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Empowering Exceptional Talent


Betting early on the world’s most talented people and empowering them to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Outstanding talent drives the pace and scale of global progress, but many of the world’s most talented people are under-utilized for public benefit because they go undiscovered, are inefficiently matched to early development opportunities, fail to find networks that support them in working together or increasing their impact, or retreat to safety in careers with known development paths and greater financial return.

Schmidt Futures works to overcome these obstacles by empowering the world’s most exceptional people and creating talent pipelines that traverse fields. This vision permeates all of our work in driving progress on Scientific Knowledge, Technology and Society, and Shared Prosperity.



Empower exceptional talent for global impact

We find outstanding young talent everywhere in the world and increase their lifetime potential for global impact for public benefit — both separately and together.


Engage major institutions for global impact

We empower talent-seeking organizations (universities, fellowships, employers) to more accurately recognize talent, improve talent retention and development, and provide greater opportunities to work for public good.


Create a more efficient market for values-based work to help others

Through the power of network scale, we build platforms to reinforce and recognize extraordinary people who serve others with compassion, humility, cleverness, and grit.

As part of our mission to empower exceptional talent, Schmidt Futures is also recruiting for a number of exciting positions on our team.  Explore these positions here and find out how to apply.

Featured Programs


Rise, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, will build a lifelong community of students, teachers, and institutions across sectors who aim to serve others.


Schmidt Futures’ Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program provides the world’s most talented people with the opportunity to incubate new ideas for public benefit and to invest in efforts with the potential to change entire sectors at scale.

Associate Product Manager

A gap exists between the number of highly qualified young people who want to apply their skills to solve problems for humanity, and the number of good opportunities that exist to do that. The Schmidt Futures Associate Product Manager (APM) Program plays a market-clearing function in connecting entrepreneurial young tech talent to major societal challenges. We provide them the mentorship, network, and teams to create and execute advanced computing platforms to address challenges in healthcare, education, and other fields.

Schmidt Science Fellows

In partnership with the Rhodes Trust, the Schmidt Science Fellows program is working to advance the next generation of leaders in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computing to tackle the world’s most challenging problems.

  • Rise

  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence

  • Associate Product Manager

  • Schmidt Science Fellows