people, passions & progress people, passions & progress

People, passions & progress


Latest news

May 2, 2022

Twenty-Five Fellows from Across the Asia-Pacific Region Commenced a Year of Fellowship at the International Strategy Forum Convening in Singapore SINGAPORE, May 2, 2022– Schmidt Futures, in collaboration with the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), announced today the inaugural class of Asia Fellows as part of the International Strategy Forum (ISF). The group convened… Continue reading Schmidt Futures Announces First Cohort of International Strategy Forum Asia Fellows 

April 14, 2022

The U.S. Bioeconomy: Charting a Course for a Resilient and Competitive Future was informed by the Task Force on Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy Report recommends strategic $2 billion investment for U.S. to steer future of what could be a $30 trillion global industry for the benefit of people worldwide and provides strategic plan to… Continue reading Schmidt Futures Publishes Groundbreaking New Bioeconomy Strategy, Calls for Strategic Investment, Workforce Development, and Infrastructure to Bring Innovations from Lab to Market

April 1, 2022

New program to support the research of talent development and foster a global network of leading researchers Upcoming Schmidt Futures Global Talent Ideas Search to offer up to $500,000 total to develop and publish up to 50 selected submissions  NEW YORK, NY, April 1, 2022 – Schmidt Futures is pleased to announce the launch of… Continue reading Schmidt Futures Announces the Virtual Center for Advanced Potential

March 16, 2022

Applications Open Today for First-Of-Its-Kind Scholarship that Will Fund Master’s and Doctoral Degrees for 100 Exceptional STEM Fellows from the Quad Nations Fellows Will Receive Access to Unparalleled Benefits Including Tuition Support, Learning Workshops, Mentorship by STEM Leaders, and Cross-Cultural Exchange Experiences NEW YORK, NY, MARCH 16, 2022 — Schmidt Futures announced today that applications… Continue reading Schmidt Futures Announces Opening of Applications for Quad Fellowship in partnership with Australia, India, Japan, and the United States 

March 7, 2022

New York, NY – In light of the devastating attack on Ukraine, Victor and Elena Pinchuk and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Eric and Wendy Schmidt and Schmidt Futures, Robert F. Smith and Vista Equity Partners, Minderoo Foundation (founded by Dr Andrew and Nicola Forrest), and Bill Ford and the General Atlantic Foundation, announced today the… Continue reading Schmidt Futures Announces Collaborative Philanthropic Effort to Support Ukrainians In Need

February 22, 2022

Multi-Year Award Program Funded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt Will Recognize Excellence in Science Communication by Research Scientists and Journalists  Professional Development and Training Program for Awardees to Run in Partnership with University Journalism Schools and Communications Organizations New York, NY – Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,… Continue reading Schmidt Futures and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Announce the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communication

February 16, 2022

$125 million, five-year commitment by Eric and Wendy Schmidt will support leading researchers in artificial intelligence making a positive impact New York — Today, Schmidt Futures announced the launch of “AI2050,” an initiative that will support exceptional people working on key opportunities and hard problems that are critical to get right for society to benefit from… Continue reading Schmidt Futures Launches AI2050 to Protect Our Human Future in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

January 18, 2022

Inaugural partners include the University of Cambridge, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University and University of Washington Research software engineers will bridge the gap between modern science and scalable complex software 01/18/2022 – Schmidt Futures announced today the establishment of the Virtual Institute of Scientific Software (VISS), starting with a network of four inaugural… Continue reading Schmidt Futures and Leading Research Universities Launch Software Engineering Centers to Accelerate Scientific Discovery

December 22, 2021

Dear friends of Schmidt Futures: “You are a born storyteller,” said the old lady. “You had the sense to see you were caught in a story, and the sense to see that you could change it to another one.” – A.S. Byatt, The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye As 2021 ends, we have a choice… Continue reading Year-End Reflections 2021 – A Choice of Story

Planet earth on the background of blurred lights of the city. Concept on business, politics, ecology and media. Elements of this image furnished by NASA
Planet Earth on the background of blurred lights of the city. Concept on business, politics, ecology and media. Earth day abstract background. Elements of this image furnished by NASA
100 Global Winners Photo
October 25, 2021

Hailing from 42 Countries, Winners Receive Access to a Lifetime of Benefits Including Scholarships, Mentorship, Career Development Opportunities, and Funding for Future Ventures for Public Benefit  Rise is the Anchor Program of a $1 Billion Philanthropic Commitment by Eric and Wendy Schmidt to Find and Support Global Talent NEW YORK, October 25, 2021 — Schmidt… Continue reading Schmidt Futures and Rhodes Trust Announce First Cohort of “Rise” Global Winners: These One Hundred 15 – 17 Year Olds Represent “Hidden Brilliance” Working in Service of Others

planet earth at sunrise
October 12, 2021

The Schmidt Futures Network’s first initiative, Convergent Research, will incubate and launch Focused Research Organizations, a new model to fill gaps in the R&D ecosystem to tackle global challenges Today, Schmidt Futures is pleased to announce the launch of the Schmidt Futures Network. The Schmidt Futures Network aims to help talent already supported by Schmidt… Continue reading Schmidt Futures Launches Schmidt Futures Network with First Initiative “Convergent Research”

September 9, 2021

To the Schmidt Futures community, Over the last few weeks, we’ve watched the devastating events in Afghanistan unfold. The images of turmoil have shocked the world, leaving many people asking how they can help. To meet this challenge, together with the Yalda Hakim Foundation we have helped organize the Afghan Future Fund. The Fund is… Continue reading Join Us in Supporting the Afghan Future Fund

June 3, 2021

28 new members grow the global Fellowship to a total of 84 Fellows working at the intersection of disciplines to advance science for the public benefit Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust affirm commitment to continue the program New York, NY, June 3, 2021 — Eric and Wendy Schmidt today announced the fourth cohort of… Continue reading Eric and Wendy Schmidt Announce 2021 Cohort of Interdisciplinary Schmidt Science Fellows

planet earth at sunrise
December 23, 2020

Dear friends of Schmidt Futures: There has never been a more important time to be in the business of helping people. We live in a moment of great contrast. On one hand, more people are living better, at higher standards of living, than ever before in human history.  At the same time, we face terrible… Continue reading 2020 Year-End Reflections: Helping People Now and Helping People More in a Global Pandemic

Fact Sheet for Partners

See our Impact

Reimagine Challenge Anthology

Read more


Learn more about the work Schmidt Futures is doing to solve hard problems in science and society each month.

Reimagine Podcast

A series of conversations with leaders in government, business, science, and technology to explore how we can solve our current challenges and build a brighter future after this global crisis.