Schmidt Science Fellows Program - Nominations Due to Joan Christian by August 10

The Graduate College invites nominations for the 2019-2020 Schmidt Science Fellows Program.  Now in its second year, the Schmidt Science Fellows Program offers an innovative 11-month postdoctoral experience for students from the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computing-oriented disciplines.  Targeting students who are near completion of their PhDs, the program offers training in fields outside of the student’s current area of expertise and allows students to engage with world renowned leaders in science, technology, business, and government.

The program is offered by the Schmidt Family Foundation, founded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy Schmidt, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust.  As the Schmidt website explains, the program “aims to create a new generation of scientific leaders. Our goal is to give the world’s best aspiring scientific minds a broader perspective, the ability to engage in an interdisciplinary way, and the opportunity to make a lasting impact in society.”  To that end, the program seeks individuals “with a special degree of brilliance and inventiveness,” specifically those who demonstrate scientific curiosity, extraordinary achievement, intellectual spark, global ambitions, character, collaborative spirit, and use of innovative tools.  

Only students who expect to complete their PhDs by June 30, 2019 (but no earlier than May 1, 2018) are eligible.  The fellowship offers a $100,000 stipend, and it provides research experiences at some of the world’s leading academic institutions.  

The Schmidt Family Foundation has invited only select universities to participate in the fellowship program, and the University of Illinois is one of those universities.  We are allowed to submit seven representatives for consideration in the national competition, and the Graduate College will coordinate the competition to select those seven.  The campus competition will operate via departmental nomination, and eligible departments may submit up to two nominations each.  The deadline for nominations is August 16, 2018, and you may find details on the nomination process in the Schmidt listing in our Fellowship Finder database.