Applications to Schmidt Science Fellows are by invitation only, following candidate nomination by their PhD awarding institution. Candidates applying for our 2025 cohort must expect to complete all the requirements for the conferral of their PhD, including a successful defense, between May 15, 2024 and June 30, 2025.
Conferral is taken to mean all official requirements have been met to enable your PhD awarding institution to confirm that you may use a PhD title. We do not require the graduation ceremony to have taken place, but candidates must have submitted and defended their thesis and be able to provide formal proof that all requirements are met for the PhD.
We do not normally allow Fellows to receive any awards or remuneration from other organizations concurrent with the Fellowship. Supplementary funding for research and other professional development is allowed and encouraged. With program approval, a Fellow may also retain the title of another Fellowship during the Fellowship Year if personal remuneration is not accepted.