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FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program

Application Checklist

Please gather the following items BEFORE applying for the Commissioner’s Fellowship Program.  A link to the online application will be placed on this website on April 16, 2014. 

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Please contact Jeffery Rexrode II at Jeffery.Rexrode@fda.hhs.gov with questions or concerns.

Application period for the CFP Class of 2014: 

  • Applications will be accepted from April 16, 2014 through May 26, 2014 5 p.m. EST.  Letters of recommendation will be due June 4th by 5 p.m. EST. 
  • Late June/July – Interviews
  • July through August – Applicants Notified

  • October – Program Start Date 


Green Card number if you are not a U.S. Citizen.
Verification of foreign degree if your degree is completed outside of U.S. (Please visit here for more guidance.)  An electronic copy (PDF) is required.
Electronic copy of your Resume/CV in PDF format only.
Three references and their contact information.  These references will receive email notifications requesting them to submit their letters electronically and they must submit their letters as PDFs.  A personal e-mail address is required for each reference.
Personal statement in PDF format which outlines both your educational and professional experience, as well as what has driven you to apply to the FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship Program. Address what you would bring to the FDA and how you believe this Fellowship will help you reach your short and long term career goals. Please limit your statement to one, single-spaced page, using a 12-point font.
Electronic copy of your transcripts in PDF format.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Only one file can be uploaded per application so either submit a transcript for the most relevant degree, or combine all transcripts into one file. (Please review our Eligibility Criteria.)
Go to the Commissioner's Fellowship Program website. Look at the proposed projects and select up to five. Write down the Preceptor names so that you can provide them during the application process. If a project has multiple Preceptors, you only need to list one of their names.

Important Notes:

  • Do not include your Social Security Number on any of your application materials.
  • Files over 20MB can not be uploaded into the application.  We only accept PDF files.
  • The Commissioner’s Fellowship Program is not responsible for technical issues unrelated to the application database that may result in a late or incomplete application. 
  • When an applicant submits a complete application the system will provide a confirmation number and will also automatically send three reference request emails to the references and the applicant will be copied on these messages.  Applicants should retain the confirmation number and reference letter request emails.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their references submit their letters on time.