Schmidt Science Fellowships 2024

The Schmidt Science Fellows program provides the world’s best emerging scientists with new skills and perspectives to develop novel solutions to society’s challenges, become scientific and societal thought leaders, and accelerate ground-breaking discoveries. 

The program is looking for the brightest minds in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computing who are interested in broadening their horizons.

Deadline – In April 2024

Annual Value – $100,000 USD per year

Citizenship – Canadian Permanent Resident International

Degree Level – Doctoral

 Candidates to be Schmidt Science Fellows are expected to already have a strong track record of scientific achievement from their PhD studies, combined with a clear intellectual curiosity and desire to drive future discoveries.

They should have the commitment and character to engage with society and global challenges to make a lasting difference in the world. Fellows should have a collaborative spirit with the experience and desire to work with diverse teams and across scientific disciplines.

Fellows receive a stipend of $100,000 USD per year and are supported to pursue a one to two year postdoctoral placement at a world-leading laboratory anywhere in the world in a disciplinary pivot from their PhD.  Fellows also benefit from a Global Meeting Series and personalized mentoring program.  UBC is one of a select group of the world’s leading science and engineering institutions that are invited to nominate students to the international competition.  In 2022, 29 Schmidt Science Fellows were selected to be recipients globally

Eligible Requirement For Schmidt Science Fellowships 2024

In order to be eligible for nomination and potential selection as a Schmidt Science Fellow, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must have completed, or expect to complete, all the requirements for the conferral of their UBC PhD, including a successful defense, between 1 June 2023 and 30 July 2024.  Please note that prospective UBC students are not eligible for nomination.
  1. 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.
  1. Be available for the entire period of the 2024 program, from July 2024 to September 2025 including attendance of the Global Meeting Series (whether virtual or in person, as conditions allow, and including additional virtual programming).

The Schmidt Science Fellows program is committed to equality of opportunity for all candidates.  

Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, parental status, marital or civil partner status, race, color, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief. 

Application Procedure On Schmidt Science Fellowships 2024

Schmidt Science Fellowships applicants must submit their application materials to their UBC graduate program.  Applicants should check with their UBC graduate program to find out their internal application deadline. 

A complete application will consist of the following:

  1. CV, including publications (maximum three pages)
  2. A brief description of your PhD research (maximum one page)
  3. Personal Statement (maximum one page):
  4. Description of your leadership qualities
  5. Fellowship Research Proposal (maximum two pages)
  6. Options for placement (maximum one page
  7. One letter of support (maximum 2 pages).  The letter should be signed and on letterhead (where possible).

Successful UBC nominees will be invited by the Schmidt Science Fellows program to submit a full application in June.

Nomination Procedure On Schmidt Science Fellowships 2024

A complete nomination package will consist of the following, submitted as 1 PDF document to the department’s Sharepoint folder, by April 6, 2023 at 4:00 pm PT:

  1. CV, including publications (maximum three pages)
  2. A brief description of PhD research (maximum one page)
  3. Personal Statement (maximum one page)
  4. Fellowship Research Proposal (maximum two pages)
  5. Options for placement (maximum one page)
  6. One letter of support (maximum 2 pages).

Details on the documents noted above are outlined in the ‘Application Procedures’ section of this webpage.

Please save the file name as Schmidt_PROGRAM_LastName_FirstName.pdf (e.g. a nomination file for student Jane Smith from MATH would be called Schmidt_MATH_Smith_Jane.pdf).

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