Schmidt Futures announces the opening of applications for the Quad Fellowship in partnership with Australia, India, Japan and the United States

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Applications are open today for a one-of-a-kind scholarship that will fund masters and doctoral degrees for 100 outstanding Quad Nations STEM scholars

Scholars will have access to unparalleled benefits including tuition support, learning workshops, mentorship by STEM leaders, and cross-cultural exchange experiences

NEW YORK, March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Schmidt Futures announced today that applications are open for the Quad Fellowship. A one-of-a-kind scholarship supporting MSc and PhD students in STEM, the program is designed to drive science and technology innovation while building global connections among the next generation of scientists and technologists.

The Quad Fellowship is a joint initiative of the governments of Australia, India, Japanand United States. It is the flagship educational exchange program of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. Managed and administered by Schmidt Futures, the scholarship will sponsor 100 outstanding American, Japanese, Australian and Indian graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to study in United States starting in August 2023.

“We’re going to see more technological change in the next ten years than we’ve seen in the last fifty,” said The American President Joe Biden. “We want the next generation of scientists and technologists who will build the future to come from our Quad countries. Together, we are launching the new scholarship program to support STEM students in each of our countries and strengthen collaboration between our collaborators. It’s called the Quad Fellowship.”

The Fellowship will develop a network of science and technology experts committed to advancing innovation and collaboration in the private, public and academic sectors, within their own countries and between Quad countries. Over the course of 18 months of programming, Quad Fellows will receive academic support and have the opportunity to learn from scientists, technologists, politicians, and other figures from the Quad nations. Equally crucial, the program will build a foundational understanding among Quad Scholars of each other’s societies and cultures through strong community programming and cultural immersion experiences.

“We were honored to accept the invitation to lead and administer the Quad Fellowship,” said Eric BravermanCEO of Schmidt Futures. “As a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt betting on great people early on to make the world a better place, we believe that identifying and connecting talent through cross-disciplinary STEM programs like this is key to advancing world-changing innovation and solve our biggest challenges.”

“At the heart of the future, we see science and technology, engineering and mathematics, as they have always been at the forefront of progress and meeting human needs,” said australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison. “This is a fellowship that will create new connections and help identify solutions to some of the most pressing challenges we face in our region and around the world.”

“The most important driving force in the world today will be technology, technology that will be in the service and use of mankind,” said india Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Our Quad will act as a force for global good, and our cooperation under the Quad will ensure prosperity and peace in the Indo-Pacific and the world.”

“I have high hopes that the participants will become a ‘bridge’ connecting the four countries and be the engine of growth, helping to solve the problems facing the Indo-Pacific region and the world,” said from Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

All Quad Scholars will have access to the following benefits and participate in the following programs upon selection:

  • Funding: Quad Fellows will receive a one-time personal award of $50,000 to study in STEM Masters and PhD programs in United States. Fellows may separately apply for additional funding based on need up to $25,000 to support the completion of their university studies under conditions.
  • Programming: Quad Fellows will participate in regular virtual and in-person workshops on a variety of themes, including the intersection of STEM and society, ethics and innovation, and emerging technologies. Fellows will also benefit from small group research and support networks.
  • Mentoring: Quad Fellows will connect with top scientists, technologists and national leaders from Quad countries, providing unparalleled opportunities for networking and mentorship.
  • Intercultural exchange: Quad Fellows will make lifelong connections within an international network of STEM innovators through flagship international experiences, including a week-long residency in Australia, JapanWhere Indiaa weekend at the top washington d.c.and other immersion offers in the country.

“Schmidt Futures is excited to support emerging talent in STEM,” said Quad Fellowship Executive Director Tony Woods. “A forward-looking global initiative, the Fellowship will bring together the next generation of exceptionally talented scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians who want to use their skills to positively impact society.”

An international advisory board comprised of leaders from academia, government, business, and civil society will provide advice on Quad Fellowship selection, programming, and immersion experiences. Members include Ambassador Court Richardformer Australian Ambassador to Japan; Ambassador Navtej Sarnaformer Indian Ambassador to United States; Ambassador Kazuyoshi Umemoto, President of the Japan Foundation; Secretary Ash Carter, former US Secretary of Defense; Professor Michael SimmonsDirector of the Center of Excellence for Quantum Computing and Communication Technology at the University University of New South Wales; Professor K. Vijay Raghavanchief scientific adviser to the government of India; Professor Yoichiro Matsumotoscientific and technological adviser from Japan Minister of Foreign Affairs; dr. Shirley Malcolm, Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change at the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Professor Carla BrodleyDean of Inclusive Computing at Northeastern University; Paul DaughertyGroup Chief Executive – Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Accenture; Amy Stursbergexecutive director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and CEO of Schwarzman Scholars and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Foundation; Naveed Hussain, chief technology officer at Boeing; Ambassador Karan BhatiaHead of Global Policy and Government Relations at Google; Michael FraccaroChief People Officer at Mastercard; Christine Bastien, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Western Digital; and Cassie Croquet, Vice President of Talent Engine at Schmidt Futures. Additional members of the International Advisory Board will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

The Quad Fellowship is also supported by a group of industry-leading corporate sponsors with a track record of innovation and technological advancement. Founding sponsors include Accenture, Blackstone, Boeing, Google, Mastercard and Western Digital.

The video messages calling for applications from the leaders of the Quad countries are below:

Applications will be accepted via June 1, 2022. For more details on the Quad scholarship, visit https://www.quadfellowship.org/

About Schmidt Futures Contracts:

Schmidt Futures Contracts bets very early on exceptional people who make the world a better place. Founded by Eric and Wendy SchmidtSchmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative that creates public value from private philanthropy through risk transfer – showing that people who are brilliant in networks can solve difficult problems in science and society by connecting through across fields, competing and stimulating ideas, bringing multiple types of capital to bear, and applying science and technology thoughtfully through tools such as AI.

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