The Quad Fellowship

A first-of-its-kind scholarship program designed to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists in Australia, India, Japan and the United States.



On September 24, 2021, Quad partners Australia, India, Japan, and the United States announced the Quad Fellowship: a first-of-its-kind scholarship program designed to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists.  Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative, will operate and administer the fellowship program in consultation with a non-governmental taskforce, comprised of academic, foreign policy, and private sector leaders from each Quad country.


This program will sponsor 100 exceptional American, Japanese, Australian, and Indian master’s and doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to study in the United States. The fellowship will develop a network of science and technology experts committed to advancing innovation and collaboration in the private, public, and academic sectors, in their own nations and among Quad countries. The program will build a foundational understanding among Quad Scholars of one another’s societies and cultures through cohort-wide trips and robust programming with each country’s top scientists, technologists, and politicians.

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Financial Benefits

Each Quad Fellow will receive a one-time award of $50,000 which can be used for tuition, research, fees, books, room and board, and related academic expenses (e.g., registration fees, research-related travel). This award may be supplemented by other fellowships or grants. In addition, round-trip airfare to and from the United States is covered.


All Quad Fellows are eligible to apply for separate demonstrated needs-based funding of up to $25,000 to cover costs related to completing graduate-level studies.

Programmatic Benefits

In addition to financial support, Quad Fellows will have access to a variety of programming opportunities, as outlined below:

Pre-program for Fellows Elect

Beginning in October, Quad Fellows Elect will participate in organized virtual programming, including virtual learning sessions, guest speaker events, and receive advice on navigating the university application process followed by a “send off” event in respective Quad countries prior to beginning their time as Quad Fellows.

Core program for Fellows

Beginning in August with a multi-day residential experience in Australia, India, or Japan, Quad Fellows will have access to virtual programming with the greatest minds in STEM, government, and society, a tailored mentorship program, and opportunities to participate in individual or small-group experiences or projects focused on Quad country priority focus areas.

Alumni programming for Senior Fellows

As Senior Fellows, Quad Fellowship alumni will be part of a growing and global lifelong network of exceptional engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and technologists dedicated to advancing innovation and research for positive social impact

“We’re going to see more technological change in the next ten years than we saw in the last fifty. We want the next generation of scientists and technologists who will build the future to come from our Quad countries.” — President Joe Biden


This year, we are excited to accept applications for the inaugural class of Quad Fellows – a collaborative network of exceptional engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and technologists who will advance innovation and research with a steadfast dedication to positive social impact. Quad Fellows are selected from an international pool of distinguished candidates from the four Quad countries of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. Prospective Fellows are expected to demonstrate academic excellence, exceptional results in their field, and a desire to use their talents to promote collective good.

What we look for

Academic Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM): Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in a STEM field through academic success and original research.


Passion for the Intersection of Science, Society, and Policy: Candidates should demonstrate their interest and engagement not only in the sciences, but also in the impact these fields can have on society and public policy. This could be demonstrated by research conducted, internships held, or other professional or academic indicators of commitment.


Capacity to Bridge Differences: Candidates should demonstrate interest and ability to build connections between individuals with differing cultural, socio-economic, and professional backgrounds.


Orientation Towards Results: Candidates should describe their track record and abilities to produce tangible, successful, and positive results.


Applicants must:

• Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application submission

• Be citizens or legal permanent residents of Australia, India, Japan, or the United States

• Have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a STEM field by August 2023

• Have a demonstrated record of superior academic achievement at the undergraduate level

• If applicants are currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program, they may apply if they will be enrolled in a qualified academic program during their time as a Fellow (i.e., August 2023 – May 2024)


The Quad Fellowship is also supported by a group of industry-leading corporate sponsors with track records of driving innovation and technological advancement.


  • Accenture
  • Boeing
  • Blackstone
  • Google
  • Mastercard
  • Western Digital
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