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Who We Are

The Schmidt Science Fellows program is administered by Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust. The Program is also supported by many of the world’s leading scientific thinkers and institutions.

Program Sponsors

Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman, Alphabet, Inc.
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Wendy Schmidt

President, Schmidt Family Foundation and Co-Founder, Schmidt Ocean Institute
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The Schmidt Science Fellows, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, is the first initiative in a new effort to further scientific knowledge, advance society through technology, and promote shared prosperity.

This partnership will serve the public alongside other longstanding, independent efforts of the Schmidts, which include both The Schmidt Family Foundation and the Schmidt Ocean Institute.

Sir John Hood

Chair of the Rhodes Trust
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Charles Conn

CEO and Warden of the Rhodes Trust
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Since its creation in 1903, the Rhodes Trust has been a globally recognized leader in the selection and development of leadership in academia and society.
Through this partnership with the Schmidt Science Fellows program, the Trust is fulfilling its mission by identifying talented bright, young minds in the fields of science and engineering in order to improve upon their scientific expertise, leadership and management skills.

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The Schmidt Science Fellows program, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, is currently hiring for several positions that will comprise the program’s core leadership. These positions include the following:

  • Executive Director
  • Deputy Director & Program Manager
  • Director of External Affairs & Fellowship Support

These individuals will collectively have responsibility for designing and operating this exciting new program, working closely with the program’s sponsors.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Schmidt Science Fellows program, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, on these positions. For further information on the positions and to apply, please visit and use the code RARAF, or contact

Before becoming Warden and CEO of the Rhodes Trust, Mr Conn was Senior Advisor to the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. At the Moore Foundation his conservation projects included the preservation of wild salmon ecosystems and the Palmyra Atoll biological research station. His investment company, Redjuice Capital, focused on technology and clean energy companies and he sits on several company and non-profit boards or advisory committees, including Patagonia, the Arcadia Foundation, the Oxford Internet Institute and the Atlantic Salmon Foundation. Charles is also a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College.

Earlier in his career, Mr Conn was the CEO of Ticketmaster-Citysearch, having co-founded Citysearch in 1995 and overseen the merger with Ticketmaster and the company’s public share offering. Prior to starting TMCS, Charles was a Partner with McKinsey & Company, and a leader of its growth strategy and energy practices. In 2001 he was selected as a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Mr Conn holds a BA from Boston University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. During his time in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he achieved First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Mr Conn is a citizen of both Canada and the United States.

Sir John Hood is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation, and Chair of the Rhodes Trust. He also serves as a director on the Board of WPP plc; and as Chairman of BMT Group and Study Group Limited.

From 2004 to 2009, Sir John served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. He served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland from 1999 to 2004.

Sir John earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Auckland. Sir John has been appointed a Knight Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit.