November 2012 Archives

Funding Opportunities for Biomedical Engineering students

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to inform you of an exciting international funding opportunity for students and post-docs in Biomedical Engineering and related fields, the Whitaker International Program. Whitaker International Programs grants are available for students in all levels of their academic careers and up to 3 years from their graduation date from a degree.

The Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineers/bioengineers to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad. Applications for the 2013-2014 Whitaker International Program are now open. Full details including the type of awards, level of funding and the online application can be found at

The application deadlines are as follows:

· Fellows and Scholars Program deadline: January 21, 2013

· Summer Program deadline: February 4, 2013

· Undergraduate Fall/Academic Year 2013-14 Term deadline: March 15, 2013 (Application to open in January 2013)

Fellow and Scholar Overview

The Whitaker International Program is a competitive grant that sends emerging leaders in biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to increase international collaboration in the field. The Whitaker Program was funded by The Whitaker Foundation (now closed), and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Whitaker International Program grants are awarded based on an activity/project proposal that is relevant to biomedical engineering. We hope to offer at least 50 Fellow and Scholar grants annually; only the highest-quality applicants are awarded. In the last competition cycle, more than 70 grants were awarded, and we encourage all students/junior faculty who are considering a period of study or research abroad to apply.

Awards have included research in heart blood flow, pursuing a Master's in Bioscience Enterprise, a policy project on investment in biomedical devices, improved prosthetic leg design, and development of affordable oral cancer screening tools. Projects can occur worldwide, and have taken place in the UK, Chile, Denmark, India, South Africa, and Singapore among many other venues.

New Programs

The Whitaker International Program has two additional grants available:

· Summer Grants - For currently enrolled Master's or PhD students, or recent Master's recipients. Summer awards are for 8 weeks including a fixed fellowship award and a monthly stipend, along with additional benefits. Up to 20 awards will be available for Summer 2013.

· Undergraduate Grants - For currently enrolled Undergraduate Students with a study abroad program approved by their home university related to Biomedical Engineering. Up to 15 awards will be available for the Spring 2013 term.

Website & Online Application

The online application is now open. The website listed above has all the information pertaining to the program, including eligibility requirements, potential host institutions, and former grantee profiles.

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