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FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program

Beginning February 1, 2009, Applications Will Be Accepted for Next Year's Class.


In the fall of 2008, the FDA launched a new two-year fellowship program which provides an opportunity for health professionals and other scientists to receive training and experience at one of the world's most prestigious regulatory agencies. Fellows will train minutes from the nation's Capital at FDA's new state-of-the-art campus in White Oak, Maryland or at other FDA facilities. Stipends are extremely competitive, and travel funds are available to attend scientific meetings.
Scientists in the laboratory.

Program Description

The coursework is designed to provide an in-depth review of the sciences behind regulatory review, encompassing the activities of the FDA across foods, drugs, devices, and cosmetics. Coursework during the two years includes public policy, FDA law, leadership skills, epidemiology, clinical trials, statistics as well as devices and radiological health.


Under the guidance of a FDA senior scientist preceptor committed to mentoring, fellows will explore a specific aspect of FDA regulatory science. This is a hands-on experience in which the fellow will identify and study a topic in FDA regulatory science. The experience can be in a biology, physics or engineering lab, in a clinical review team, in biostatistics, informatics, epidemiology, risk analysis or other aspects of FDA science.



We offer an excellent benefits package including health insurance, retirement, vacation and a potential recruitment bonus. Candidates must have U.S. citizenship, be a non-citizen national of the U.S. or have permanent residence. For more information on benefits, please visit FDA Employment: Working at FDA.


FDA Mission

The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nationĂ­s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.


Who Should Apply?

Individuals must have a United States citizenship, be a non-citizen national of the U.S., or have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Doctoral level degrees (M.D., D.V.M., Pharm.D., Ph.D. or equivalent) are necessary for the health sciences and basic sciences. Engineers should have completed a B.S. degree.


How to Apply

To apply for the FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program, submit your curriculum vitae (CV) and identify three references with contact information to:


August 29, 2008

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