The Institute of International Education (IIE)


The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. Founded in 1919 as an independent, not-for-profit organization, IIE works to solve global problems and to foster mutual understanding among the peoples of the world. Our mission is to:

  • Promote closer educational relations between the people of the United States and other countries;
  • Increase the number of students, scholars, and professionals who have the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research outside of their own countries;
  • Strengthen and internationalize institutions of higher learning throughout the world;
  • Foster sustainable development through training and technical assistance programs; and
  • Partner with corporations, foundations, and governments in finding and developing people able to think and work on a global basis.

On an annual basis, the Institute manages more than 250 programs, including the Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs, which IIE has administered on behalf of the U.S. Department of State since 1946. Dedicated to the goal of Opening Minds to the World and the creation of a new generation of global citizens, IIE programs benefit approximately 20,000 men and women from 175 nations each year. Our sponsors include the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), major philanthropic foundations, private and public corporations, foreign governments, and numerous individuals.

The Institute is strongly committed on behalf of The Whitaker Foundation to continuing to contribute to the career development of future leaders in the field of biomedical engineering, fostering greater international cooperation within the biomedical engineering community, and honoring the commitment of Mr. Whitaker. We believe this program represents an important opportunity for the American scientific community. Within the past decade, few new sources of funding have emerged to support study abroad programs for American students and professionals. Building on the vision of Mr. Whitaker, the Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program will help a new generation of American biomedical engineers gain essential international experience and become true global citizens.

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