Global Programs: Graduates

This program provides funding for U.S. bioengineers and biomedical engineers to continue their existing Master’s or PhD work abroad through individually arranged research, industry internships or relevant coursework under a mentor. Grantees must hold an undergraduate degree at the start of the award period or be a recent recipient of an MS degree in biomedical engineering (BME) or be enrolled in a BME or BME-related graduate program. Summer grantees go abroad for 8 weeks (between June 1 and August 31)

Agencies Involved: The Whitaker Foundation and the Institute of International Education (IIE)


The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) provides students in technical degrees with paid, course-related, traineeship abroad. Founded in 1948, IAESTE now involves more than 80 countries and exchanges over 4000 traineeships each year globally. Students enrolled full time in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in science, engineering, technology and applied arts can apply for short (8-12 weeks during the summer) or long term traineeships. Candidates must be between the ages of 19-30. Applications must be submitted through IAESTE country offices.

Agencies Involved: International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).


The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 16th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies (degree awarded) within the last five years may apply.  

Agencies Involved: National Academies of Science (NAS)


The UNESCO-L'OREAL International Fellowships Programme, is awarded to 15 women annually with the intent to exemplify the belief in supporting young female scientists (at the post-doctoral level). Successful candidates from the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics are welcomed.  

Agencies Involved: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), L’Oreal