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.
- 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 2015 the program will fund:
- 50 Fellow and Scholar Grants 
- 25 Summer Grants 
- The on-line application for both programs will be available mid August 2014
* 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.