AIMBE Scholars Program

Advancing innovation and discovery from the lab to the marketplace


The AIMBE Scholars Program enables distinguished postdoctorates in the medical and biomedical engineering fields to serve as expert advisors to policymakers at the FDA. AIMBE Scholars work side-by-side with the most influential decision makers in Washington. Scholars inform public policy through their knowledge of the latest cutting-edge research and technological innovations. Scholars receive training about the federal policy process (including budget, regulatory, and grant processes) and build relationships with key government stakeholders. AIMBE facilitates the Scholars experience throughout the program year. Some biomedical engineers participating in the AIMBE Scholars Program return to their academic, faculty, or industry careers–with greater understanding of the connections between public policy and translational science–while others go on to build new careers in public policy.

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Program Details

The AIMBE Scholars Program is a highly competitive program, consisting of one-year immersion experiences from September 1 to August 31 in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The program includes an orientation to public policy, as well as bi-monthly professional development seminars with guest speakers.


There are two options for the administration of Fellowship stipends.

Track 1: AIMBE
Candidates that require funding from AIMBE to complete the program may apply for a yearly stipend of $70,000, plus allowances for moving expenses to Washington and attendance at scientific conferences throughout the program-year. Stipend payments continue while the Scholar remains in the program. This funding option is most suited to early-career candidates within 10 years of receipt of their Ph.D.

Track 2: Sponsoring Institution

Candidates with sponsorship from an eligible institution shall indicate the source of sponsorship in the application. Non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3), governmental offices, and academic centers that are housed at non-profit, tax-exempt or public institution of higher education are eligible sponsors. Candidates with sponsorship from an eligible institution may have the opportunity to choose from a greater range of placement appointments (including NIH and Congress). This funding option is most suited to mid-career and distinguished candidates, such as members of AIMBE’s prestigious College of Fellows.

Apply Today!

AIMBE is soliciting applications for its September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016 program year. Applicants to the AIMBE Scholars Program must hold a PhD-level degree in biomedical or biological engineering or a related field, be a U.S. citizen, and have an excellent record of achievement. Dissertations must be successfully defended by June 20, 2015 and degrees conferred by August 31, 2015 to participate. A current U.S. passport and valid driver’s license are required. Applications require: (1) a Statement of interest (1,000 word maximum) that describes the applicant’s background and qualifications for the program, basis for interest in the program, including policy areas or issues of interest and skills to be acquired, and career goals, including how the program would support those goals; (2) a current C.V.; and (3) three recommendation letters. Applications materials must be submitted to by December 5, 2014.

Questions? Contact Sarah Mandell

Director of Research and Programming at AIMBE