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Program Structure

The Schmidt Science Fellows program features a series of immersive academic sessions at leading universities in the United States and the United Kingdom, augmenting an 11-month or longer postdoctoral research study.

Postdoctoral Research

The Fellows receive a stipend of $100,000 as part of the Program. This includes 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 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 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 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 are expected to have a substantial impact on their labs and participate in publishable research during the postdoctoral year.

The Program also assists 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.

Program Timeline

July 2018: Schmidt Science Fellows program begins

July 22 – August 4, 2018: United Kingdom All-Cohort Group Sessions

August / September 2018: Fellows join their Postdoctoral Research Labs

November 4 – 10, 2018: Massachusetts All-Cohort Group Sessions

March / April 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 features four global meetings at the world’s leading academic institutions, interspersed across the duration of the fellowship. Each meeting has a specific theme and focus, designed to expand the scope of experience and skill sets of the Fellows, and augment their postdoctoral research work.