Whitaker International

Whitaker International Program

  • Fellow and Scholar National Application Deadline: January 22, 2014
  • Summer National Application Deadline: February 4, 2014
  • Fall/Full Academic Year Undergraduate National Application Deadline: March 14, 2014
  • Spring 2014 Undergraduate National Application Deadline: October 15, 2014

The Whitaker International Program (facilitated by the Institute for International Education, also responsible for the Fulbright Program), supports biomedical engineering research at varying levels around the world. According to the program’s website, “The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook. Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting.” Whitaker Program funds undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, and professional biomedical engineers, or those whose work closely relates to the field of BME. The Whitaker is interested in high-level, innovative research efforts undertaken in a foreign country.

While UT does not facilitate a Whitaker campus selection process at this time, all students (undergraduate and graduate) are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with ONSF for guidance and support on their Whitaker International scholarship application.

Basic Eligibility Criteria

  • Have US citizenship OR be a permanent legal resident of the US
  • Be in the field of biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closely-related field (Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine)
  • Be no more than three years from the receipt of your most recent degree, or be currently enrolled
  • Have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure
  • Each of the three Whitaker options have additional, program-specific eligibility requirements. 

Types of Grants

The Whitaker International Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides funding to: “increase the number of undergraduates in BME who go abroad, to provide the opportunity for students to see BME from an international perspective early in their educations and to develop students to become future leaders in BME.” Specific eligibility requirements, application guidance and components are available here.

Whitaker International Summer Program provides funding for US bioengineers and biomedical engineers to continue their existing Master’s or PhD research work abroad OR an internship in industry OR coursework relevant to their field under the supervision of a mentor to: “improve their expertise as scientists; help developing scientists open their minds to think and analyze on a broader, global level; build individual as well as institutional partnerships; and, establish dialogues between the scientific community in the US and the rest of the world.” Specific eligibility requirements, application guidance and components are available here.

The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program sends young Biomedical Engineers anywhere outside the US or Canada in one or more of the following categories: “conducting academic or scientific research in a university or laboratory, or; pursuing coursework at an academic institution, or; interning at a policy institute, or in an industrial or non-profit setting, or; other options where possible.” Specific eligibility requirements, application guidance and components are available here.