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)

Key Dates: The deadline for the Summer 2014 program has passed. Check the website for information on next year's program.


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).

Key Dates: Application deadlines are Sept-Dec each year for the following year.


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)

Key Dates: Application materials for the fellowship session beginning January 2015 will be available this summer. Check website for updated information.


The UNESCO-L'OREAL International Fellowships Programme is given to 15 women annually with the intent to exemplify the belief in supporting young female scientists. Winners are given the opportunity to conduct training and research conducive to on-going research projects at laboratories overseas for one year. Candidates must be no older than 35 and must be studying at the doctoral or post-doctoral level in one of the following fields: life sciences including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology. Applications must be endorsed by The National Commission. Direct applications not accepted.

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

Key Dates: Check website for updated and additional information.