Whitaker Fellows are biomedical engineers (or bioengineers, which is considered synonymous) ranging from graduating seniors to those conducting doctoral studies.
The Whitaker Foundation was created and funded by U.A. Whitaker upon his death in 1975. His wife, Helen, who shared in his philanthropy during his lifetime, joined him in bequeathing a significant portion of her estate to the Foundation when she died in 1982. Throughout its history, the Foundation primarily supported interdisciplinary medical research, with a focus on biomedical engineering. It contributed more than $700 million to universities and medical schools to support faculty research, graduate students, program development, and construction of facilities. Most of its efforts were directed toward the establishment and enhancement of formal educational programs and the support of especially talented students and faculty.
Focus- Applicants must be highly qualified and must have demonstrated significant interest in biomedical engineering. Their applications should demonstrate synergy between career goals and the proposed overseas experience. It is expected that fellows will choose productive careers in biomedical engineering, and that their overseas experience will help their professional development. Fellows should have a BS or MS degree in biomedical engineering. Because some institutions do not offer biomedical engineering or its equivalent as a degree program, exceptions may be made based on a demonstrated commitment to the field of BME through significant coursework, research, laboratory or work experience. If not currently enrolled, the applicant’s latest degree may not have been obtained more than two years prior to the start of the grant.
Eligibility- Applicants must have U.S. citizenship, or be a permanent legal resident of the U.S.; applicants must be no more than 3 years from most recent degree, or be currently enrolled; they must have the language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure; applicants must be in in biomedical engineering or bioengineering field; applicants can be a graduating senior, recent recipient of a BS, in an MS program, or recently completed one; applicants can also be in a PhD program but most recent must not be higher than an MS; applicants must be currently employed.
Submission- Applicants must submit application both electronically and mail a hard copy. Items to submit include Application 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, and a Letter of Support from overseas host institution. Each of these forms should be completed and returned to applicant in a sealed envelope, signed across the flap by the author, and returned to applicant for inclusion with application submission.
The term of the award will be for a maximum of one academic year (as defined by the academic calendar of the host country, but typically 9-12 months).
The award consists of round trip international airfare, a monthly living stipend, health & accident insurance and tuition (and bench fees) reimbursement, capped at US$35,000 (regardless of country of exchange or exchange rate).
Individual reimbursement amounts are determined by the Whitaker Program at the time of grant award, typically no greater than US$25,000
Awards typically begin between August 1st and October 1st, but may begin as early as July 1 of the competition year (2012), and as late as June 30 of the following year (2013). The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program can support between 50 and 60 grants per year