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Program Structure

Through a unique postdoctoral placement in a world-leading laboratory, focused mentoring, and bespoke Global Meetings which offer professional development, visits to cutting-edge facilities, and discussions with renowned experts, our Fellows gain the experience they need to realize their ambitious scientific goals.

Postdoctoral Research

Schmidt Science Fellows undertake a year-long postdoctoral placement. This placement commences after a Fellow successfully completes his or her PhD in the natural sciences, computing, engineering or mathematics.

Our Fellows benefit from a personalized mentoring program, providing personal and scientific support from experienced and internationally-accomplished scientists. The mentoring equips Fellows to maximize the opportunity of their placement, to build their own networks, and to plan their future career paths. Mentoring and scientific guidance on specific and specialized topics are arranged for Fellows unique professional development needs.

Fellows receive a stipend of $100,000 to support their personal and living costs for the duration of the Fellowship placement.

By the end of the Fellowship year, Schmidt Science Fellows will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of interdisciplinarity
  • Take concepts from one field and apply them to a related field.
  • Identify ways to take scientific risks and persevere in the face of failure.

We also work with Fellows that wish to continue work in their postdoctoral area of study following the completion of the fellowship, or in instances where the initial postdoctoral period should extend for longer than the initial 11-month period of time.

Global Meeting Series

Schmidt Science Fellows attend four convenings as a cohort during their fellowship year. This Global Meeting Series is held around the world to enable our Fellows to engage with new concepts, to visit leading science facilities, and to engage with internationally-renowned thought-leaders from science, business, policy, and society.

A Lifelong Community

Upon selection, Schmidt Science Fellows join a lifelong community. Through working together, sharing experiences, and interacting with new concepts, they forge bonds with other Fellows. They also build networks with the thought leaders they meet. The Fellowship supports, guides, and challenges its members throughout their careers to achieve more than they could on their own. On completing their placements, Fellows become members of the Schmidt Science Fellows alumni community with continued opportunities to interact with other Fellows and the program