Is the Whitaker International Program For You?

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. Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting.



If you meet the following requirements, one or more of the Whitaker International Programs may be right for you.

You must:

  • Have U.S. citizenship OR be a permanent legal resident of the U.S.

  • 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).*

  • At the time of your grant start date, be no more than 3 years from the receipt of your most recent degree, or be currently enrolled.
    Example:  If you are applying for the 2015-16 award, the earliest you can start your grant is July 1, 2015 so if you are not currently enrolled, your last degree should have been awarded no earlier than June 30, 2012.

  • Have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure.

Please visit the specific programs for detailed eligibility requirements.

The Whitaker International Program has 2 elements.

For 2017 the program will fund:

Please note, funding for the Whitaker Undergraduate Program and the Whitaker Summer Program has been discontinued. The Undergraduate program offered its final awards for Fall 2014 and will not be accepting applications for Spring 2015 and beyond. The Summer Program offered its final awards for Summer 2016 and will not be accepting applications for Summer 2017 and beyond.

Whitaker International Program Coming to an End: December 2018
IIE has had the privilege of administering the Whitaker International Program for over 10 years. The Whitaker Foundation initiated this program shortly before closing in 2006, and provided funding to IIE to operate the program for at most 15 years.  Accordingly, IIE will administer the program until the end of 2018. 

2017 will be the last competition cycle for the awards.  Applications for 2-year awards will need to be made by the 2016 deadline, while applications for 1-year or shorter awards will be accepted through the 2017 deadline.  All awards and payments will terminate by Dec 31, 2018.

* NOTE: If you are at an institution that does not offer a formalized BME program, you should have a demonstrated commitment to the field of BME. Significant coursework, research, laboratory/work experience are some of the ways to demonstrate such commitment.