Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award

About the Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award

The Hertz Foundation supports up to 5 years of graduate study leading to a PhD in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences. The Hertz Foundation interprets “applied” as “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.” Fields of interest include Astrophysics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Quantitative Biology, Earth Science, Physics, Biotech, Engineering, Statistics, Chemistry and Material Science. The fellowship is intended to provide not only significant merit-based financial funding, but also an extensive scientific network to assist fellows in their future careers.

Successful applicants have the choice of two Fellowship options:

Option 1 – Funding from Hertz Foundation only:
– $32,000/ 9-month personal stipend,
– Full tuition equivalent,
– Renewable annually for up to 5 years,
– $5,000/ year additional stipend for Fellows with dependent children.

Option 2 – Coordination with Other Major Fellowship:
Often Hertz awardees are also chosen to receive fellowship support from other sources. Hertz supports acceptance of multiple awards and works with each awardee, on an individual basis, to ensure compliance with all funding agencies.

The Hertz Fellowship award is renewable annually (upon a showing of satisfactory progress toward receipt of the PhD 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.

Location of award, if applicable: Selected participating schools, see scholarship website:

Eligible applicants:

– are applying to a PhD program or are in the first year of one.
– are broadly knowledgeable Innovators who see challenges in new ways.
– are eager to make a positive impact in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering.

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award application process:

Start by reviewing the fellowship website to determine whether the Hertz fellowship is suitable to your academic background and career goals. Discuss your plans to apply with your mentor(s) and a CFSA advisor.

Applications open in mid August.

Application components include:
– completed application form (includes three short answer questions and chronological resume as well as research experience),
– personal essay (statement),
– the aptitude portion of the GRE exam,
– four recommendation letters.

Applications are due in late October.

Interested? Contact CFSA for more information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email: More Information:

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,