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Schmidt Science Fellows

The Schmidt Science Fellows program brings together the world’s best emerging scientists and places them in a postdoctoral fellowship in a field different from their existing expertise.



Schmidt Science Fellows brings together the brightest minds who have completed a PhD in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, or computing, and places them in a fellowship in a field different from their existing expertise. The program funds training for the scientists and the research they undertake, and creates a community of interdisciplinary leaders. The program is an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust.

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Our impact

The Schmidt Science Fellows’ impact in the world includes:

84 Schmidt Science Fellows in a global community representing 33 nationalities
10,000s of proteins screened by Fellow’s new AI to identify cancer targets in cellular condensates
90% cheaper health tests possible from Fellow-designed antibody detection platform

We are Schmidt Science Fellows

2023 Cohort selection process

Nominations February – May 13, 2022

Each of the selected institutions is invited to nominate a small number of their most exceptional PhD students. Institutions will use their own internal processes to choose nominees who will then be issued with a unique authorization code to access our application portal to register their intent to apply.

Application Deadline July 18, 2022

Nominated individuals will then complete a full application. Applications will consist of a candidate’s academic history, including transcripts, current CV with details of relevant publications, at least three (but no more than five) letters of recommendation, a personal statement outlining their motivations, a brief description of their PhD research, a proposal outlining their future research plans, and three short outlines of potential labs in which they may carry out this research.

Review begins August 2022

Application packages will then undergo an Academic Review by discipline-specific panels of senior researchers to determine which candidates should progress to the final stage.

Cohort Selection March 2023

Finalists will be invited to an online panel interview with senior figures from academia, business, and society.

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