Call for applications: Schmidt Science Fellows 2022 cohort

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 doctoral degree in one of these fields between 01 June 2021 and 30 July 2022.
  • Be available for the entire period of the 2022 program, from July 2022 to September 2023, including attendance of the Global Meeting Series (whether virtual or in person, as conditions allow, and including additional virtual programming).

Please submit your application documents in one single PDF-file to the TUM Graduate School Management Office via e-mail to
Extended application deadline is June 17, 2021.  

For further information about the application documents, please refer to the document "Application_Schmidt Science Fellows 2022". 

In advance of this year's application, the Schmidt Science Fellows will be holding an online session for prospective candidates who are considering applying to the 2022 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. 

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

Invitation: Schmidt Science Fellows – Online Session for Prospective Candidates

15th June 2021 (4:00pm CEST / 4:00pm SAST / 3:00pm BST)