Hertz Fellows Community

The power of our community is what makes the Hertz Fellowship the most unique fellowship of its kind.

Hertz Fellows are part of a lifelong community of more than 1,200 peers, spanning scientific disciplines, geography, and multiple generations. Beyond the value of a graduate degree and research experience, our fellows are equipped with a set of friends and collaborators to help them develop ideas and offer professional support at every stage of their careers.


The Hertz Foundation hosts a variety of events for the fellows community throughout the year, including scientific symposia, professional development workshops, and social networking opportunities.

To inspire new ideas and drive collaboration, we often invite award-winning scientists, thought leaders, and distinguished guests from the science and technology community to participate in our events.

Before attending a Hertz event, we encourage you to review our code of conduct, which outlines the standards for interactions among members of the Hertz community at both in-person and digital forums.

“I’ve been challenged as a researcher through discussions with members of the Hertz community at workshops and retreats.”
– Po-Ling Loh, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Online Community

Hertz Fellows Email Listserv

The Hertz Fellows email listserv makes it easier to share ideas, career opportunities and other information directly with your peers. The listserv is exclusively for Hertz Fellows, providing a unique forum for deepening connections and forging new ones with fellow fellows.

LinkedIn Group

Launching in spring 2023, the Hertz Fellows Community on LinkedIn will provide a space to build personal connections, expand networks and facilitate collaborations with other Hertz Fellows on the world's largest professional social network. Stay tuned for more information via an email.

Stay Connected


Whether it’s writing their first grant application or trying to commercialize a new technology, our fellows are most successful when they can rely on guidance and feedback from peers who’ve done it before.

Over the years, we’ve facilitated dozens of mentoring relationships to help fellows take the next step in their careers. In some cases, that means regular phone calls or email conversations during a challenging period. Many fellows grow their mentoring relationships into long-term collaborations.

Mike Schnall-Levin

“Hertz Fellows have been a valuable resource for me. There is expertise on almost any subject, and it’s been useful to know people to contact for help with research questions.”

Mike Schnall-Levin Arrow Right
2006 Hertz Fellow

Chief Technology Officer, 10x Genomics

Mentoring relationships can cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Career planning
  • Financial management
  • Start-up ventures
  • Product commercialization
  • Leadership training
  • Grant writing
  • Scientific and technical advice
  • Networking

We can work with you to find the right match among our more than 1,200 fellows. Complete this brief Google form to share more about your interest, and a prospective mentor within the Hertz community will reach out directly to you.

Community Representatives

The community representative program is building a group of volunteers, spanning geography and age, who can work with local Hertz community members in their area to create activities and events, including recruiting participants each year in advance of the summer workshop.

Interest Groups

Based on the desire to allow fellows to connect with like-minded individuals, we are piloting community-run “Interest Groups.” The foundation will provide logistical support to allow you to find each other and get together, but we have designed these to be fellow-driven and -led to ensure the maximum benefit to you. The initial set of groups to pilot are:

  • AI & Dream Datasets
  • Entrepreneurial Pathways
  • LGBT+
  • Military Fellows
  • Members of the National Academies
  • Neurodiversity
  • Academic Pathways/Junior Faculty

Our Volunteers

Spacing: medium
  • Ellen Pawlikowski
  • Neal Tanner
  • Jim Valcourt
  • Jessica Seeliger
  • Daniel Goodman
  • Carol Burns
  • Ashvin Bashyam
  • Lily Kim

Code of Conduct

The Hertz Foundation's code of conduct establishes standards for interactions among members of the Hertz community at both in-person and digital forums.