Up to five years of graduate funding in STEM fields at any university in the US.


Application Deadline

October 26, 2024 at 4:00 AM

Late October

Duke Contact

Hertz Foundation
see website

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)

Eligibility: Citizenship

U.S. Citizen, Non-US Citizen

When to Apply

Senior Year, Young Alumni

Campus Nomination Required?


Sponsoring Foundation Site



The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships seek innovators and problem-solvers committed to making a positive impact on the world around them. The Fellowship fully funds the costs of doctoral degrees, including a tuition grant as well as living expense stipend, for up to five years.


The fellowship provides up to five years of funding fully covering the costs of graduate tuition as well as an annual stipend maxing out at $250,000 over five years. 

Fellows also gain access to a strong alumni network and ongoing opportunities for networking, collaboration, and advancement.


  • 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.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic Excellence
  • Innovation and ingenuity
  • Potential to bring meaningful and lasting change to society