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Selection Process

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

1

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

2

Individuals nominated by these institutions will be sent an invitation to apply to become Schmidt Science Fellows. Applications will be due no later than December 31, 2017. The application 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.

3

Application packages will first be 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.

4

A group of semi-finalists will be selected, and those individuals will be invited to a final session for face-to-face interviews. Final selections for the 2018-2019 class of Schmidt Science Fellows will be made following these interviews, and publicly announced shortly thereafter.

Timeline

2017

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.

2018

January - March 2018

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

March 2018

Final selections for the 2018-2019 class of Schmidt Science Fellows will be made and Fellows will be informed of their selection.

Following selection, Fellows will 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.