Open Call - Hertz Foundation - The Hertz Fellowship

The Office of Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for applications from the Hertz Foundation.  Please forward the call to interested graduate students in your departments and divisions

The Hertz Foundation is hosting an online information session ( for prospective applicants on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. eastern.

UCSC Contact: Samantha Forde |

Funder: Hertz Foundation

Opportunity: The Hertz Fellowship

Deadline: September 1, 2022

Overview: The Hertz Fellowship is awarded annually to the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology. Using a rigorous, merit-based process, Hertz identifies innovators with the greatest potential to create transformative solutions to the world's most urgent challenges.

The foundation does not award fellowships based on an applicant’s particular field of study; however, they do require that applicants direct their work toward understanding and solving major, near-term problems facing society. The applicant should advocate for their specific field of study and demonstrate how it will be applied to address real-world challenges with the greatest impact.

Please click here for a list of FAQs.

View the list of fellows to learn more about their fields of interest.


All eligible applicants must:

●         be college seniors, first-year graduate students, or in a gap year preparing to apply to graduate school;

●         intend to pursue a PhD in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering;

●         intend to direct their studies toward understanding and solving major, near-term problems facing society; and

●         be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Hertz does not award fellowships to applicants pursuing professional degrees other than a PhD, such as an MD, JD, MBA, DPH, or DVM. However, they will support the PhD portion of an MD/PhD program.

Award Amount & Terms

The Hertz Fellowship compensation package includes a cost-of-education allowance and a personal stipend valued at up to $250,000.


The Hertz Foundation is hosting an online information session for prospective applicants. Interested students can also sign up for emails to learn more about the application.

August 17, 2022 6pm EST                Online Information Session

October 28, 2022                              Application due