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Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt that bets early on exceptional people working to solve hard problems in science and society. The Rhodes Trust, based at the University of Oxford, brings together and develops exceptional people from all over the world, and in all fields of study, who are impatient with the way things are and have the courage to act.

Rise is a program that finds brilliant people who need opportunity and supports them for life as they work to serve others. An initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, Rise is the anchor program of a $1 billion commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt to find and support global talent.

Rise is a program that finds brilliant people who need opportunity and supports them for life as they work to serve others. The program starts at ages 15–17 and offers a lifetime of benefits including scholarships, mentorship, access to career development opportunities, funding, and more as Global Winners work toward solving humanity’s most pressing problems.

Criteria

  • Applicants for the 2023 cohort must be between the ages of 15 and 17 as of July 1, 2023, meaning they are born on or between July 2, 2005 and July 1, 2008
  • It does not matter what country they live in, background they come from, or academic experience they have. Whether they are interested in science, innovation, technology, art, policy, community organizing, or any other discipline—we want to hear from them
  • Rise is a program that finds brilliant people who need opportunity and supports them as they work to serve others. We understand that economic barriers are not the only challenges that keep brilliant people from serving others throughout their lives

Benefits

  • Residential Summit
  • Programming & Education
  • Global Winner Network
  • Higher Education Scholarships
  • Technology Package

About Schmidt Futures

Schmidt Futures bets early on exceptional people making the world better. Founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, we apply modern tools from science and technology to knit talent into networks, deploy interdisciplinary teams to take on the most important public problems, and advance platforms to scale the highest-risk, highest-return ideas for public benefit.

To realize this vision, we use a broad set of tools—including gifts, grants, investments, and startup activity—for charitable, educational, and commercial efforts with a public purpose. We seek to be a funder of first opportunity rather than a lender of last resort.