We have entered a fundamentally new era of science and technology, one where a new generation of scientific leaders have the potential to change the world for the better. Scientific progress and cutting-edge technologies are rapidly accelerating our understanding of the natural and built worlds. Research is increasingly global and can affect a wide range of pressing societal challenges. In this new era, the best scientists should draw insights from across numerous different disciplines, be able to apply new techniques, and possess a broad worldview informed by the intersections between science and the rest of society.
The Schmidt Science Fellows program aims to create a new generation of scientific leaders. Our goal is to give the world’s best aspiring scientific minds a broader perspective, the ability to engage in an interdisciplinary way, and the opportunity to make a lasting impact in society. Through a combination of group sessions at some of the world’s leading universities and a special postdoctoral study in a field different from their existing expertise, Fellows are exposed to new topics, new ways of thinking, and new people that will help guide their future paths to success.