Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program 2011-12

Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program 2011-12

The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field. In the first four years of the Whitaker Program, 100 grants have been awarded to Fellows and Scholars to conduct projects in over 20 countries worldwide.

The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program can support between 50 and 60 grants per year.

For the 2011-12 competition, the Whitaker Program intends to fund about 50 high-quality projects.

The Program consists of two branches: Whitaker Fellows and Whitaker Scholars

Whitaker Fellows are biomedical engineers ranging from graduating seniors to those conducting doctoral studies. Whitaker Scholars are biomedical engineers who have/will have a PhD by the beginning date of their awards. Applicants are eligible ONLY for one or the other (depending on their academic level).

Biomedical engineers can use the Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program to go overseas to help their careers, and the field of BME. Potential overseas activities could include:

  • Conducting research at an academic institution
  • Interning at a policy institute
  • Establishing ties between home and host institutions
  • Pursuing post-doctoral research


All Whitaker Awards

  • Degree / Enrollment: No more than 3 years from most recent degree, or currently enrolled
  • Language: Have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure.
  • Citizenship: Have U.S. citizenship, OR are a permanent legal resident of the U.S.
  • Field / Specialty: In biomedical engineering or bioengineering



  • Graduating senior
  • Recent recipient of a BS
  • In an MS program, or recently completed one
  • In a PhD program
  • Currently employed, with most recent degree no higher than an MS



  • Will finish PhD before taking a Whitaker grant
  • Completed PhD

Award Benefits Include

  • Round trip international airfare
  • A monthly living stipend
  • Individual reimbursement amounts are determined by the Whitaker Program at the time of grant award, typically no greater than US$25,000
  • Health & Accident insurance
  • Fellows Only: Tuition (and bench fees) reimbursement, capped at US$35,000 (regardless of country of exchange or exchange rate)

The last date for applications is January 24, 2011.

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