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Fannie and John Hertz Fellowship

university fellowships committee

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation supports graduate study toward the Ph.D. degree in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. These fields include applied mathematics, statistics, and quantitative aspects of modern biology. "Applied" means fields of endeavor in which one applies, invents, and/or develops results from the basic physical sciences to generate solutions to problems of widespread human interest. The Hertz Fellowship 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 Hertz Foundation's Graduate Fellowship award, which is based on merit, not need, consists of a cost-of-education allowance that covers fees and tuition and a personal-support stipend. There is also a substantial personal stipend, paid over the nine-month academic year. The Fellowship award is renewable annually for a total Fellowship tenure of no more than five years. There are 15-20 Fellowships awarded annually.

Recipients of the Hertz Fellowship must attend one of the Foundation's approved university programs in the applied sciences. Universities with approved programs include Carnegie-Mellon, Cornell, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Purdue, Rice, Stanford, and many others. For a list of the approved university programs, consult the web site for the Hertz Foundation.

Eligible applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America. Students in their first year of graduate study are also eligible. A documented record of high scholastic performance is required.

The deadline for applications is late October. Applications are normally submitted in electronic form via the Internet. Paper application materials for those lacking Internet access may be obtained (without prejudice) from the Foundation by telephonic request. All applicants are notified by mail of the Foundation's action on their application on or before 1 April of each year.

To be competitive, interested students should contact the BC Campus Coordinator for the Hertz Fellowship program during the Spring semester of their Junior year, to begin preparing their applications.

To get additional information about the Hertz Fellowships and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the web site for the Hertz Foundation.

Students interested in the Hertz Fellowship should also look at the opportunities offered by the National Science Foundation Fellowship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.