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Thiel Fellowship

Offered by The Thiel Foundation

Reviewed by Brian GeigerLast updated May 2, 2023
Multiple awards worth

$100,000

Grade level

High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Application deadline:

Rolling

Scholarship Overview

Are you a budding entrepreneur or inventor with a great idea? Further, have you dropped out of or decided not to attend college to pursue your idea? If so, we recommend applying for the Thiel Fellowship! The Fellowship consistently awards $100,000 to applicants who submit the most promising and impressive ideas. The fellowship is founded and funded by Peter Thiel, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and political activist who co-founded Paypal amongst other companies. In order to apply for the Thiel Fellowship, you must be under 23 years of age and submit an application regarding your past work and current pursuits. Applications are accepted and awards are distributed on a rolling basis. 

With that said, if you have a great idea that you think you won’t be able to carry out while in college, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to individuals under 23 years of age who have decided to drop out of or not attend college to pursue an entrepreneurial pursuit.

Grade Level

High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Citizenship

US Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA, Other

Minimum GPA

No GPA requirement

Other Category

Nontraditional

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application in addition to the below application materials.

Essay

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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship open to international students?

Yes, this scholarship is open to US Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA students and international students.

When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

The Thiel Fellowship winner will be announced: rolling.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The Thiel Foundation at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the Thiel Fellowship is not renewable.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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