Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program

The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program supports emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering to study, pursue an internship, or do research overseas that will enhance their own careers within the field. 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).

Awards are typically one academic year in length and include round trip international airfare, a monthly living stipend, and health insurance. Whitaker Fellows may also receive tuition reimbursement up to $35,000. Candidates may apply to study or do research in any country outside of the U.S., except Canada. The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program supports between 50 and 60 grants per year.


  • Applicants must have degrees in biomedical engineering or bioengineering, as above, received within three years of beginning the grant.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must have sufficient language ability to carry out the project as proposed at the time of departure.


Applications are submitted online and in hard-copy through the Office of Distinguished Fellowships. Applications must include:

  • Application form
  • Motivation and personal experiences essay
  • Previous research experience essay
  • Proposed plan of study, internship and/or research
  • Future plans essay
  • Institutional nomination
  • Three letters of reference
  • Foreign language report (if applicable)
  • Host institution letter of support
  • Official transcripts

Applicants must be highly qualified and must have demonstrated significant interest in biomedical engineering. Their applications should demonstrate synergy between career goals and the proposed overseas experience. It is expected that applicants will choose productive careers in biomedical engineering and become leaders in the field, and that their overseas experience will help their professional development.


Applications are due to the Institute of International Education (IIE), which administers the Whitaker application process in January 2019 on a TBD date. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application in mid-April.

Applications for Summer Grant Program are due February 2019 on a TBD date.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey