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Selection Update

We recently invited Nominating Partners to identify candidates for the 2024 cohort ahead of the next cycle of applications opening for nominated candidates in May 2023 as per the schedule below.

2024 Cohort Selection Process

The Schmidt Science Fellows program works in partnership with a select group of the world’s leading science and engineering institutions to identify candidates to apply for each year’s Fellowship cohort. Our annual process follows these steps:

Each of the selected institutions is invited to nominate a small number of their most exceptional PhD students. Institutions will use their own internal processes to choose nominees who will then be issued with a unique authorization code to access our application portal to register their intent to apply.

Nominated individuals will then complete a full application. Applications will consist of a candidate’s academic history, including transcripts, current CV with details of relevant publications, at least three (but no more than five) letters of recommendation, a personal statement outlining their motivations, a brief description of their PhD research, a proposal outlining their future research plans, and three short outlines of potential labs in which they may carry out this research.

Application packages will then undergo an Academic Review by discipline-specific panels of senior researchers to determine which candidates should progress to the final stage.

Finalists will be invited to an online panel interview with senior figures from academia, business, and society.

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


Invitations to nominate are issued in March and candidates are selected by their institutions ahead of the applications process opening on 12 May 2023.

12 May 2023

Application portal opens and candidates are asked to submit their preliminary information by 1 June 2023.

12 May – 17 July 2023

Following submission of preliminary information, candidates complete the remaining sections of the application form and submit their full application by 17 July 2023.

August 2023

Multi-stage review of applications begins, as described above.

April 2024

The 2024 cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows is selected and candidates are informed of the decisions, followed by a formal announcement in May.

Following selection, Fellows will work with the Program team to identify, consider, and finalize postdoctoral placement opportunities, in advance of the Fellowship Year beginning.