National deadline:  February 3, 2015

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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) or, if your institution doesn't offer a formalized BME program, have demonstrated commitment to the field of BME.
  • 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.
  • Hold a Bachelor's degree by the beginning date of the grant.
  • Be enrolled in a BME or BME-related Master's or PhD program OR
  • Be a recent recipient of an MS degree in BME or a BME-related field

Award summary and conditions:  The Whitaker International Summer Program provides funding for U.S. bioengineers and biomedical engineers to continue their existing Master's or PhD work abroad of high-quality, individually-arranged, research OR internship in industry OR coursework relevant to their field under the supervision of a mentor to:

  • Improve their expertise as scientists
  • Help developing scientists open their minds to think and analyze on a broader, global level
  • Build individual as well as institutional partnerships; and,
  • Establish dialogues between the scientific community in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The grant provides:

  • A fixed-amount fellowship award
  • Round-trip international fare
  • A monthly living stipend commensurate with the expected expenses in the host country.
  • Health and accident insurance

Application process: Electronic and hard copy.  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). You must submit application materials (except official transcripts and the letter of support from host institutions) online. Transcripts and letter(s) of support must be submitted in hard copy only.
A complete application includes:

  • Application Form
  • Project Abstract (2 sentences)
  • Essay (1 page minimum, 2 pages maximum)
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • One set of Official Transcripts from all Post-Secondary Degree Granting Institutions (one set whether official or unofficial must be submitted online, and one set sent as hard copy)*
  • Letter of Support from Overseas Host Institution, sent as hard copy.*

*Hard copy materials should be sent by the deadline to:

Whitaker International Awards Competition
U.S. 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.

Selection process:  Applicants will be notified about whether or not they are selected by the end of April.

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