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Whitaker International Program

September 12, 2015

**The Whitaker International program is closing as of December 2018 **
he current 2016 cycle will be the last year to apply for two-year awards. 2017 will be the last cycle.

The Whitaker International Program sends U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) graduate students and recent graduates overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers in the field.  Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, Whitaker International encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting.

The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook.


Fellows and Scholars Program
Deadline: January 19, 2016

  • Fellows - Graduate-level applicants, from graduating seniors through current PhD students. Fellows receive a stipend for one year, and are eligible for tuition reimbursement.
  • Scholars - 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.

Summer Grants Program
Deadline: February 2, 2016

  • For currently enrolled Master’s or PhD students, or recent Master’s recipients.  Summer awards are for 8 weeks including a fixed fellowship award and a monthly stipend, along with additional benefits.  Up to 20 awards will be available for Summer 2016.


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be in the field of biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closely-related field (Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine).
  • Be no more than 3 years from the receipt of your most recent degree, or be currently enrolled.
  • Have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure.


Information Sessions

These sessions will focus on specifics of how to apply to Whitaker, eligibility requirements and other information regarding the program.

Friday, October 30, 4:15-5pm
Location TBA
Register in advance

Tuesday, November 3, 3-4pm
Fellowships Office, Disque 109
Register in advance

For more information please contact Dr. Meredith Wooten at the Drexel Fellowships Office and visit the Whitaker website.