Call for applications: Schmidt Science Fellows 2023 cohort - Deadline extended until May 12th

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Schmidt Science Fellows, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, seeks to create a new generation of scientific leaders through a combination of a postdoctoral fellowship of $100,000 a year and workshops at some of the world’s leading universities, as well as individualized mentoring.

Fellows are supported to pursue a postdoctoral placement at a world-leading laboratory anywhere in the world in a disciplinary pivot from their doctoral research. During their Fellowship Year, they also participate in a varied and challenging Global Meeting Series that introduces new research ideas, techniques, and questions, in addition to a tailored training program. Fellows benefit from a personalized mentoring program, providing professional development support from experienced and internationally accomplished scientists, and at the completion of the Fellowship Year, join the Senior Fellows community of alumni for ongoing support, interaction, and programming opportunities.

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In order to be eligible for nomination to the Schmidt Science Fellows application process, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have conducted their graduate degree in the natural sciences (Astronomy, Biology,
    Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Sciences), Engineering, Mathematics, or Computing – and all
    sub-disciplines therein.
  • Have completed, or expect to complete, all of the requirements for the conferral of their
    doctorate in one of these fields between 1 June 2022 and 30 July 2023.
  • Be available for the entire period of the 2023 program, from July 2023 to September 2024
    including attendance of the Global Meeting Series (whether virtual or in person, as
    conditions allow, and including additional virtual programming).
  • Be nominated by a designated senior official at one of our nominating partner institutions.

Please submit your application documents in one single PDF-file to the TUM Graduate School Management Office via e-mail to

Application documents:

  1. Motivation letter for application (one page);
  2. Curriculum vitae, incl. publications, patents, scientific awards
  3. Summary of the dissertation
  4. Support letter from the doctoral supervisor

The extented application deadline is May 12th, 2022.  


Schmidt Science Fellows – Online Session for Prospective Candidates

In advance of this year's application, the Schmidt Science Fellows will be holding online sessions for prospective candidates who are considering applying to the 2023 Schmidt Science Fellows with information about the Fellowship and to provide further guidance on the application process. A presentation from the Admissions team will be followed by a Q&A discussion with some of the current Fellows who will be happy to take questions and discuss their experience as Schmidt Science Fellows. There will be three separate webinars (timed to suit candidates working in different regions), docotral candidates may attend at whichever time suits you best, but must register using one of the links below: 

To attend this event, please register using the link below: 

Webinar 1 
25th April 2022
Time: 9:00 PDT / 12:00 EDT / 17:00 BST / 18:00 CEST / 01:00 (+1) KST / 02:00 (+1) AEST

Register here  (ideal for an audience based in North/South America and Europe)

Webinar 2 
26th April 2022
Time: 01:00 PDT / 04:00 EDT / 09:00 BST / 10:00 CEST / 17:00 KST / 18:00 AEST 
Register here (ideal for an audience based in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania)

Webinar 3
26th April 2022
Time: 07:00 PDT / 10:00 EDT / 15:00 BST / 16:00 CEST / 23:00 KST / 00:00 (+1) AEST 
Register here (ideal for an audience based in North/South America, Europe and Africa)