National deadline: January 19, 2016

Eligibility requirements for Whitaker Fellows (pre-doctoral):

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • In the field of biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closely-related field (Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine) or, if your institution doesn't offer a formalized BME program, have demonstrated commitment to the field of BME.
  • No more than 3 years from the receipt of your most recent degree, or currently enrolled
  • Strong language capability in proposed host country 
  • Bachelor's degree by the beginning date of the grant or, have recently completed a Master's degree or, in a PhD program or currently employed, with the most recent degree no higher than an MS

Eligibility requirements for Whitaker Scholars (post-doctoral):

  • Same requirements as Whitaker Fellow BUT must currently have a PhD (within the past 3 years of grant start date) or will be awarded the PhD before beginning the Whitaker grant

Award summary and conditions: The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field. 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.

The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program offers a stipend commensurate with the recipient's experience and expected expenses in the host country. Award benefits include:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Monthly living stipend commensurate with the recipient's expenses
  • Health & Accident insurance
  • Travel Enhancement Fund
  • Enrichment Seminar in Europe
  • Fellows Only: Tuition (and bench fees) reimbursement, capped at US $10,000 (regardless of country of exchange or exchange rate). Individual reimbursement amounts are determined by the Whitaker Program at the time of grant award (see details).

Application process:Online and hardcopy 

Application materials: 

A complete application includes:

  • Application Form
  • Motivation and Personal Experiences Essay (1 page)
  • Previous Research Experience Essay (2 pages)
  • Proposed Plan of Study, Internship and/or Research (2 pages)
  • Future Plans Essay (1 page)
  • Foreign Language Report
  • Dean of a School or Chair of Biomedical Engineering Department Nomination Letter
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • One set of Official Transcripts from all Post-Secondary Degree Granting Institutions*
  • Letter of Support from Overseas Host Institution*
* - Indicates an application material that is NOT submitted online.
Hard copy materials should be mailed to:

Whitaker International Awards Competition
US Student Programs
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

For detailed application information and guidelines go to: The online application will generate a PDF document automatically, which you will be able to preview. To see what your auto-generated document will look like, click to see a sample PDF (283 KB).  Note: you will need Adobe Reader or a similar program to view PDF documents .

Selection process: Applicants will be notified of selection by early April and awards typically begin between the first of August and the first of October.

Contact information: The Whitaker International Program is administered by the U.S. Student Programs division at the Institute of International Education by:
Sabeen Altaf
Program Manager
Science & Technology Programs
+1 212.984.5442