Vanderbilt named nominating partner for Schmidt Science Fellowship program

Vanderbilt University has been named a nominating partner for the Schmidt Science Fellowship program. This competitive fellowship is open to late-stage doctoral students in the fields of natural sciences, computing, engineering or mathematics after completion of their Ph.D.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $100,000 a year for up to two years and placement in an internationally renowned lab. The program works with each fellow after selection to identify and secure a postdoctoral fellowship placement that will best achieve a pivot from their current research to an interdisciplinary-focused research agenda.

The interdisciplinary model of the Schmidt Science Fellowship further connects Vanderbilt’s recent investments in research and discovery through the Discovery Vanderbilt initiative. “Because of the commitment to bolster interdisciplinary research as part of Discovery Vanderbilt, we are well positioned to nominate exceptional doctoral scholars to participate in the Schmidt Science Fellowship selection process,” said C. André Christie-Mizell, vice provost of graduate education, dean of the Graduate School and director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Schmidt Science Fellows support interdisciplinary research that tackles issues across the globe through strong scientific achievement and collaboration among diverse teams and scientific disciplines. Fellows are supported through a personalized mentoring team, as well as career and professional development that lasts beyond the fellowship. The program also includes a global meeting series that enables collaboration and training of scientific leadership skills.

The application is open through April 16 in InfoReady. Internal candidates will undergo an internal review process, and those selected to submit applications to the program will be announced on May 8.

Questions can be directed to Faith Bishop, associate director in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

About Schmidt Science Fellows

Schmidt Science Fellows is an initiative of Schmidt Futures, delivered in partnership with the Rhodes Trust. More information can be found at