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FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship Program in USA, 2014

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inviting applications for Commissioner’s Fellowship Program available for outstanding healthcare professionals, scientists and engineers. The FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship is a two-year program. Fellowship combines graduate-level training and a mentored regulatory science research project. Under the guidance of an FDA senior scientist Preceptor committed to mentoring, Fellows will explore a specific aspect of FDA regulatory science. Application deadline is May 26, 2014.

Study Subject (s): Fellows will receive regulatory science training and the chance to conduct cutting-edge research on targeted scientific, policy, or regulatory issues under the mentorship of an FDA senior scientist.
Course Level: Fellowship combines graduate-level training and a mentored regulatory science research project.
Scholarship Provider: US Food and Drug Administration
Scholarship can be taken at: Fellows will be located in White Oak, Maryland. Other Fellows will be placed at FDA campuses in Rockville, College Park, or Laurel, Maryland. Fellows working on projects at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) will work in Jefferson, Arkansas. The specific location for each project is posted with the description. Many of the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) projects are located outside the DC metro area.

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Eligibility:
-Applicants must have a Doctoral level degree (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.C., D.D.S., D.P.M., Pharm.D., Dr. P.H, or Ph.D.); however, applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an engineering discipline will also be considered.
-Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the U.S., or have been admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence at the time their applications are submitted.
-Applicants cannot be current FDA employees or FDA contractors (such as ORISE fellows).
-Applicants must have received their doctoral degree (for Engineering applicants, their Bachelor’s or Master’s) within 7 years of the start date.
Note: All degree requirements (including thesis defense) must be complete before applying.

Scholarship Open for International Students: US citizens, non-citizen nationals of the US, or have been admitted to the US for permanent residence at the time of their applications can apply for this Commissioner’s Fellowship Program.

Scholarship Description: FDA invites outstanding healthcare professionals, scientists, and engineers to apply to its two-year Fellowship Program, where they will receive regulatory science training and the chance to conduct cutting-edge research on targeted scientific, policy, or regulatory issues under the mentorship of an FDA senior scientist. The Fellowship Program combines rigorous graduate-level coursework with the development of a regulatory science research project. Under the guidance of an FDA senior scientist Preceptor committed to mentoring, Fellows will explore a specific aspect of FDA regulatory science.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship is a two-year program.

What does it cover? Salaries will be determined based on the applicants background (education, experience, area of expertise, etc.) and will be equal to others in the FDA with similar backgrounds. Exact salary amounts will only be provided to those applicants who receive tentative offer letters. Fellows will receive an excellent benefits package including health insurance, retirement investment options, and vacation leave. Applications for benefits, such as health insurance, are submitted during orientation and are processed within two weeks. Fellows are allocated a supply stipend each year for equipment, training, travel, and laboratory supplies. Use of these funds must have prior approval of your Preceptor.

Selection Criteria: Selections will be made by the Preceptors, the Fellowship Advisory Board, and the Fellowship Program staff based on submitted recommendations, applications, and the interview. The decisions will be based on past professional and academic experience, commitment to furthering the FDA’s mission, the FDA’s current or emerging Agency priorities, and leadership potential.

Notification: Applicants will be notified via email when all reference letters have been successfully uploaded into their application. Applicants will also be notified of their status on a rolling basis. All applicants will be notified if selected for an interview by August 31, 2014.

Online Application:  Applications must be submitted online.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Application deadline is May 26, 2014. Letters of recommendation will be due June 4th by 5 p.m.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application