About FDA

Commissioner's Fellowship Program

Students participating in the Commissioner's Fellowship Program

FDA invites outstanding health care 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.

Class of 2016 Application Process Key Dates

The Class of 2016 Preceptor information is available here.

  • FDA will accept applications from April 1, 2016 to May 12, 2016, 5 p.m. EST.
  • Letters of recommendation are due May 27, 2016 by 5 p.m. EST. Application website.
  • June/July -- Interviews
  • July through August - Applicants Notified
  • October - Program Start Date

Preceptors and Coursework

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 committted to mentoring, Fellows will explore a specific aspect of FDA regulatory science.

This experience can be in a biology, physics, or engineering lab, in a clinical review team, in biostatistics, informatics, epidemiology, risk analysis, or in other aspects of FDA science.

Fellows also have the opportunity to contribute to FDA's review of sponsor's applications for new products or to other regulatory reviews. They work with FDA scientists to develop better research and evaluation tools and approaches, ranging from assays for chemical or pathogen detection to methods to assess clinical or health care data.

To learn more about the proposed projects, please visit the Preceptor page.

The coursework is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the science behind regulatory review, encompassing FDA activities across foods, drugs, devices, biologics, cosmetics, and tobacco. Coursework covers public policy, FDA law and policy, and FDA budgets/operations.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants with doctoral level degrees (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.C., D.D.S., D.P.M., Pharm.D., Dr.P.H, or Ph.D.) or with bachelor's or master's degrees can apply. Each Preceptor(s) will list specific eligibility criteria for their respective projects on their project description pages annually.
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). NOTE: All degree requirements (including thesis defense) must be complete before applying.

Benefits of Working at FDA

Fellows train at FDA's White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland or at other FDA facilities. Salaries are competitive, and travel funds are available to attend scientific meetings. We offer an excellent benefits package, including health insurance, retirement, and paid vacation leave.

Contact FDA

Jeffery Braden Rexrode II
FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program Coordinator

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Office of the Commissioner

Office of the Chief Scientist
Office of Scientific Professional Development

10903 New Hampshire Ave.

Building 32 - Room 2385

Silver Spring, MD 20993

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