Evidence of exceptional creativity, broad understanding of physical principles, and outstanding potential for innovative research is expected.

Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical 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 our Moral Commitmentsection).

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.

We screen Fellowship applicants for qualities the Foundation believes are essential ingredients of future professional accomplishment and/or reasonably reliable leading indicators of future professional success. These include:

  • Exceptional Intelligence and Creativity
    with particular emphasis on those aspects pertinent to technical endeavors
  • Excellent Technical Education
    evidenced not only by transcripts and reference reports from senior technical professionals, but also by the results of a personal, technical interview
  • Orientation and Commitment to the applications of the physical sciences
    as is typical of most applicants
  • Extraordinary Accomplishment in technical or related professional studies
    which may offset slightly lower academic records, or add luster to outstanding ones
  • Features of Temperament and Character conducive to high attainment as a technical professional
    the assessment of which is difficult, albeit important to the Foundation
  • Appropriate moral and ethical values
    of considerable interest to the Foundation in the furthering of our basic goals
  • Leverage
    what difference the award of the Hertz Fellowship is likely to make in the kind, quality, and/or personal creativity of the student’s graduate research

We do not support students pursuing advanced professional degrees other than the Ph.D., such as enrollees in M.D., LLD or MBA programs, although we will support the Ph.D. portion of a joint M.D./Ph.D. study program. For a list of general fields of study in which Graduate Fellowships are offered by the Foundation, see Fields.


Welcome to the Hertz Foundation

We are a tax exempt, not-for profit organization which provides fellowships tenable at over 40 of the nation’s finest universities for graduate work leading to award of the Ph.D. degree in applications of the physical sciences.

Each year the Foundation conducts a national competition for new Hertz Fellows. Of those who apply, only about one quarter will be interviewed. Of those who are interviewed, approximately one in ten will be awarded a Hertz Fellowship.

We look to support the graduate education of America’s most promising technical talent, the Ph.D.-directed effort of the young men and women who can be expected to have the traits of a great founder on the application of the physical sciences to human problems during the next half-century. If you reasonably believe that you are one of these, we cordially invite your Fellowship application.

The Graduate Fellowships of the Hertz Foundation are widely considered to be among the most prestigious offered anywhere. The Foundation’s standing policy is that they will be structured to be the most attractive in their class in both material terms and duration of tenure.

Over the past seven years, successful candidates for Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships have been awarded their undergraduate degrees from a very diverse group of schools.


To assure full consideration of your application for a Fannie and John Hertz Graduate Fellowship, the following deadlines will apply:

  • Graduate Fellowship Application Deadline: October 28, 2005 submitted by Applicant
  • Application supporting materials: October 28, 2005 (transcripts, GRE score reports, etc.) submitted by Applicant
  • Graduate Fellowship Reference Report Deadline: October 31, 2005 submitted by References