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Fellows must have a BS or MS degree in biomedical engineering (or bioengineering, which is considered here synonymous if the program emphasizes biomedical engineering), and they will not have a doctorate at the time they start the grant. The applicant’s latest degree must have been obtained not more than two years prior to the start of the grant.

Scholars must either have a degree in biomedical engineering and a doctorate (the doctorate must have been obtained not more than two years prior to the start of the grant), or be advanced PhD candidates who have been admitted to candidacy and who will receive the PhD prior to departure.

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.


January 29, 2007 for the 2007/08 academic year.
Grants must begin between July 1, 2007 and March 31, 2008.

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

The 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).

2. Mailing Address: Your mailing address MUST be valid until April 30, 2007. If you need to change your address before or after this date please send an email to whi[email protected]

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

12. 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.

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

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

15. Proposed Start date: This can be any time between July 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008.

The term of the Fellow awards will be one academic year (as defined by the academic calendar of the host country). The term of the Scholar awards can be for as little as one academic semester or as long as a full academic year. Please note that the preference for Scholar applicants is for projects that require a full academic year.

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

17. 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".

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.

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.

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, 2007 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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