Whitaker International Fellows Program

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National Deadline: Jan. 19, 2016 (Academic Year 2016-2017) and Feb. 2, 2016 (for Summer Grant Program)

Official Website and Application


Today, biomedical engineering is becoming more and more of global discipline, and the Whitaker International Fellows Program provides the opportunity for young biomedical engineers to study or conduct research overseas.

The Awards

The Whitaker International Fellows Program award is tenable for up one year and provides the following:

  • Round trip international airfare
  • A monthly living stipend
  • Health & Accident insurance

The Whitaker Summer Grant Program provides U.S. bioengineers and biomedical engineers funding to pursue a summer (8 weeks from June to August) of high-quality research, internship in an industry setting or coursework relevant to field of focus in an international setting. Participants are responsible for their own individually-arranged placements in university labs or other appropriate sites under supervision of a mentor.


To be eligible for the Whitaker Fellows program, applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) by the start of the grant period
  • Have NOT received a doctorate by the grant start date
  • Have U.S. citizenship, or are a permanent legal resident of the US
  • Have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure
  • Are currently enrolled or have obtained your most recent degree within three years of your proposed start date
  • Have received a nomination letter from the dean of a school or chair of the biomedical engineering department at the institution you are attending, or have most recently attended.

The Application

A complete applications consists of:

  • Biographical Information Sheet
  • One-page essay explaining motivation and personal experience
  • Two-page essay describing previous scientific research activities
  • Two-page essay describing proposed plan of study and/or research
  • One-page essay explaining plans upon returning to the U.S. relevant to future in biomedical engineering
  • Three letters of reference
  • Foreign language report
  • Letter of Support from an in-country host institution
  • Letter of nomination from home institution

Other Whitaker Programs:

Whitaker International Undergraduate Program Scholarship
Whitaker International Scholars Program (Post-Doctoral)

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