Detailed Instructions

Please review instructions before completing the application, and refer to them when necessary


Verify your Eligibility

All applicants must:

1) Be nominated by the Dean of a School or Chair of the biomedical engineering department at their current or most recent degree granting institution.

2) Be U.S. citizens or have U.S. permanent residency.

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


February 11, 2008 for the 2008/09 academic year.
Grants must begin between July 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009.

Where to Send the Application

You must submit the application form and essays both electronically and in hard copy.

Hard copy applications and additional materials should be mailed to:

Whitaker International Awards Competition
US Student Programs
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

A Complete Application Includes:

  • Application Form (submitted both online and in paper form)
  • Motivation and Personal Experiences Essay (1 page)
  • Previous Research Experience Essay (2 pages)
  • Proposed Plan of Study, Internship and/or Research (2 pages)
  • Future Plans Essay (1 page)
  • Foreign Language Report
  • Dean of a School or Chair of Biomedical Engineering Department Nomination Letter
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • One set of Official Transcripts from all Post-Secondary Degree Granting Institutions
  • Letter of Support from Overseas Host Institution


General Do’s and Don’ts when completing an Application

  • Do not use all lower case (vivienne lee) or upper case (VIVIENNE LEE) in completing any section of the application. Use the traditional format, Vivienne Lee.
  • Do not use “NA” in any field. If you have no middle initial, leave it blank.
  • Do not use parentheses, slash marks or dashes in telephone numbers. Instead use spaces to separate numbers, e.g. (212 555 4444).
  • Do not staple or tape pages/pieces to the application.

Completing the Application

Project Host Country: Multi-country proposals are not acceptable. However, if you are applying to different programs in different countries, please list each country. Applcations to Canada cannot be accepted.

Award Category: Select either Fellow (BA, MA, Pre-doctoral) or Scholar (Post-doctoral).

6. Mailing Address: Your mailing address MUST be valid until April 30, 2008. If you need to change your address before or after this date please send an email to [email protected]

9. (GPA) Grade Point Average: Please indicate the cumulative GPA for each degree received.

11. Honors/Awards/Fellowships/Extra-Curricular Activities: Using the space provided (do not attach additional sheets), please list any honors, awards, fellowships and/or extra-curricular activities that you have received or participated in.

15. Project Title: Please limit the title to a maximum of 12 words.

16. Abstract: Using the space provided (do not attach additional sheets), provide an abstract of your project proposal.

17. Proposed Start date: This can be any time between July 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.

Fellow grant lengths are expected to be approximately one academic year in length (as defined by the academic calendar of the host country, but typically 9-12 months).

Scholar grants are typically one academic year in length, but can be as short as one academic semester, and as long as two academic years (for use in post-doctoral research fellowships). Applications should justify the length of time based on how it would benefit the applicant, the activity, and the field of BME.

18. Proposed Host Institution: List the institution/university/organization(s) in the host country with whom you intend to affiliate.

19. Proposed Program: List the program of study (if relevant) that you will pursue at your proposed host institution(s). If you will do an internship, then state "Internship"; if you will do independent research, then state "Independent Research"; if you will work as part of a research team then state "Team Project"; if you will pursue course work, then state "Course Work".

21. List of References: List the three people who will be completing references. References are NOT the same as the Dean’s nomination letter.

Essays and Forms

Four essays are required. Do not exceed the page limit noted for each essay. Text will be formatted for single spaced using standard 11-12 point font. Verify that your essay fits within the limits after entering the text online by looking at the draft version.

Dean of a School or Chair of Biomedical Engineering Department Nomination
A nomination from an applicant's Dean of a school or Chair of the biomedical engineering department is required. The Dean or Chair's nomination should be submitted with the application in a sealed envelope, signed across the flap. See form for details.

Three references are required. It is recommended that all references be from academics or professionals in biomedical engineering or a closely related field. If an applicant has attended more than one academic institution, references may be included from prior institutions. References should be submitted with the application in sealed envelopes, signed across the flap. See form for details.

An official transcript from each of an applicant’s degree awarding institution(s) must be submitted, including the current institution.

Foreign Language Report
A foreign language report is necessary for applicants to those countries in which the use of a foreign language is necessary to carry out the project and to survive living in a foreign environment. If use of a foreign language is not necessary for the completion of the grant activity, nor for survival in a foreign environment, this form is not necessary. See form for details.

Submitting the Application

All parts of the hard copy application must be submitted simultaneously in one package. A single hard copy of all documents is all that is needed.

No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted.

IIE cannot acknowledge the receipt of applications or other documents. If you want to be certain that your application packet was received at IIE, then send it by a method that will provide return receipt.

Once submitted, application materials cannot be returned.



Applicants will be notified by mail by April 15, 2008 of the competition’s results.

If you must withdraw your application at any point in the competition, please notify IIE immediately.

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