The Quad Fellowship offers a unique combination of financial benefits, cross-cultural exchange, networking, and content programming. Each Quad Fellow will receive a one-time award of $50,000 which can be used for tuition, research, fees, books, room and board, and related academic expenses (e.g., registration fees, research-related travel). All Quad Fellows are eligible to apply for separate demonstrated needs-based funding of up to $25,000 to cover costs related to completing graduate-level studies.
- All Quad Fellows are eligible to apply for up to $25,000 in demonstrated need-based assistance for graduate-level studies.
- You can apply if you are an Australian, Indian, Japanese, or American citizen or lawful permanent resident.
- You can apply if you are enrolled full-time in an appropriate graduate or postgraduate degree program in 2023-2024.
- The selected winners must not have a legal impediment to obtaining a student visa to accept their Quad Fellowship.
- You will be unable to accept a Quad Fellowship if you are unable to secure a visa.
On September 24, 2021, Quad partners Australia, India, Japan, and the United States announced the Quad Fellowship: a first-of-its-kind scholarship program designed to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists. Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative, will operate and administer the fellowship program in consultation with a non-governmental taskforce, comprised of academic, foreign policy, and private sector leaders from each Quad country.
The Fellowship program has three core elements:
- Pre-program: Upon selection to the Quad Fellowship, Fellows Elect will have access to a variety of virtual resources and programming designed to build connections within the cohort as they navigate the graduate admissions process
- Core program: Beginning in August and extending through until the end of the academic year, Fellows will take part in a residential experience followed by virtual programming opportunities designed to deepen their understanding of topics at the intersection of STEM and society
- Alumni program: Upon graduation from the Quad Fellowship program, Senior Fellows will have access to resources that support a lifelong network across cohorts and the Quad countries
Each Quad Fellow will receive a one-time award of $50,000 which can be used for tuition, research, fees, books, room and board, and related academic expenses (e.g., registration fees, research-related travel). This award may be supplemented by other fellowships or grants. In addition, round-trip airfare to and from the United States is covered.
All Quad Fellows are eligible to apply for separate demonstrated needs-based funding of up to $25,000 to cover costs related to completing graduate-level studies.
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
- Be citizens or legal permanent residents of Australia, India, Japan, or the United States
- Have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a STEM field by August 2023
- Have a demonstrated record of superior academic achievement at the undergraduate level
- If applicants are currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program, they may apply if they will be enrolled in a qualified academic program during their time as a Fellow (i.e., August 2023 – May 2024)
Academic Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM): Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in a STEM field through academic success and / or original research.
Passion for the Intersection of Science, Society, and Policy: Candidates should demonstrate their interest and engagement not only in the sciences, but also in the impact these fields can have on society and public policy. This could be demonstrated by research conducted, internships held, or other professional or academic indicators of commitment.
Capacity to Bridge Differences: Candidates should demonstrate interest and ability to build connections between individuals with differing cultural, socio-economic, and professional backgrounds.
Orientation Towards Results: Candidates should describe their track record and abilities to produce tangible, successful, and positive results.
How to Apply
There are three components of the application process:
- Online application requesting three essays, background demographic information, and three letters of recommendation. At least two letters of recommendation must come from professors who can speak to the candidate’s academic abilities; one may come from either a professional contact or another academic contact.
- Expert review designed to assess proficiency in the applicant’s STEM field.
- Final-round panel interview designed to assess interest in the intersection of STEM and society, capacity to bridge differences, and an orientation towards results.
Final decisions will be announced in October or November 2022.
Last Date for Apply– 13 May 2022
- Applications will launch in March 2022.
- The first cohort of Quad Fellows will be announced in October 2022 and virtual pre-programming will begin.
- The residential program will begin in August of 2023.
- Fellows will receive funding for their graduate studies beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year.