*Information taken from the Hertz Fellowship website

Program Description

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

The 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.

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.


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
  • $37,000/ 9-month personal stipend
  • Full tuition equivalent

Other Fellowship Period - Up to Three Years

  • $5,000/ 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.  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.


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 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.

To learn about their selection criteria, click here.

The following is an illustrative (but not exclusive) list of the fields supported by the Hertz Foundation. Note, however, that it is up to each fellowship applicant to advocate their specific field of interest as an "applied physical science".

  • Aeronautics/Astronautics
  • 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

Application Process

Although Hertz Fellowship candidates do not have to be endorsed by Olin, applicants who go through their college review process have a decided advantage over those who do not go through the review. Students are advised to use the internal-advising process and meet with Sally Phelps to discuss a potential application and to review their application materials.

Click here, to view the deadline, online application and FAQs section