Call for nominations: 2019-2020 Schmidt Science Fellowship – due August 13


University of Washington Call for Nominations

The Schmidt Science Fellows program aims to equip the next generation of leaders and innovators with the tools and opportunities to drive world-changing advances across the sciences and society by giving them a year of scientific broadening between their PhD and the start of their research career. The Schmidt Science Fellows program will expose participants to new scientific breakthroughs, new fields of studies, new micro-cultures, and new ideas that they will take with them throughout their lives.

The University of Washington is one of 75 invited institutions to select nominees to advance to the international selection committee. In order to be eligible to become a Schmidt Science Fellow, individuals must have received or expect to receive a PhD in natural sciences (including life, physical, and earth sciences), engineering, mathematics, or computing between May 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

To be considered as one of our exceptional nominees, please submit the following elements as one PDF package via Google form by August 13, 5pm. Each of the documents below should be limited to one page and should address the selection criteria as outlined in the attached document.

  • Letter of recommendation and nomination by a faculty member
  • Personal statement from the candidate

UW Nominees will be notified and advanced to the Foundation by August 31. Nominees will then be sent full application materials by the Rhodes Trust, due November 30.

See attached for further information regarding the fellowship program and the inaugural class, of which UW is very fortunate to have a member (Dr. Hal Holmes from Bioengineering). The 2018-2019 fellows are 8 men, 6 women, representing 9 nationalities, from 12 nominating universities in 4 countries. Their PhDs covered disciplinary areas including: synthetic biology, molecular physiology, condensed matter physics, photonics, bioengineering, geophysics, computational genomics, and astrophysics.

Questions? Send to Associate Dean Kelly Edwards in the Office of Postdoc Affairs:

Nomination packets should be uploaded here:

Please review the attachment for complete details on the nomination and the program website for more info:

SSF Background Information2018.pdf


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