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Selection Process

In this first year, the Program accepted applications from a select set of the leading science and engineering universities around the world. The process was as follows:


Each of the selected universities nominated a small number of students (up to 5) who were expected to receive relevant PhDs by July 2018 (but no earlier than May 2017), using their own internal processes to choose nominees. Nominations were due from eligible institutions to the Schmidt Science Fellows program team no later than November 13, 2017.


Individuals nominated by these institutions were sent an invitation to apply to become Schmidt Science Fellows. Applications were due no later than December 31, 2017. The application includes 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 were first reviewed by a board of senior researchers who have knowledge of a wide variety of disciplines. The best applications were then be examined by a second board and evaluated on a mixture of criteria that align with the Program’s goals.


A group of semi-finalists were selected and invited to a final session for face-to-face interviews. Final selections for the 2018-2019 class of Schmidt Science Fellows will be made on April 23, 2018 following these interviews, and publicly announced the same day.



November 13 2017

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

December 31 2017

Applications by nominated individuals wishing to apply for the 2018-2019 inaugural class of Schmidt Science Fellows due.


January – March 2018

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

April 2018

Final selections for the 2018-2019 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 2018.