Skip to content

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.
Read Bio

Wendy Schmidt

President, Schmidt Family Foundation and Co-Founder, Schmidt Ocean Institute
Read Bio

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
Read Bio

Charles Conn

CEO and Warden of the Rhodes Trust
Read Bio

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.

View website.


The Schmidt Science Fellows program, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, is currently recruiting for a Program Director to lead the program, based in Oxford, England.

The Program Director will be responsible for the strategy, design, planning and implementation of the Schmidt Science Fellows program content, as well as being accountable for the operational and fiscal elements of the program. Leading a small, high-performing team, the Program Director should have strong STEM credentials, experience operating complex programs, and the ability to interact with scientists and engineers. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wishes to be instrumental in the creation and sustainability of this important initiative to develop the world’s most promising new scientists.

Further information about the position can be found here. Interested candidates should email Alasdair Maclay, Director of Strategy & Development for the Rhodes Trust, at or call +44 1865 270 956.