The Hertz Foundation Selects Fifty Finalists for the 2013-2014 Graduate Fellowship.

February 14, 2013

Supporting Young Leaders in Applied Physical, Biological and Engineering Sciences

Fifty Finalists in the Fiftieth Anniversary Year

Livermore, CA – February 14, 2013 – The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation announces its finalists for the 2013-2014 Hertz Fellowship. From among more than 700 applicants, 50 are chosen as finalists to receive the Hertz Fellowship. The new Fellows will be announced by April 1st. Considered to be the Nation’s most generous support for graduate education in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences, the Hertz Fellowship has been awarded to over 1100 individuals. Valued at more than a quarter million dollars per student, this support lasts for up to five years.

“We are honored to have such a tremendously competitive applicant pool,” stated Hertz Foundation President Jay Davis, PhD. “It was quite challenging to select only 50 finalists from such an outstanding field of applicants.” The rigorous selection process includes a comprehensive written application, four references, and two rounds of technical interviews by recognized leaders in applied sciences and engineering. The interview is a distinguishing attribute of the Hertz Foundation. This face-to-face conversation is geared towards identifying exceptional innovators in a way that test scores and GPAs don’t reveal.

“We select applicants who have great potential for impact,” continued Dr. Davis. “We base our decisions on many criteria that come through as a result of the in-depth interview process. We seek those with exceptional personal creativity and outstanding promise for innovative research.”

Anniversary this year, the Hertz Foundation has fostered the scientific and engineering strength of the nation by finding the best and brightest from those disciplines. Fellows are given the freedom to innovate in their doctoral studies without most traditional restrictions. During the past ten years, with Foundation support, Hertz Fellows have built a community in which all ages gather together, inspire one another and collaborate for innovation that further augments the powerful contribution they bring to society.

View the entire list of Hertz Finalists to print.