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Selection Process

For our second year, the Schmidt Science Fellows program is inviting nominations and applications from a select set of the leading science and engineering universities around the world. The process is as follows:


Each of the selected institutions is invited to nominate a small number of students who are expected to receive relevant PhDs by July 2019. Institutions will use their own internal processes to choose nominees. Nominations must be submitted by August 31 2018.


Individuals nominated by these institutions will be sent an invitation to apply to become Schmidt Science Fellows. Applications will be due by November 30 2018. The application requirements will include a curriculum vitae (CV) with relevant publications or research, reference letters attesting to the student’s accomplishments and capabilities, and personal statements on why the applicant is interested in the Program and what they hope to achieve during and after it.


Application packages will be first reviewed by a board of senior researchers who have knowledge of a wide variety of disciplines. The best applications will then be examined by a second board and evaluated on a mixture of criteria that align with the Program’s goals.


Short-listed applicants will be invited to face-to-face interviews. Final selections for the 2019-2020 class of Schmidt Science Fellows will be made in spring 2019 following these interviews. 

For details of the candidate selection criteria for Schmidt Science Fellows please see here.



August 31 2018

Candidate nominations by selected institutions due to Schmidt Science Fellows program team.

November 30 2018

Applications by nominated individuals wishing to apply for the 2019-2020 class of Schmidt Science Fellows due.


January – March 2019

Applications reviewed by the selection boards described above. Finalists conduct in-person interviews.

April 2019

Final selections for the 2019-2020 class of Schmidt Science Fellows made and Fellows informed of their selection.

Following selection, Fellows work with the Program team to identify, consider, and finalize postdoctoral placement opportunities, in advance of the program beginning in the United Kingdom in July 2019.