and a personal stipend for up to 5 years.


  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a college senior, first-year graduate student, or in a gap year, preparing to apply to graduate school
  • Intend to pursue a PhD in the applied physical or biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering
  • Intend to direct your studies towards understanding and solving major near-term problems facing society


  • ~10 per year

Selection Criteria:

  • Deep, integrated knowledge
  • Creative problem solvers
  • Commitment to the greater good
  • Active leadership
  • Lifelong achievers

Application Material:

  • Hertz Fellowship Application
  • Choice of Field and Future Expectations Essay
  • Proposed Field of Study Essay
  • Choice of Graduate School Essay
  • Optional GRE scores
  • 4 letters of reference


External deadline: October 23, 2020



August 2020: Application opens

October 23, 2020: National deadline

Length of Scholarship: Up to 5 years

Scholarship Website: https://www.hertzfoundation.org/the-fellowship/apply-for-fellowship/

Contact Information:

Director: Ginger Smoak: ginger.smoak@utah.edu

Advisor: Alison Shimko: a.shimko@honors.utah.edu