The Fellows will receive a stipend of $100,000 as part of the Program. This will include conducting a full-time, 11-month or longer postdoctoral research study in a field-leading laboratory, focusing on a discipline in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics or computing that is different from their existing area of expertise and planned future focus. Our goal is to introduce the Fellows to the ideas, practices, methods, and cultures of other scientific disciplines, broadening their scope of experience. In addition to pursuing the traditional career arc that has aspiring scientists delve deeper and deeper into their field of expertise immediately following their PhD, these individuals can benefit from first obtaining a broader view of the world. Schmidt Science Fellows will have that opportunity, working in a new lab and a new field that will help them form a diverse perspective on the questions and techniques that will position them to make breakthrough discoveries and drive societal change.
The Fellows will select their postdoctoral research laboratory, with assistance from the Schmidt Science Fellows program, the Rhodes Trust, respected researchers, and a number of leading universities. We will help Fellows identify leading laboratories at elite institutions that conduct exciting new research and provide the opportunity to “pivot” from their current area of expertise during the fellowship year. In all cases, Fellows should expect to have a substantial impact on their labs and participate in publishable research during the postdoctoral year.
The Program will also assist Fellows that want 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.
July 2018: Schmidt Science Fellows program begins
July 2018: United Kingdom All-Cohort Group Sessions
August / September 2018: Fellows join their Postdoctoral Research Labs
October / November 2018: Massachusetts All-Cohort Group Sessions
February / March 2019: Northern California All-Cohort Group Sessions
July 2019: Concluding Week at University of Oxford
Global Meeting Series
The first year of the Schmidt Science Fellows program will feature four global meetings at the world’s leading academic institutions, interspersed across the duration of the fellowship. Each meeting will have a specific theme and focus, designed to expand the scope of experience and skill sets of the Fellows, and augment their postdoctoral research work.