Hertz Graduate Fellowship

Is it for you?

The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship was designed to foster the graduate study for students likely to become leaders in scientific and technological advances, exemplary teachers in the applied physical sciences, and key contributors to the technological capability on which the well-being of the United States depends. Successful candidates have the choice of two award options, both of which include a $5,000 annual supplement for Fellows with dependent children:

  • Five-Year Hertz: a $32,000 stipend for nine months, plus a cost of education allowance paid to the graduate educational institution in lieu of tuition and fees, renewable for up to five years.
  • Five-Year Coordinated: a two-year $38,000 nine-month stipend, and cost of education allowance in lieu of tuition and fees from Hertz, coordinated with a three-year fellowship from another source (e.g. NSF).

What are the key dates?

Deadline for NFP draft review: TBD for 2020 (normally early October)

Official deadline: TBD for 2020 (normally mid- to late October)

Are you eligible?

Candidates for the Hertz Fellowship must:

  • be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • be graduating seniors, or graduate students in their first year of study, pursuing a Ph.D. The Foundation does not support other professional degrees, such as the M.D., but may support the Ph.D. portion of a joint M.D./Ph.D. program.
  • study in a field of applied physical sciences, including but not limited to Aeronautics/Astronautics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth and Geo Sciences, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Nuclear Engineering, Materials Science, Quantitative Biology and Bio-Engineering.
  • be enrolled at a “tenable school.” The Foundation posts a list of such schools on their website; however, students may petition the Foundation to attend a school that does not appear on this list.

How do you work with the NFP?

No institutional endorsement is required for applicants to complete the Hertz application and for this reason there is also no internal campus deadline at JHU. Applicants simply submit their complete application to the online portal by the official deadline. You can find the website below in the have a closer look section. The NFP can provide feedback on one complete set of essays (if submitted to Dr. Barry by mid-October)  and works with Hertz finalists to prepare them for interviews by connecting them to the Hertz community at JHU.

September Contact Dr. Barry
late September – mid-October Submit essay drafts to Dr. Barry and continue working on application materials
late October Meet the Hertz official deadline

Are you competitive?

About 15 fellowships are awarded each year. Selection decisions are based on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of exceptional creativity: Evidence of exceptional creativity, broad understanding, and potential for innovative research is expected. Outstanding achievements in scientific or technological developments will be favorably noted as will papers published as an undergraduate, patents, and the like. These may balance a lower undergraduate GPA.
  • Field of study: The Foundation interprets the concept “applied” broadly and it is up to each applicant to defend his or her field as an “applied physical science.”
  • Personal Essay: While on a suggested topic, the Foundation intentionally leaves the personal essay open-ended. The 300-word limit may be disregarded; although any portion of the essay beyond 300 words will not show in the application preview, it will be uploaded to Hertz. The same holds true for the other essay questions.
  • Transcripts of academic work: The transcript should reflect breadth of academic work, as well as depth in the chosen field.
  • Four Reference Reports: Applicants submit the email addresses of four senior technical professionals and/or faculty with and for whom the applicant has worked or studied. Referees will receive an email message instructing them on the process for completing the Reference Report.
  • GRE Aptitude Test**: Every applicant is required to take at least the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and to have the results sent to the Foundation (#4366); subject test scores are not required, but will be accepted. **For the 2020 application cycle, the GRE test requirement is waived.

Have a closer look:

Visit the Official Website

Hertz Foundation

Hear from JHU Recipients

HUB article about Melissa Mai, 2019 Hertz Graduate Fellow

Start Your Application

Hertz Graduate Fellowship Application Portal