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Fellowships to USA and International Graduate Students in
Eligible Countries to Further STEM Studies in the United States

Quad Fellowship

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Schmidt Futures

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06/30/22 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Fellowships to USA and International master’s and doctoral students in eligible countries to further STEM studies in the United States. Fellows will receive funding as well as access to programming, resources, mentorships, and a network of professionals dedicated to advancing innovation and research for positive social impact. This program will sponsor 100 exceptional American, Japanese, Australian, and Indian master’s and doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to study in the United States.

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 will develop a network of science and technology experts committed to advancing innovation and collaboration in the private, public, and academic sectors, in their own nations and among Quad countries. The program will build a foundational understanding among Quad Scholars of one another’s societies and cultures through cohort-wide trips and robust programming with each country’s top scientists, technologists, and politicians.

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

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GrantWatch ID#: 202825

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Financial benefits:

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.

Programmatic benefits:

In addition to financial support, Quad Fellows will have access to a variety of programming opportunities, as outlined below:

Pre-program for Fellows Elect:

Beginning in October, Quad Fellows Elect will participate in organized virtual programming, including virtual learning sessions, guest speaker events, and receive advice on navigating the university application process followed by a “send off” event in respective Quad countries prior to beginning their time as Quad Fellows.

Core program for Fellows:

Beginning in August with a multi-day residential experience in Australia, India, or Japan, Quad Fellows will have access to virtual programming with the greatest minds in STEM, government, and society, a tailored mentorship program, and opportunities to participate in individual or small-group experiences or projects focused on Quad country priority focus areas.

Alumni programming for Senior Fellows:

As Senior Fellows, Quad Fellowship alumni will be part of a growing and global lifelong network of exceptional engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and technologists dedicated to advancing innovation and research for positive social impact.

Term of Contract:

The residential program will begin in August of 2023. Fellows will receive funding for their graduate studies beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application submission
- 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)

The Quad Fellowship supports graduate study in STEM fields, including Behavioral Sciences, Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences. Clinical healthcare fields are not applicable.

Applicants are eligible to apply if they have completed or will complete a bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields by August 2023: Behavioral Sciences, Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees in social sciences are not eligible to apply.

Clinical healthcare degrees such as medical degrees (including MDs, DOs, and PAs), nursing degrees, and clinical psychology degrees are ineligible for Quad Fellowship funding.

Due to the structure and timeline of the Quad Fellowship, transfer students are ineligible to apply.

The foregoing notwithstanding, the following are not eligible for the Quad Fellowship: (a) current or former (within the twelve months immediately preceding the start of the Entry Period, as defined below) employees, officers, directors, agents, and contractors of Quad Fellowship, LLC; (b) anyone involved in providing or supporting the Services, including judges; (c) any member of the immediate family (i.e., a spouse, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild) or household of any of the foregoing individuals; (d) previous recipients of the Quad Fellowship; (e) commercial enterprises and business entities; (f) group submissions; (g) individuals who have already applied to the Quad Fellowship in the current Entry Period or past year; and (h) any individual residing in a jurisdiction where participation in the Services is prohibited or restricted by law in any way, or who is prohibited from visiting the United States or is otherwise not permitted to receive any portion of a Benefit because of the United States Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”). Any individual appearing on the list provided by OFAC is expressly excluded from the Quad Fellowship, whether currently listed or subsequently listed at any time during their use of the Services.

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Upcoming info sessions

Please join a virtual information session to learn more about the Quad Fellowship's program benefits and application requirements. Webinars are offered March - May – see below to find the time that works best for you and your time zone. One session per month will focus on the application process. Dial-in information is shared after registration. Attendance is optional and not required to apply.

- Wednesday, April 27 at 5:30 PM
- Monday, May 2 at 6:00 PM
- Tuesday, May 17 at 9:00 AM
- Wednesday, May 25 at 5:30 PM

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Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is June 30th, 2022 at 5pm Eastern Time.

- March 2022: Application Opens
- June 30, 2022: Application Closes
- July 2022 - October 2022: Application Review Period
- October 2022: Quad Fellows are selected and pre-Fellowship programming begins
- August 2023: Residential experience and Fellowship programming begins
- Summer 2024: Senior Fellowship (alumni) programming begins

How to Apply:

1. Confirm you are eligible for the Quad Fellowship by reviewing the eligibility criteria.

2. Complete the online application form (coming soon) by the deadline of June 30, 2022 at 5pm EST. All application materials, including your resume, transcript, and letters of recommendation, must be in English. If your application is not in English, please submit a translated transcript that is signed and certified by your institution or an official translator. Note: The application requires three letters of recommendation. Both the application form and the letters of recommendation must be submitted by June 30, 2022. You are encouraged to reach out to your recommenders as early as possible to ensure timely submission.

3. Await notification for the next steps by mid-July. Selected applicants will advance to the interview stage of the selection process.


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The four Quad countries of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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