Commissioner's Fellowship Program
FDA invites outstanding healthcare 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.
The application period for the Class of 2013 is over. Applications were accepted from April 16, 2013 through May 25, 2013 5 p.m. EST. Letters of recommendation were due June 4th by 5 p.m. EST.
Class of 2014 Application Process Key Dates
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. Application website.
- Late 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 committed 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, epidemiology, clinical trials and design, and statistics.
Applicants must have a Doctoral level degree (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.D.S., D.P.M., Pharm.D., Dr.P.H, or Ph.D.) to be eligible; however, applicants with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an engineering discipline will also be considered.
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).
Applicants must have received their doctoral degree (for Engineering applicants, their Bachelor's or Master's) within 7 years of the start date. 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.