Whitaker International Fellows & Scholars Program

Campus deadline

Nomination from the department chair or dean is required. See your department chair!

Official deadline

Whitaker Fellows and Scholars Program, 21 January 2014

Whitaker Undergraduate Scholarship Program, 17 March 2014


The Whitaker International Program provides funding to emerging U.S.-based leaders in biomedical engineering/bioengineering to conduct a study and/or research project abroad, with the underlying objective of increasing international collaboration in the field of Biomedical Engineering (BME). Grant projects – including lab research, coursework, public policy work – are intended to enhance both the recipient’s career and the field. Up to 50 grants are awarded each year.

The program has two categories. Fellows are graduate-level applicants, from graduating seniors through current Ph.D. students. Fellows receive a stipend for one year, and are eligible for tuition reimbursement. Scholars are post-doctoral applicants, who recently received their PhD.  Scholar awards can be for as little as one academic semester or as long as two years of funding, depending on their needs. Second year funding is contingent upon demonstration of progress made during the first year.


A candidate for any Whitaker International Program grant must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.
  • be in the field of biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closely-related field such as Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine. (The program also allows for non-BME majors to apply as long as the candidate demonstrates experience and interest in BME; significant coursework, research, laboratory/work experience are some of the ways to demonstrate a commitment to BME.)
  • be no more than 3 years from the receipt of his/her most recent degree, or be currently enrolled.
  • possess the requisite language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure.

NOTE: Please see the specific grant pages for further eligibility requirements.

Application & selection process

Students apply directly on line (see the official website), but must secure a letter of nomination from a department chair or dean.

Grants are awarded based on an activity/project proposal that is relevant to biomedical engineering. Please note that not all aspects of the project have to be strictly BME related, but the applicant should showcase how the award will enhance his/her future goals in the bioengineering field.

Official website