Quad Fellowship

Website: Quad Fellowship


Quad Fellowships are designed to create a collaborative network of exceptional engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and technologists who will advance innovation and research with a steadfast dedication to positive social impact.

Quad Fellows are selected from an international pool of distinguished candidates from the four Quad countries of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. Prospective Fellows are expected to demonstrate academic excellence, exceptional results in their field, and a desire to use their talents to promote collective good.

Program Benefits:

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.

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


Applicants must:

  • 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)

Student Type
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status

Learn more and apply at https://www.quadfellowship.org/apply.

Application components:

  • Official Transcript from Undergraduate University 

    • The Quad Fellowship requires a complete and official record of your higher education. If your official transcript is not in English, please include both the original and a translated copy. If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program, please also include your most recent transcript from your current program.

  • Statement of Purpose 

    • The Statement of Purpose is your opportunity to explain your academic and professional interests and experiences. It should also include how you intend to impact others for the better through your work, and how being a Quad Fellow will aid you in achieving your professional aspirations.

  • 2 Short Essays

    • The short essay responses are opportunities to explain in more detail what you would uniquely bring to the Quad Fellowship and how it would uniquely benefit your academic and professional goals. There are two essay subjects: Leading Positive Change and Sharing and Bridging Diverse Perspectives. For each, you will be able to choose from among a handful of essay prompts. It is recommended to select prompts that will provide new or supplementary information for the Quad Fellowship Admissions Team.

  • Resume

    • Your resume should be no more than 2 pages and should include all relevant experiences, including but not limited to education, work experience, volunteer work, and publications.

  • Three Letters of Recommendation 

    • Your application must include three letters of recommendation. At least two letters of recommendation must come from professors who can speak to your academic abilities. The third letter of recommendation may come from either a professional contact or another academic contact. When choosing recommenders, select those individuals who can speak to both your academic abilities as well as your commitment to making positive impact through your work. 

    • All letters of recommendation must be in English. Recommenders may address their letters to the Quad Fellowship Admissions Team. Applicants will provide their recommenders’ contact information and the recommenders will be able to submit their letters directly to the Quad Fellowship through the application portal. Be sure to give your recommenders at least 3 weeks of notice to complete their letters by June 2022.

  • TOEFL Scores 

    • All Quad Fellowship programming will be conducted in English, and all Quad Fellows will study at English-language universities in the US. Therefore, full English proficiency is required for participation in the program. If you are not a native English speaker and/or have not studied at an English post-secondary institution for at least two years, you will need to submit your scores from an English proficiency examination such as the TOEFL. 

Optional Application Materials

  • Additional standardized test scores such as GRE

    • Additional standardized test scores are not required. However, you are welcome to submit them with your application.


Finalists under consideration will be invited to 2 rounds of interviews after initial application application reviews are complete.


Selection Criteria:

  • 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.
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