2025 Schmidt Science Fellows

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Extraordinary achievement, scientific curiosity, leadership, collaborative spirit – do these keywords describe PhD candidates in your doctoral program who will defend their thesis between 15 May 2024 and 30 June 2025?

Schmidt Science Fellows is an initiative of Schmidt Futures, delivered in partnership with the Rhodes Trust.

The Fellows receive a stipend of $110,000 per year and are supported to pursue a 12–24-month postdoctoral placement at a world-leading laboratory anywhere in the world in a disciplinary pivot from their PhD.

IMPORTANT : Nomination by thesis directors only!


Studying for a PhD in natural sciences (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics), Engineering, Mathematics, Computing – or any of the sub-disciplines, at one of our nominating partner institutions. Individuals on clinical track MD-PhD or Veterinary-PhD programs are not eligible;

Expected to complete all requirements for the conferral of their PhD between 15 May 2024 and 30 June 2025;

Able to start their Fellowship in July 2025 or October 2025 and available from April 2025 to July 2026 to attend onboarding activities, the in-person Science Leadership Program convenings and the annual Schmidt Science Fellows Interdisciplinary Science Summit.

Important deadlines

  • Internal submission deadline: 21 March 2024 (16:00 CEST), by the thesis supervisor or the doctoral program
  • Selection of the 7 top EPFL candidates: April 2024, by the EPFL Research Awards Commission
  • Registration on the applicant portal: 9 May to 30 May 2024, by the applicant
  • Full application: 10 July 2024, by the applicant
  • Final decisions: March 2025
  • Start: July 2025 - October 2025

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via the EPFL online application platformby the thesis director or the doctoral program only.

The internal deadline for applications is 21 March 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Contact: [email protected]